Hey guys, In this video I compare several popular western bench chisel brands for: ease of sharpening, ergonomics, fit to tasks, and general fit and finish. I compared everything I could get my hands on from ALDI, Harbor Freight, Narex, Irwin Marples, Stanley Sweetheart, and even Lie Nielsen and Veritas. These are all obviously opinions and my methods were anything but scientific, but I hope this gives you a little bit more info before you pick out your next set of chisels. View on You...
I see a few posts regarding the machining of HDPE aka HMDP and even PEHD. Just to reassure the LJs that were concerned about melting, exploding, and generally screwing up machines, here is some HDPE I scavenged and planed to remove the wear grooves so I could use it again. This is what it looked like upon recovery from the scrap bin. End View The surface to be worked The first Pass results Then the final results Again the end view Now the worked surface ...
Here are the completed rib and finger assemblies ready, for the next step.. You can see the sides of the ribs have draft and the edges have been radius-ed.Regrettably, i didn’t get any photographs of the method used to apply the draft. I am going to try illustrating it in the next entry because it is a critical operation. I also need to make an Editor’s note here: I made a mistake in describing the parting line of the ribs. Hopefully, the images will clarify the co...
After reading about other LJs Craftsman 113 saw rebuild I decided that it was time to clean mine up. I rescued it about 25 years ago from an individual who was using it to cut log slabs for firewood. It had been in his barn for several years. I cleaned it up then and used it in my wood shop with it working just fine. It came with me when we moved about 12 years ago. Job responsibilities got in the way of my woodworking and it sat in my garage/shop collecting dust. It did make a great shelf. U...
View on YouTube This was my first woodworking project and my first channel video. I decided to make a shovel with some leftovers of wood I had laying around my garage, its useful at the end of the day when the floor gets covered on flakes and dust.
It’s been at least 2 weeks since I worked on this project. These are the rings that will make up the lid.
A Day in my Summer Shop Class Below are three pictures of the shop I used for 20 years. The first is on the left of the shop as you are looking into the garage/shop, then center, and right. I liked having the space open to the outdoors. You may notice the steam engine on the table in the first picture. When I started teaching I was doing a science class and a woodworking class. The kids from the science class saw the woodwoking and said, “we want to do that.” And the woodworking...
I like to make such collages at least once a year to see if there is any progress I’ve made in my carving or not. And what about you? Do you have a habit to track the progress in what you do?
Woodworking with Kids, my first class The excitement and interest of my own kids about using tools, about building, and about woodworking taught me how competent kids could be and inspired me to volunteer to do woodworking at my sons’ school. My plan was for the children to arrive with an idea of something to build and I would help them build it. From woodworking with my own kids I knew enough to collect a workbench, kid-...
the question is why? Not why do we have designers, I understand this. But, why do they do the things they do, and why cant they make up their mind? This week I was called to the finish room to reassemble some cabinetry for delivery. I didn’t recognize one of the pieces. It was painted white. Then I realized I had built it from black walnut. All of my work matching and laying up the veneer was covered with a heavy layer of paint. If he had made up his mind before I built it, he would ...
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