It is hard to believe that we are already nearly halfway through with the month of October. I don't know if it is because I have been so busy, or because it is my favorite month of the year, but the days just seem to pass by even more quickly than usual and before we know it, winter will be here. I never really mind winter. I don't mind any of the seasons really. If I had a favorite it would be autumn though, with its crisp mornings, cool days and sometimes cold evenings. The col...
Ok, the current bit box is way too small, someone has been buying way too many bits….Soo, I need a new box to hold over 30 (!) auger bits, and related bits. Have a 1×6 chunk of Pine. Why not Oak? Well, the Tannic acid in oak will react to steel/iron objects. Even if I would add a finish to the parts, wear will expose enough bare Oak to start the reaction. Pine is a nice, safe storage wood. At least for iron objects. Laid out a few lines to cut the 1×6 down to ...
The other day while tuning up my Wood River smoothing bench plane I noticed that its tote (handle) was cracked. I called Woodcraft’s customer service number to see if they had a template or technical drawing in case I was forced to make a replacement. They did not have a template or a drawing. And, they did not have replacement totes for sale. I also could not find any replacement totes on the Woodcraft online store. To my surprise they mailed me a new one for no charge. Thank...
Today I began making my own strop. A few weeks back I had purchased from Woodcraft a nice sheet of prepared leather for making into a strop. The instructions stated that the smooth side was for use with a strop paste compound whereas the rougher side was for use with the crayon type micro-fine honing compound. I sliced the leather piece into two halves. I took a scrap piece of cherry hardwood and cut it to a size that was just smaller than the two leather halves. I hand planed the su...
Last Thursday I walked into my local Woodcraft store to shop for some Shapton glass stone set. I had some questions. I was told a sharpening glass was going to be taught that night in the store. So I enrolled for a $45 fee. The class was being taught by the store’s owner Ryan Balls. The class lasted for just over two hours. Ryan gave some great demonstrations using several different sharpening tools and methods. The tips he were great. I took notes. I should have gotten them out be...
This build was a result of a challenge from another you-tuber named Opa Koster. I really liked the results and wanted to share the pictures and video here on lumberjocks. The bench was bought from a local antique store and was painted with some ugly green paint over the wood and cast iron. I had quite a task to remove that paint and primer from the cast iron. I liked the back cast iron piece but I envisioned a different project for it. So it has been saved it for a later project ...
Blogging when I should be working on the myriad of projects I have going on, but I made the mistake of putting poly on some things when I really need to empty my dust collection barrel. So here I sit waiting for poly to dry. So when I last left off, I had a really heavy and ugly bar build going. It was in bad need of a top, bar rail and some vertical plywood. I got my bar rail from Denoon Lumber at about $8/foot. I needed about 20 feet of it, so it was pretty pricey. If I had had the table...
There are as many different approaches to drawers as there are woodworkers. The way I see it, a drawer is a box that slides into an opening. The use and type of drawer decide what is needed. In this case, the drawers don’t need to be fancy or complicated. The center drawer is 2” x 12- ½” x 24”, the side drawers 11– ½” wide. The drawer box is ¾” maple to give it a nice clean appearance. A cherry front will match the rest of the desk, and the drawer bottom is ¼” walnut plywood to add a vi...
With just a few finishing touches to complete for router table and finishing Band Saw Fence, I can get back to Air Quality Projects in the shop. Came up with idea to convert the left and right side cabinet spaces on out-feed table into ground level air filtration systems. Originally I was considering having intake vents on a ground level ducting to HF DC. However, that seemed more complicated that the benefit of having a single collection source. Still focus on having a downward flo...
I’d appreciate any suggestions on the Brand/model/year of this little hand plane. I got it from a relative who inherited it. I’ve taken it apart and don’t see any markings yet. Haven’t done any scrubbing yet so I haven’t gotten down to the metal. I think it’s about 5” long but don’t have it in front of me to measure. The little finger button in the front is distinctive, but I haven’t been able to identify it. Thanks for any help… ...
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