I saved the design and building of the handles for last. Mainly, because I had no Idea what I was going to do for a handle. All I knew, was I wanted it to be made from wood. I searched through all my design books, and all over the web looking for inspiration. I finally came across Darrell Peart’s website in the Green and Green Style. Now this desk is not in the Green and Green style but I liked the simplicity of the handles on his pieces and thought they would work well with my desk. As al...
Its been a while since posting anything about hand saws, but all is not lost. I have been posting a blog entry every Friday on The Unplugged Woodshop. This past weeks entry was about hand sawing. More specifically, on stance and grip. I also made my first video showing how I teach people to hold the saw and start the cut. (below) View on YouTube And last, I know it has nothing to do with hand saws, but I made the below box Its just a small box made from some soft quilted maple....
I’m taking a tea break, I’m English and that’s how we roll, so I thought I’d put some more detail into the previous post about cutting the mortises in my (bench) legs just in case someone else wants to try this. I won’t go into the enclosed mortise; the routing process is identical, but one only needs to square off the corners. Remember from my previous post, I’m using a 1/2” router bit and a 3/4” collar so I have a 1/8” space between...
The dovetails and mortise and tenons on the carcase are done. My dovetails are getting better. Practice does make a difference. Tails done time for pins Its square. Cutting the mortises. The tape makes the knife marks easier to see, A little touchup on one end and we can cut and fit the panels front and rear.
Weekly Woodworking News Show #7: Win a Worksharp 3000, Chris Swartz hits bottom, Mike gets lonely, and more!
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The end of October, 2011, was a turning point in my Life… Those who read my Blogs will remember, that there was a small fire in the basement of our Apartment building in Manchester… While the building was certainly not destroyed, the lack of Electricity and Heat, along with the pervasive smell of Smoke, made living there untenable for Debbie and I…We moved, spending our first Winter in the hills of Henniker, NH at my Aunt’s house, who was Gracious enough to let us occu...
Split Top Work Bench #2: First part of the leg assembly construction (simple and foolproof mortise jig)
I started with 8/4 Poplar and cut it into strips about 4” wide x 3’ long and jointed and planed them flat and square, after spending two days fighting the setup on my jointer. I face glued pieces into pairs and then jointed and planed them flat and square, this time without the Sven vs jointer deathmatch. For the ahhh factor, I set the best four on the underside of the top to get a sense for how they’d look: The leg material ended up being 3 5/16” square. O...
The Broken Carpenter. Funny to think, I felt quite broken when I came up with that blog title. It’s been a year since; and I feel very much changed. Last year, my family and I moved to a new house, mostly we moved due to family issues, and mostly we wanted to move. But, a little bit, neither my wife nor I really wanted to move. When we finally left, it hurt. There is still bad family blood to this day. And I say to everyone out there that love is grand!! Anyways… We landed in t...
I have a 3’ x 8’ steel work table and I have another work table (Allan Little style), but neither lend themselves to mounting a traditional vise for hand tool work so I decided to build another work surface. This time a simple and practical split top work bench. I want the bench to be practical with no frivolous joinery and to be able to disassemble it into component parts. I started, of course, by buying a Wilton wood vise: I decided, pretty arbitrarily, on about 5...
Starting to work on the hardware for the Holtzapffel bench I am planing. Going to DIY my own wagon vice as I can’t afford the Benchcrafted Cadillac. Use Enco had a sale on Acme rod so I bought 3 3’ sections of 3/4” 6tpi acme rod, nuts and 3 hand screws. I only plan on using 12” sections of rod for the Moxon style twin screw and the wagon vice. The handwheels came without a hole bored in them so I drilled them out to 5/8” then used a grinder to take a short sectio...
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