When I got started into woodworking, it was all about doing projects around the house. Every project I completed got me a new (power) tool. Its how I built my shop.
I started with a circular saw and a router I got for my birthday. I built a bookshelf, got a drill.
I built a built in entertainment center and got a cast iron table saw and an antique haunted jointer.
My neighbor asked me to build his entertainment center and he bought me a new lighter drill and I got a 12” lunchbox planer.
I built a built in work desk and got a better jointer, a Kreg jig, and some other tools.
I did some wainscoting in my house and I got an HVLP sprayer, and on and on until I had a complete shop setup. I’ve done all sorts of builds in my home, including a complete remodel of stairs, desks, window trim on and on.
Finally I got to the point in my home where my “honey do” list is no longer major projects, but the occasional fix, or small project here and there. It gave me time to refocus my hobby from home improvement to finer things.
I found the ultimate weekend project: fixing hand tools.
I all started with this guy:
A early 1900’s #5 I found in an antique store. It sat as a display on my shelf representing an era long gone. I bought it for decoration, then one day I got a crazy idea to sharpen the blade…
I had a crown gent saw with a rosewood file type handle that I had bought several years prior, I used it once and thought, “this thing sucks” One day, I was flipping in the pages of a FWW magazine from I think 1999 that someone gave me, and I saw an article about new handles on old saws. I tried it. I had some walnut that was laying around the shop, using a jigsaw, some forstner bits, and a rasp I made the handle.
Originally I used steel screws that I had torched to color them a bit. Eventually in collecting more saws, I found some old brass screws that have now replaced the out of place steel screws. I use it almost every day.
In the process of cutting out the mortise for the handle I cut my finger really deep, I learned a great lesson.
Your hands should never be ”down range” of a sharp chisel.
Now I’m hooked. In the next while I’ll start to document the progress of what I am doing, and work to catch up on what I have done.
Its the ultimate weekend project, no glue, no clamps… Just a piece of wood, some filing and sanding and cutting and its a completely different tool. Going from one that I hated, to one I LOVE.