Hollows and Rounds – I have not had much shop time over the last couple of weeks. Actually I have had no shop time … I’ve been down with the flu! I traveled to Maryland two weeks ago and must have pick up the bug at the airport....
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Location: Lilburn, Georgia
Hand tool woodworker from Virginia residing in Lilburn, Georgia, with my bride of 20 years. Upon discharge from the U.S. Army in the early 1970s I became a firefighter for the Richmond County FD in Augusta, Georgia. I then went on to work as a Draftsman in the cabinet industry during the mid to late 1980s before becoming a Funeral Diector in 1993.
I am fortunate to have been raised by a father possessing the highest level of common sense in the world. Unschooled and mostly self-taught, Dad worked as an automobile mechanic, providing our family with everything we needed and just about everything we wanted. Thanks Dad!
Dad had a way of finding those vehicles that everyone else had given up on and said were nothing but worthless junk. Sometimes, using nothing but a pair of pliers, 9/16” wrench, battery, and a can of gas, he'd start it up and drive it back to the shop. Then, spending some time connecting this, tightening that, tapping out a few bents, he'd spray on a fresh coat of paint and sell it to one of those naysayers for a sizable profit. Go Dad!
Having come from modest beginnings is perhaps the reason I chose the minimalist approach to woodworking. Growing up in Virginia, surrounded by so much of our colonial history, is another. I use no power tools and very few hand tools, compared to others. My tools are by no means candidates for the next cover of Fine Woodworking magazine, nor are they emblazoned with the name of the latest woodworking guru; they're just tools! Don't get me wrong, my tools are clean, sharp where need be, and do what I demand of them. My dad taught me early on that knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.
I realize this approach is not for everyone, but my shop is my sanctuary. The quiet I experience is deafening. Nothing quite compares to that little click as the auger bit protrudes from the backside of the work piece.
-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia. Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.
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Mortise and Tenon Joints – I’ve spent the last couple of days in the shop laying out mortises … ... and cutting tenons. The visible part of the frame is of 7/4 stock. That part of the frame under the kneeling platform will be ...
Rip Saw Tune-up and Frame Members – I finished turning the legs a couple of days ago. I think they turned out quite nicely. If not viewed directly side by side they seem to match well enough. Not bad for a spring pole lathe! Given the fram...
Replication in a Cold Dark Shop – Looks like it’s going to be another cold rainy day in Lilburn … ... well, not too cold. It’s 50° in the shop and I thought, Replication in a Moderately Cool Dark Shop, was too wordy a tit...
Getting the Jump on Lent – Lent, an Old English word meaning “spring,” the time of lengthening days, is that season of the Church between Ash Wednesday and Easter. During the season of Lent, many Christians commit to fasting or ...