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|162 days ago||
TFWW 12" Bow Saw - 1 reply
I’ve been looking at the TFWW 12” Bow Saw for a couple of years. There has always been something else on top of the tool list even though the little bow saw always remained near the top, if for no other reason that it’s so darn cute. A couple of weeks ago in a wild and crazy moment I ordered one, now I question why I took so lo...
|336 days ago||
Tools are a Burden - 2 replies
I’m sure many have seen this post but if you haven’t it’s worth a read: http://blog.lostartpress.com/2013/01/04/tools-are-a-burden/ It was interesting to see a post addressing something I have begun to change. I admit I’ve a tool jones, I’m getting better but still there is a long way to go. i’ve not...
|375 days ago||
Winter Solstice Gifts - 1 reply
Here’s a photo of some small boxes I made for Winter Solstice gifts. I needed three, all were going to be painted with different colors of milk paint, one had to be green (the girl child has a green jones), needless to say there ain’t a green one in this batch. All were made of scrap wood from the cutoff pile, the last box ended up...
|385 days ago||
I've got to quit seeing the UPS Girl - 17 replies
The UPS Girl has made a few drop off at Casa Chaos the last couple of weeks. I made some photos for the insurance file and thought I would share the new additions with you’ll as well. There are a couple of planes from Lie Nielson, a 51 and a 4 1/2, a spoke shave and slew block plane from Lee Valley, a Tite-Mark, and three saws from Bad...
|399 days ago||
Construction Grade SYP Roubo - 6 replies
I made some photos of the shop this AM, so I guess I’ll post photos of the bench as well as the sharpening station. I finished the basic build of the Roubo several months ago and have been slowly adding appliances, the base shelve, and holes as needed. The bench is close to perfect as a work bench, I’ve yet to find any function wh...
|399 days ago||
Sharpening Station - 2 replies
I tend to be agnostic as to what is the true way to sharpen tools. How I sharpen depends on the tool and its intended use. Most of the time I work towards “sharp enough” and an edge that will stay sharp enough to get the job done. Sometimes that requires the use of the Tormek or a jig, most of the time freehand works good enough a...
|516 days ago||
Kvetch - 4 replies
We have a couple of “wood stores” here in Tucson, one is mostly a commercial operation with limited hours, the other is a supplier of wood to mostly hobbyest and smaller commercial operations with mail order wood as well. The prices at the “other” are higher but it’s where I end up buying most of my wood because it...
|518 days ago||
In the Short Rows - 6 replies
Last March I drove over to Austin to pick up a few hundred board feet of SYP for my planned Roubo bench. I let it set for a few weeks before I started milling and of course “life” intrudes. Long story shorter, I finished the last of the assemblies, the leg vise, this AM. The bench has a BenchCrafted “wagon” vise and leg...
|527 days ago||
Paul Seller's Method of Sharpening - 2 replies
Today I came across a thread on one of the other Forums or Blogs about Paul Sellers and a couple of the posts were about his method of sharpening. I’ve been using his method for awhile using both diamond and oil stones and all I can say is it works, it’s fast, and it is easy. When I first read about using a convex bevel and eve...
|533 days ago||
Flatting Backs of Iron - 1 reply
I received a new to me Pexto 3/4” chisel a couple of weeks ago. Tonight was the first time I had the time to clean it up and put in into working condition. It wasn’t in too bad a shape, just the usual rounded over back from incorrect sharpening and the wood needed some cleaning and BLO. I use sandpaper on granite for the course ...
|544 days ago||
Collecting Can Be Hazardous to Your Money - 7 replies
eBay had several Stanley #5s coming up to final time yesterday. Most of them looked good and were pre-type 16s with one type 9 and all had almost no bidding action showing, bids of $10 to $15 USDs with either 1 or 2 bids. Either I messed up someones party, or for sure they messed up mine. Of all the planes I wanted the type 9 to help complete...
|552 days ago||
Six Baileys - 23 replies
Over the last couple of months I’ve been putting together a full working set of Stanley Bailey pattern planes, the only rules were: These are for me to keep so get good ones, no type 16 (1933-1941) or later, and forget the #1 and #2 Baileys, I would guess for someone they would be in their working set but what the hey it’s my post an...
|560 days ago||
Galootathon Today - 0 replies
I’m in the short rows on my Roubo build but….. I used SYP, good stuff for benches, stiff, heavy, and most important cheap. I’ve made a number of benches out of SYP, its only draw back is until it settles it can do stupid wood tricks. Glue up into slabs or thicker pieces helps most times. I build the top in two slabs, fig...
|567 days ago||
A Reminder - 0 replies
During my routine square check today my 12” Starrett did not mark out 90. Took the blade out and noticed a very slight bit of gunk in the grove. Cleaned it out with a scotch bright pad and it is back dead nuts. Just a reminder to check your squares and keep ‘em clean.
|567 days ago||
Wagon Vice Works - 2 replies
I finished the Benchcrafted wagon vice installation on the Roubo bench this AM. It works like a champ, only misstep was I mis-cut the dog block so it will need to be re-made. I have to say it is a relief to get the wagon vice install done, it was the only area of the bench build where a mistake could have been costly in time and effort. Bot...
|589 days ago||
Bad Axe Saw - 2 replies
Several months ago I ordered a Bad Axe 12” hybrid dovetail saw, filed rip with mesquite tote and stainless back and saw nuts. It showed up today, what a beautiful saw that cuts very aggressive but with a thin smooth kerf. My guess, I have a new “go to” saw.
|600 days ago||
Truing Top - 1 reply
I’ve started my new work bench, a split top Roubo made with SYP and BenchCrafted vices. The tops have been milled and glued up, the front slab has been trued and I’m almost finished with the back slab. The milling was done with a band saw, a powered jointer and planer but all the truing has been by hand. The hardest part is deal...
|610 days ago||
Refurbished Planes vs. New - 27 replies
Full disclosure: I have a tool jones, the major reason I have a woodworking shop is so I have an excuse to buy and refurbish old chisels, saws, and planes but I’m not a collector and I have no problem with frankenplanes, chisels with my turned handles or saws with polished saw plates and replacement handles. I like to return a tool to pri...
|629 days ago||
A2 vs. O1 - 7 replies
If given a choice I will pick O1 steel for my blades. Last night was an example of why. I have a newer Stanley Sweetheart block plane with, I would guess, A2 steel, I haven’t used it much but I needed to plane some end grain Ash. Figured it would need a touch of honing before hand….it did but…..after rubbing on the translu...
|636 days ago||
Oil Stones - 7 replies
I didn’t want to hijack another thread, one asking questions about the care and feeding of water stones, so let’s beat to death the oil vs. water in a new thread. Full disclosure, I have full sets of water, diamond plate, and Arkansas stones, all supplemented by a Tormek T-7 and at times will use any and all but for day to day sh...