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Great Little Lock

Great Little Lock

05-12-2017 05:01 PM by Ron Aylor | 11 comments »

I needed a lock for my recent William & Mary Prie Dieu build. Woodcraft of Atlanta came through for me with the JG Eldelen Full Mortise Chest Lock (Item No. 130261). Easily installed, very sturdy with smooth operation; a great little lock. I did not use the strike plate in my installation, as I opted for a handmade angled wooden version. If you chose to use the strike plate, do so with care, as it is very thin and bends easily. The escutcheon looks really nice, especially with the Wil...

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Looks Square to Me ...

Looks Square to Me ...

01-23-2017 05:34 PM by Ron Aylor | 22 comments »

For years I have used but four squares; a 2 inch steel engineer’s square, a 12 inch Empire combination square, an antique 9 inch rosewood square, and a 24 inch framing square. All of these instruments have been tweaked and tuned, and match each other perfectly. Or, as perfect as perfect can get! Recently, I found my myself in need of a square somewhere between my 9 inch and 2 inch squares. It is possible to bend the ruler if too much of the length is hanging off the work piece. I dec...

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My Kingdom for a Set of Antique Center Bits

My Kingdom for a Set of Antique Center Bits

01-13-2017 08:48 PM by Ron Aylor | 11 comments »

 As you may or may not know, I recently completed a hand crank drill press inspired by a drawing of one reportedly depicted in Siever’s ‘Il Pianoforte…” 1868.         I thought it only fitting to have a set of antique center bits to accompany my new/old drill press. Well, we all know these are had to come by. So, my next best option was to find something to emulate those wonderful old bits, and spade bits seemed like a logical solution. Most of the spade bits I examined though had rather s...

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Luckily You Don't Always Get What You Pay For!

Luckily You Don't Always Get What You Pay For!

01-13-2017 04:48 PM by Ron Aylor | 26 comments »

 Having read mixed reviews of Windsor Design chisels from Harbor Freight, I decided to check them out for myself, and I’m very glad I did. As most of the reviews were dated, some going back as far as 2012, I do believe the Windsor Design folks have taken notice. For the unbelievably low price of $9.99, the six-piece set #62641 is quite remarkable. Out of the package the grinding was somewhat rough, but like all new chisels they need sharpening. The handles seemed fine to me, hefty an...

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