I really like working with geometry and I love the challenge of making something that is symmetrical within a strong geometrically form. It sounds difficult but really it just means you start with a solid very rigid shape. Divided it into quarters or half’s, whatever. I know most of the people here on Lumberjocks may not be from Canada like me. I work in millimetres. So doing this I can get very exact. I hope you can still see some of the pencil marks. I just follow a template and I car...
Let there be layout marks! Here come the pins. I am a Klausian dovetailer. Yup, those were merely eyeballed. Out comes the Lie-Nielsen chisels from my fabulous wife (given to me when she was a Fiance). First we chop lightly just shy of the line. And relieve the light cut. This means when you use your strike line later, the shape of the chisel won’t push you back into the workpiece. Path of least resistance now works in your favor. And the other side ...
The weather was beautiful this morning and we were expecting a lot of rain this afternoon. What better day to prep out some rough lumber? We spent about 3 and a half hours today choosing some rough cut pine from my stock and planing it out. Immanuel struggled with the jointer at first, but he was getting the hang of it by the end. He made me laugh when I brought out the planer because he told me that he thought we would be hand planing all of the lumber. Just for a few laughs I brought ou...
Getting back to the basics. Working with hand tools #3: The latest score. Restoring a 1917-1918 Disston backsaw
I have been using a Japanese pullsaw for a while and have decided to come back to the western style saw. I picked up this saw online for $30 from an antique dealer. It’s a Disston backsaw from 1917-1918 and is in great shape (no pitting, and straight blade) and is all original except for one of the sawnuts. The teeth were bad and all over the place so I ground them off and am getting ready to try my hand at cutting new ones as soon as the files and saw set arive. Not being able to le...
I have been away from my shop quite a bit lately. and when i finally did stagger home, I wasted a few days with an inner ear infection/hangover.lol.so now, i’m short on time to get this project out of my shop, as i have a fishing trip coming up(15 hour flight to go teach my 9 year old the finer points of catching Atlantic salmon for 3 weeks). My original intention had been to carve a wheat sheaf into a plain panel for the door. when i did, I didn’t like anything about it, and w...
I guess this really is a continuation of the Church Conference Table blog and project. Side bar: Here is a great link to the story of the tree to the table created by the church’s webmaster. Look for the photo of the tree trunk with the chain saw. I am told that the chain saw has a 48” cut!!! Click here to see the slide show. After finishing the church’s conference table in mid-December and getting Christmas and New Years behind, I worked with my clients on the design ...
My second attempt at electrolysis is on my Grandfather’s block plane. I think it came out pretty good. Last year I had taken some sandpaper to the bottom and one side to try and clean it up and never got back to it so it wasn’t in as bad a shape as the Lakeside No 4 I’m working on now. Before: After: I lapped the side a few times on some 120 grit I think next I will lap the bottom and sides on 120 grit up to 220.
I recently read about a technique called “blind nailing” and thought I’d invest in the process and tool except I can’t find the tool. I checked in with Coastal and Tools Plus but they don’t carry it. Any suggestions? Thanks Al
Working on an outfeed table for the TS3650. Nothing too fancy. I have a small workshop so I wanted a small outfeed table simply for the safety value. Oops, guess I can post them in my workshop photos.
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