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12-16-2016 05:28 PM

Hand Tool Woodworking Jigs & Fixtures - 11 replies

 As I have followed various threads on this site I have observed a renewed interest in traditional woodworking methods, as many of you are discovering the pleasure and advantages of using hand tools. Unfortunately, traditional woodworking is not as simple as flipping off the switch to that power tool and picking up the corresponding hand tool. ...

12-14-2016 03:52 PM

Need Help Identifying Tool Part - 9 replies

 Came across this yesterday at a local flea market; was told it was part of a tool. I’m afraid I cannot identify the component nor the tool it may have came from. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!  

11-07-2016 05:51 PM

Birds of a Feather (redux) - 146 replies

NOTE: Revised from original post to be more inclusive (thanks, Andy!).  Trying to determine if there are any minimalist, quasi-historical, hand tool junkies on LJ besides me. I for one: Work with minimal hand tools, ONLY (no exceptions!) Use period/vintage construction technique Use no modern fasteners (cut nails and screws ONLY, if abs...

10-21-2016 12:58 PM

Building a Hand Crank Drill Press - 99 replies

 In keeping with the “unplugged” motif, I want to build a hand crank drill press like the one reportedly depicted in Siever’s ‘Il Pianoforte…” 1868.    This is most likely a late 18th or very early 19th century design given the fact that steam power was available way before 1868. I’m trying to find more information, photos, and/or drawings...

08-24-2016 01:18 PM

Shop Lighting - Natural or Artificial? - 5 replies

Given that I use no power tools, or even have electricity in the shop for that matter, I rely solely on natural light. Overcast or stormy days make working difficult in that I have to light a few candles. It is interesting how one’s eyes adjust … I only hope that continues. How about you? What is your shop lighting situation?

08-22-2016 02:23 PM

How Many Hand Saws Do You Really Use? - 20 replies

How many hand saws do you really use? I don’t mean collect and have on display; but really use? I use eleven: tenon sawback sawsmall panel sawlarge panel sawfret sawcoping sawdovetail sawcrosscut sawsmall rip sawlarge rip sawturning frame saw


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