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Misc. Shop Stuff #2: Traditional Cabinetmaker's Tail Vise

05-18-2012 06:58 PM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 24 comments »

This bench is at my dad’s shop in a nearby town, decided it would get more use there than next to mine. He’s not the kinda guy to use it, though, oh well. In the meantime, if you’re looking at adding a tail to your bench build, thought it’d be worthwhile to post a few pictures showing the detail of the build way back when (bench is about a hundred years old, would have to guess). It actually isn’t as weird when you see the nits and grit...

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Charles Rohlfs Oak Desk, Stickley Ellis Table & Iconic Crafts, Nelson Atkins Art Gallery Kansas City

04-30-2012 05:23 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 23 comments »

Wow! I made it, I finally made it, and oh what a surprise to find a museum with Iconic Furniture pieces intermixed with a lot of European, Asian, Native American, Egyptian, and some strange Contemporary Stuff that someone else calls “art”. ————————- WARNING: If you are easily offended by my silly notions of what looks good and is well built, please don’t read any farther. I’m just giving my opinions, that is what ...

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Old Fitted Tool Chest

02-05-2012 08:55 PM by iozl | 14 comments »

I came across this old tool chest on an auction site and thought I would share. It reminds me of a mini-Studley chest. I would imagine the original owner was a very talented individual. . . . . . . . .. .. .. .

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Presenting: The Galoot Index (GI)!

11-28-2011 07:28 AM by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 92 comments »

SPECSTimeframe: Nov 2011Wood Used: None. This is a concept.Galoot Index (GI): That’s the point of this post, namely, identifying a consistent set of indicators that reflect degree of handtool use in a project on LJs.Cost: $0 NARRATIVEI’ve done a number of project postings on LJs and included a fictional, totally subjective numeric index meant to reflect my use of handtools vs. stationary routers, tablesaw jigs, etc. With the posting of my Six Board Chest (27 Nov 2011) came a few requests f...

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Occasional Table Class (Hand Tool Build) #1: The Big Announcement; And a Bit About The Tools.

08-11-2011 05:54 AM by RGtools | 19 comments »

Recently I was contacted by MsDebbie to instruct a class on hand work (a big “thank you” to you and the person…you know who you are…who recommended me for the task). The focus is to be on someone who is getting into hand work or just starting and wants to use hand tools only. The whole point was to focus on the basic skills of calorie burning woodwork, quality and efficiency. I plan to start the class in late October which should help students scramble for tools if nee...

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Crescent jointer restoration #1: getting started

11-14-2011 05:42 PM by MedicKen | 3 comments »

Well, I have decided to restore my Crescent 8” jointer. I was going to sell it and make a swap for an Oliver 8” but figured it would be an even swap. If I am gonna sell it, it will be for an upgrade and I don’t have the room for a 12” at this time. The jointer is in decent shape given its age, its about 90 yrs old. I was starting to have a few issues with it so its time. It is a belt driven machine powered with a really nice 2hp replusion start Fairbanks Morse motor...

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Planes restored - Because I can. #7: Sharpening. Its all in your head.

07-05-2011 03:14 AM by Don W | 6 comments »

Edited 1-12-2014 Edited to add some notes for plane restoration and for further free hand instructions and clarifications. I use an 8” aluminum oxide wheel for my bench grinder. And yes I’ve put the cover back on. I can still burn a blade if I’m not reasonably careful, but It works fairly well. I like the 8” wheel because the hollow in the bevel is smaller, making for a stronger edge. I also made this bench guide similar to one in one of Krenov’s boo...

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dw- Plane notes from the field #1: dw's plane notes - General

06-28-2011 02:14 PM by Don W | 6 comments »

I started a document on one of my computers for notes I keep on plane information. My issue is I have several work laptops, a few personal laptops and travel a lot so keeping the notes in one place is a challenge. I figured this way, I could get to them from anywhere, including my windows 7 phone when looking at buying a plane, and maybe others would find the information useful as well. I’ll try to break up the information into logical units as separate blogs in this series. As alway...

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The Humble Hand Brace - A Beginner's Guide to Restoring, Buying and Using #8: Part 8 - Tips and Tricks on Using a Hand Brace

10-25-2011 04:00 AM by Brit | 74 comments »

Sorry it has taken me so long to post the final part to this blog series. Life just gets in the way sometimes. However, here it is and I hope you enjoy it. In this episode I wanted to look at using a hand brace and explore some of the so called hints and tips out there to see if they really are useful. I’ll also show you how to get in touch with your inner level. I’m assuming you’ve sharpened your auger bits like I showed you in the last episode. A sharp auger bit is paramount for drilling...

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Woodworking as Therapy #1: What's old again is new again

10-30-2011 01:35 AM by Betsy | 22 comments »

I”M BACK! Sorry – I should not have shouted so loudly. I’ve been lurking in the background for quite some time and have from time to time posted a stray comment or two. But I’ve not been very active in actual woodworking for quite some time. I have had some false restarts and stops and so now I’m starting again and hoping this will not be another false start. Some of you “old timers” will know that I was at one time quite active on the site an...

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