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Blog entry by Woodbutchery posted 03-24-2017 03:41 AM 476 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

since I’ve made any entry.

I tend to be an action person, and less likely to post things about stuff I’ve built, etc. Mostly upbringing and I’d rather be doing than showing, as it were. I will need to get past that, if for no other reason than to return to this community that offers helpful feedback and encouraging comments.

I have been doing more in my workshop than I used to, but much of it is small stuff, or working on technique. I’ve been watching a lot of videos by Paul Sellers, and I have to admit that I like his style and his passion for woodworking. While there are many out there with the same passion, I’m sticking with this particular set of techniques as a starting point.

I’ve recently acquired a Eclipse 9” quick release vise that I just finished installing on my bench. The Rockler 9” vise I had installed has nothing on this; about a third of the weight and nowhere near the grip. Below is a picture of the vise clamped to the bench in preparation for mounting.

Much of my efforts lately are to spend time practicing different techniques; sharpening and setting hand saws (I’ve acquired several Disston handsaws), putting together a shooting board, bench hooks (all done with hand tools), and maintaining the few hand planes I have (a Stanley 4 1/2, a Stanley block plane, and a Stanley rabbet plane). That, and trying to winnow out my scrap cabinet with all the little projects and such.

I don’t plan on spurning machines entirely, especially as we prepare the house and work on trim and such. Projects in the queue include a long side table (which I hope to have finished soon), a writing desk to replace the business behemoth that I’m using now, shutters to replace the cheap looking shutters we have now, as well as various and sundry trim adjustments about the house. I’m currently practicing mortice and tenon joinery techniques so I can use them for my side-table, and eventually, the writing desk. Pictures and entries as I remember to do them.

Most of all, I’m working on refining my builds and trying to work more methodically, rather than let myself get in the “got to get things done” mode, which my psyche will tend to. Trying to enjoy the journey, and so far, I’m more successful than I though I’d be.

So, I’ll work on getting some pictures of things I’ve done lately, the vise mounting, and find some time to work on my projects. Thanks, Ron, for encouraging me to get back into the contribution mode.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery



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#1 posted 03-24-2017 11:16 AM

My pleasure, Woodbutchery! Welcome to the slower, quieter side of things. I look forward to the photos.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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