Next I worked on the plane iron, chip breaker and cap. The cap was pretty easy- I just ground it flat on the 60 grit paper and dressed it up to 220. Nothing special, just got the surface rust and dirt off and got it to an even surface. The chip breaker was a little confusing for me. There’s not a lot of information on how to properly dress a chip breaker…I find that it’s usually an after-thought in comparison to sharpening the plane iron. However, from what I understa...
Up until now, our friends “Down Under” have been having all the fun. Not any more. The Torque Work Centre is finally available in Lubbock, Texas. That may not excite you, but it certainly does me since I now have one of those fantastic tools. It is the first in the US, but I promise it won’t be the last. As degoose has already shared, we are a dealer for the machine. For information, send me a PM, and I’ll get back to you. I had the privilege of attending the taping...
The first thing that I did is setup a griding/honing station. I say grinding because when you are taking on a plane sole that is essentially what you are doing. I don’t have an 18” long belt sander, so this is the only way I could think of doing it. I found an ad in my local Craigslist listing for a guy who was selling his over-stocked granite tiles. They are 24” long, 12” wide and 3/8” thick. Most sharpening enthusiasts would say that this is too thin...
I would like to start selling my wood turnings. I need help on going rates or values. This is a vase I finished this week and need help on what people think it may be worth. Its made from spalted maple and ebony and took about 10 hours. It is 10 inches tall and 4 inches wide. I would like really honest critics’. Thank you. TSW
I should preface everything I am about to write by saying I am very new to woodworking and so I cannot be looked upon as anything but a beginner; I am no expert so don’t think this is a blog from a pro! A few months ago I embarked on a journey to build a workbench based on a design inspired by Christopher Schwarz’s book “Workbenches.” Specifially I am attempting to build his French-style Roubo bench. Long-story short, I found it difficult to joint and plane the ve...
Had a client the other day ask me to build 2 footstools out of oak. I told her the price would be $15.00 for one. She hemmed and hawed then said it was too high. I should have said “then I can’t do it” Instead I said how does 10 dollars a piece for 2 sound. She then said that was a deal. Moral of the story is price the wood before I give a price. I paid 35 dollars for a 96 1/2 inch long piece that was 10 3/4 wide. Lesson learned. Even Jockmike2 told me I was way underp...
Just a brief note on my experiences thus far. When I started this project, all I had was a table & circular saw, a sander and a crappy mastercraft smoothing plane along with some assorted other hand tools. In my pre-teen days, I would watch my dad make things in his shop and I remember him going through a lot of trial and error, reading books and more trial and error. He did make some really nice pieces though that lasted many years. My experience prior to this project was mainly in co...
I haven’t had a lot of shop time in the last week or three, but I have been able to make some progress. I’ve got all the items that were all over the place stored at least temporarily. I’m going to take a break from moving things around until I’ve made a few projects and get a better feel for how my flow in the shop will be. Here’s how the shop looks as of yesterday: “main” bench area where I’m keeping most of my tools Moving to the...
I bought the 24 inch D4R dovetail jig recently with the encouragement of my local woodcraft owner. This jig has done everything that he said it would and with more precision than I had expected. I am also surprised at how easy it is to get perfect dovetails every time. I created a video on how easy it is to setup from my experience. I am a hobby woodworker who is trying to make my shop time more efficient. That’s why I broke down and bought the best that I could find. I want this ma...
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