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09-15-2017 08:26 PM

Dyeing Walnut - 14 replies

My initial thought was to finish my current Prie Dieu build with boiled linseed oil and shellac. Having had the walnut in the shop for the last three years, a few boards seem to have faded a bit. Imagine that … sunlight in my shop! Who would have thought? Anyway … it appears that I will have to do a bit of dyeing to get an even color across sap ...

08-25-2017 12:52 PM

Is It Just Me? - 5 replies

Is it just me … or has audiogats  become quite annoying?

05-25-2017 09:20 PM

Canned French Fries and Pastry - 6 replies

During the course of my William & Mary Prie Dieu build, I had more than a few folks ask about the ever-present soup cans residing on my workbench. Contrary to popular belief, these cans do not contain french fries, nor pastry. In fact, sitting on my bench is a can of spills created with my spill plane and an oil wick.                 The spi...

04-27-2017 07:58 PM

Split Spindle on a Spring Pole Lathe - 8 replies

My next Prie Dieu will feature a a split spindle. I’m aware of the brown paper glue-up to achieve this, but I’m concerned about stressing the glue joint with my spring pole lathe. I do not have mandrels, just metal centers from a weaving shuttle.  I’ve considered driving cut nails from opposite directions at the ends of the tur...

04-21-2017 07:38 PM

Please Help Me to Understand ... - 6 replies

For those of you that make comments on 2 to 3, sometimes 6 year old dead threads … why would you do that? Are you just that far behind in reading posts? I’m not trying to start a fracas … just curious … thanks!

04-06-2017 03:16 PM

Joint Pains - 8 replies

In my current Prie Dieu build, I have pondered several transitions from the William & Mary frame to the kneeling platform. On the original desk on frame there is a 3/4 inch half-round transition between the frame and desk. I want this same 3/4 inch half-round along the edges of the platform, I intend to have mitered breadboard edges. I also ...

01-25-2017 08:09 PM

Plans or No Plans ... - 112 replies

 I have read a great number of postings on LJ by folks seeking plans to build this or that, but having no luck finding such. We have in our mind’s eye an image of what we want, but cannot seem to find it on paper, anywhere. Of course not! The project doesn’t exist. Even if we stumble upon a drawing that is similar; it will never be w...

12-16-2016 05:28 PM

Hand Tool Woodworking Jigs & Fixtures - 32 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) - 219 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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