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Blog series by RGtools updated 08-07-2012 12:12 AM 14 parts 26563 reads 131 comments total

Part 1: Tools, wood and a great payoff

03-21-2011 05:23 AM by RGtools | 11 comments »

It’s been a great month for tools and progress in my shop. I finally got all my planes hung up on the rack I posted earlier. I’ve had a much better time keeping my tools sharp since. Something about having the tools right in front of me gives my an instant inventory of what I need to do. I moved my saws around to make room for my newest bowsaw a massive rip tooth machine (5 tpi. cut twice as fast as my 5 tpi panel saw). I finally managed to get a hold of the dovetail marker fro...

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Part 2: Took the 50 home.

03-22-2011 04:09 AM by RGtools | 12 comments »

It’s rare when you can take a vintage tool home for a good price it’s incredible when you can a take vintage tool home and it requires no tune up. I finally found a plow plane. I haven’t even sharpened the blades yet and it makes good shavings. A sharpening session and a good coat of oil is all this guy needs. Of course I need to make a box for the blades…and maybe another shelf. There’s always more work and that makes me smile.

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Part 3: Mobile workstation

04-12-2011 03:25 PM by RGtools | 5 comments »

For quite some time I have been contemplating a workbench that I could pack in the car, with a small set of tools, so I could do a bit of handwork during my lunch breaks. The thing that has always stopped me is the worry of wood movement due to the temperature extremes in the car. But when I think of it I don’t want to do my major projects out there, even if I just practiced joinery I think it would serve the purpose of helping to ease my stress levels. So here comes the tricky parts...

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Part 4: Building better boxes

04-17-2011 04:13 AM by RGtools | 2 comments »

I needed a way to practice making dovetailed drawers without the pressure of it being in a full scale piece of furniture. Having done a few practice dovetails that did not go into anything I wanted to start making things that actually provided some use. So my goal was to make these boxes for storing seed (my wife has an impressive collection of seed she saves for the garden). The first one made of teak was not an impressive piece, I made numerous mistakes, cut on the wrong side of the l...

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Part 5: Giving back

04-19-2011 04:53 AM by RGtools | 10 comments »

I am to that point in my shop where I need to clear out old tools to make room for new better ones. For some time I have been neglecting this task because I possess the typical pack-rat gene that is inherent in most of us. The idea of a yard sale was appealing but I just have not gotten around to it, and my unused tools sat taking up space and collecting dust. Then when I was speaking to a coworker, I found out her young son likes to carve with his Swiss army knife but has not gotten any f...

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Part 6: Another Reason to hate finished handles.

05-08-2011 04:02 AM by RGtools | 6 comments »

I needed a new handle for my hewing hatchet, I have way too many projects right now to build one so I broke down and shelled out the 6 bucks for one. I always sand off the finish on my handles so I can just apply oil, the tool just feels better that way. It removes the bugs too.

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Part 7: Dulling Planes and Scraper Shaves

05-12-2011 05:12 AM by RGtools | 4 comments »

It’s been awhile since I have made any sort of update here so I wanted to say a bit of what I was up to. But first and ode to one of the unsung heroes in my shop. !https://s3.amazonaws.com/lumberjocks.com/ll2ang9.jpg! This lovely little plane just does not get enough credit. The mouth is wide, it has no chip breaker, the sole is almost flat, the sides are dented beyond all repair and yet without this little guy I could not work the way I do. As you can see I have never used this ...

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Part 8: What Scrapers Can Do For Scraper Shaves

05-15-2011 04:49 AM by RGtools | 5 comments »

Just a quick post today. Carved out handle with rough spots. A little scraper and a little time. A little bit more here. And there we have it, smooth enough to work with. No sandpaper was harmed during the writing of this blog.

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Part 9: A Tool tote for Thomas

05-30-2011 11:38 PM by RGtools | 3 comments »

Some of you who follow this blog (all 3 of you) might remember that some time ago I gave a starter set of tools to a young man just getting into the craft. The first thing he wanted to build was a tool box so his stuff did not get messed up (kid after my own heart). I was unable to teach him in person (our schedules just don’t line up…10 year olds are busy these days). But with the miracle of the internet and a complete incompetent in the editors chair (me) I was finally able to p...

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Part 10: Tool Tote for Thomas vid 2

05-30-2011 11:46 PM by RGtools | 0 comments »

Some of you who follow this blog (all 3 of you) might remember that some time ago I gave a starter set of tools to a young man just getting into the craft. The first thing he wanted to build was a tool box so his stuff did not get messed up (kid after my own heart). I was unable to teach him in person (our schedules just don’t line up…10 year olds are busy these days). But with the miracle of the internet and a complete incompetent in the editors chair (me) I was finally able to produce an in...

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Part 11: Tool tote for Thomas vid 3

05-30-2011 11:48 PM by RGtools | 4 comments »

Some of you who follow this blog (all 3 of you) might remember that some time ago I gave a starter set of tools to a young man just getting into the craft. The first thing he wanted to build was a tool box so his stuff did not get messed up (kid after my own heart). I was unable to teach him in person (our schedules just don’t line up…10 year olds are busy these days). But with the miracle of the internet and a complete incompetent in the editors chair (me) I was finally able to produce an in...

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Part 12: NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

07-18-2011 03:08 AM by RGtools | 31 comments »

A picture is worth a thousand words, and if I used the ones I was thinking of I might get kicked off this site. Not quite on the shelf, concrete floor, bad, want to cry now. So I invite you to share any of your stories about how you may have trashed one of your nicer tools so others may avoid our fates. P.S. At least replacement blades are only $9…but still you should never have to watch your favorite tool sail towards concrete.

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Part 13: A few pictures from the shop

08-02-2012 01:22 PM by RGtools | 13 comments »

I felt an update was in order since I last posted here. Some of the pictures I have taken tell the story better than I can (at least before the coffee hits my system). I’ll try and post an update on the harvest room and a couple of insights gleaned from my current build, but that requires me to be in fighting form…so today I’ll just leave it at this. I’m having a blast.

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Part 14: A quick safety tip.

08-07-2012 12:12 AM by RGtools | 25 comments »

When using a striking block to assemble joinery. Make sure to use a block that you can grip from the sides and not from the top. The below image is the “don’t” picture. This of course happened in the beginning of the below glue up…as if I needed it to be more interesting. Hope your next glue up goes well. Ryan

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