After completing lapping and polishing all the Hollow Chisel (HC) external surfaces it was time to go inside. It was a pretty ugly view I tell you. A very rough surface finish indeed, so out with the paper and dowel stick, (now this is OK for 5/8 1/2 and 3/8 but below that its very tricky so I used a dremmel. (Psst its really and Ozito Knock off) My first results with paper were encouraging but very slow going so I fitted up the dremell with some stones and tried that. A much bet...
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Hand Tool Cabinet - Start To Finish #6: Researching cabinet construction, design, functionality, fundamentals
I am now “somewhat” confident in my dovetail methods to proceed to the next step (I think I may master dovetails by the time I’m 90, so … best to work on other things while I’m learning). I spent the last week redesigning my 2 car garage wood shop since I have a newly acquired 15” Jet Planer and 8” GeeTech jointer (HVAC redesign, machine placement, bye-bye fliptop carts, etc). Though, I still have a Rockwell/Delta 6” to use while I await 2-3...
Ok, picked two of these long planes for a five spot at a local auction And got them to the Rehab Center when I got home. First thing was to tear them down to a pile of parts. Screws and bolts were wire brushed on the drill press. Brass was shined up as well. Irons were cleaned up, and sharpened, chipbreakers were cleaned up and tuned to match the irons. Which left the wood bodieds to deal with. Set each up in the leg vise on the bench. A No.14 Jack plane to not only clea...
Well, last time, I had the four sides about together. Clamped them up into a box like shape As I needed some more layout work done. Had a 2’ x2’ sheet of 1/4” Oak plywood to try to cut into a bottom And, in theory, I could just measure the two directions and mark things out…..in theory yes, in this shop….Nope. Measured three times, laid out the lines, cut leaving the lines….1” off on the front to back measure? Ok, We’ll deal with th...
I came across an article written by furniture maker Jane Swanson when reading about inlaying silver wire as a decorative feature in a wood project. Following her method requires using an end-mill router bit to excavate a channel having a width that is equal, or nearly equal, to the diameter of the wire to be inlaid. This requires some conversions between the way end-mill bits are specified (by the diameter of the cutting portion of the bit) and the way wires sizes are specified (by their ga...
Well the large parts came out of the vinegar OK. The main casting cleaned of rather easily and ( Arlin, you might be interested) the paint was untouched. The paintwork is of course chipped and worn. It need removing and a new finish applied. To this end I used some of this It’s a paint stripper. Nasty stuff. If you use it wear eye protection, gloves etc. If it can soften up the sort of paint used on this vise just imagine what it can do to skin. You dab...
As you all know, working in the shop is a relaxing and rewarding way to spend some free time; either repairing or creating. While working it’s nice to have either news or music playing. The shop already has four speakers and an amplifier (read about the Lepai amp) in place. The music source has been either an old car stereo or more recently a MP3 player, each have pros and cons. Ideally the right solution would be touchscreen (no room for a mouse and keyboard), have internet access a...
The non-profit I started is getting ready to build our 2nd project. The concept behind Artisan Care is to create a chance for woodworkers of all levels to come together to learn and make something greater together than they could on their own, then give it away. Our first project went really well and now we are moving toward build number 2! This table will be delivered to a elderly couple raising their granddaughters in Fairview, TN. Their house was recently fully renovated and is n...
The carpentry work is finished and only the painting remains. I enjoyed this project and I hope it will be a convenience for us in the years to come. The space it occupies on our terrace is never used, so it was a good place to put it. The only downside is that though the shed initially fit nicely between our roof drain pipe and a window frame on the opposite side, I did not allow for the moldings which increased the width. That means we can’t have the shed tight against the wall as I h...
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