We have so many things coming down the birth canal this month that we should install stoplights?
Next week we will release our embroidered SuperWoobie™* on the world. This is our favorite microfiber cloth embroidered (here in Covington) with “Don’t Despair – Nothing Without Labour” on one corner. It’s a small, encouraging reminder you’ll see every time you wipe down your tools after a good (or off-the-rails) day in the shop.
I expect these to be $23 or $24 retail. They’ll come with instructions and a small zippered bag that makes soaking the rag with oil a simple task.
After that, look for the Lost Art Press Full-zip Hoodie. Tom Bonamici investigated what it would take to sew and stitch a hoodie, and then we compared the price and quality to the American Giant zip hoodies, which are the best ones that I know of on the market today. We decided to use American Giant as our supplier because we couldn’t beat the price or quality.
I have worn these hoodies for years and can vouch for their comfort, fit and durability. Ours will be printed with the “Nothing Without Labour” logo on the back with a bee printed on the front. I don’t have a retail price calculated, yet.
After that, the Crucible Dovetail Template is coming. This is a solid steel template based off the Woodjoy Tools one that is no longer made (yes, we are paying the designer a royalty on every tool sold). This is Megan Fitzpatrick’s favorite dovetail marker and has slopes for 1:6 and 1:8 dovetails.
Unlike the original, ours is milled out of one piece of solid steel, which reduces assembly time for us and ensures a perfect 90° at the corner. The price will be less than $50. In time I hope we will come out with a marker that also has 1:4, which is the redneck dovetail slope I prefer.
And after that, our beautiful edition of Joseph Moxon’s “Mechanick Exercises or the Doctrine of Handy-Works” will arrive. This important early woodworking book deserves to be in print at a price everyone can afford (about $25 for a clothbound book with sewn signatures). Plus every book sold will help benefit the Early American Industries Association, which assisted with book production.
— Christopher Schwarz
*We didn’t really trademark SuperWoobie™, ChairChat™ or 38” Workbench™. I just finally learned to make a trademark symbol on the keyboard and am enjoying it.
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Any news or at least a peek of the tool aprons?
They will be stitched in March. We hope to release them in April.
You’re going to make me poor with all these new tool releases!
Congrats on the TM sign. However, am I the only one whose phone displays these signs (and only them) in a gargantuan font size, ie much larger than the remainder of the text?
Also, do you have a picture of the dovetail template next to a hand for size comparison?
Best of thanks in advance!
I added a photo to the bottom of the post. Each of the sloped legs are 1-3/8″ long. The square leg is 1-5/8″ long, so it reaches across two 3/4″ boards when gang-cutting dovetails.
Are you looking at the RSS feed, Julius? It looks like something there is replacing the Unicode ™s with with the WordPress Emoji (wpemoji) image, which, when rendered at their default size, looks huge compared to the text.
Sign me up for the 14° dovetail marker when you get there. And make some clothes for us folks who are always warm! No hoodies or chore coats. How about LAP Woodworking Shorts? Pockets for a square, dovetail marker, chisel, loop for a mallet, and a pouch for a cat.
Make it an LAP kilt instead of shorts if you like.
The waist apron we are finishing up is exactly that. Shop aprons make me too dang hot. And the leather ones… create an imprint of sweat on my clothes.
Excellent choice on the hoodie supplier! American Giant makes a terrific one, they are very well made and durable. I look forward to them.
Time to save money and pause on buying groceries! Woohoo!
Badda bing, badda bing, badda boom!
The fact that I don’t need yet another 1:6 dovetail marker wont prevent me from buying this one.
Seems like the world isn’t in much need of another dovetail marker but hey, it’s certainly your call and I’m sure it will be a good one. But, what we really need is a nice LAP bookplate with space to add the owner’s name and maybe a catchphrase. Even a quality jpeg for a few bucks would be good enough! Then one could choose some cool paper to print at the size they want. (and no room on your stock shelves would be needed!). Glad to see you aren’t spending all your time in the shop and are continuing to offer quality products.
Back when Chris shipped all the books from his house, he signed them. When the book shipping moved to a fulfillment center in another state, he had to stop, but started selling really nice bookplates, printed on a letterpress. But too many idjits started whining about it, and he stopped.
If any of you are still out there, thanks for ruining it for the rest of us.
I’ve had my American Giant hoodie for maybe 10 years and it’s the absolute best clothing investment I’ve made. Just astounding quality.
Your trademark sign looks all fuzzy… like it was a reduced jpg™. Are you using ALT 0153 to make that?
Fuzzy little trademarks are our trademark
Does American Giant hoodie sweatshirts come in tall man sizes? Will you have them in tall sizes?
I wear tall sizes. It is not necessary with AG. They are long.
Can’t wait for the dovetail marker!
I’ve had the WoodJoy dovetail marker for years and it’s great! Smart move picking it up (and classy-with-a-TM symbol for paying the designer). Glen had some wonderful tools—never did score one of those ingenious squares but always meant to, hint hint .)
The Woodjoy DT marker is a favorite user tool, but (I’m thinking as the owner of a manufacturing plant), even small batches, making the marker as Woodjoy did, is more efficient, lower cost and much less scrap?
Woobies, crucibles and tomes. Going to spin Harvest and think about the possibilities.
Have you considered Woobie lined underware? Just a thought.
“Nil Sine Labora”
Motto of Brisbane Grammar School-Brisbane Aust. Also Check out todays river flood and down east coast of Australia!!
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