Ive had this saw all cleaned up for quite some time but had little motivation to sharpen it until recently. I wasn’t super happy with the way that my MDF saw vice was working. There was a lot of vibration coming from the pine jaws and it sat up a bit too high to be comfortable sitting down and filing so I made me another one out of soft curly maple. Sometimes a new tool can be a good motivator. This saw is a 26” Disston 7 crosscut at 10 ppi. It dates from 1874-1875. Its sha...
I revised my workshop and added additional pictures
I had the fortune of meeting Mike (aka jockmike2) and his wife Kris this last Friday. Mike and I had corresponded back and forth (with a little mis-communication thrown in for good measure ;) and we finally were able to meet up at his house. Mike truly is a wonderful guy and I was touched by the hospitality that he and his wife provided. When I found out that Kris had, at one time, participated in the baking of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies, I barely was able to suppress the urge to cut out my...
I hope to start soon on my first LJ posted project. It’s not 100% woodworking, but it will do. :) I am going to be detailing the steps I take as I restore an ill used, but classic Stevens 311 (12ga). Now this may not seem like much to you smiths out there but as a completelly self taught gunsmith, with only mainly touch ups under his belt; this will be my first full restoration. In addition to restoring the action I will also be rebluing the entire gun as well as building and checke...
Hello LJs, As some of you know, on occassion, I tend to drift off topic and do a bit of creative writing. Today was such a day. There is a bit of back story here. My favorite blog in the entire world is entitled ‘Slummy Single Mummy’, and it one of a billion mommy blogs on the internet. I am single, male, 43, no children. I am not her demographic. Every once in a while I stumble across a gem of a writer, and Jo is such a find. She has a writing style that is incredibly...
I fell in love with wood when my husband and I bought our first home. I gained a healthy respect for it after installing my own hardwood floors. The event not only changed my work ethic…lol…but my understanding of just how wonderful wood is. It’s a delicate balance in nature. When I think of wood…I think of how it breathes, lives, and thrives…hence my fascination with it. The thing that I learned early on in my new fascination with wood…was its moisture conten...
Sorry for the dim pic, got a late start to the next project today and just ran out of light. Thats the downside of an open air shop, but I just didn,t realise how dark it was until I couldn,t see my gauge lines! I really just got into a groove with the plane and simply didn,t want to stop. Can,t remember ever feeling that way when I was useing a jointer. Maybe I should of called this post “Pumping iron”. Tommorow, Mortise and tenons cut by hand. Lovin it!!
This weekend marked the opening of my woodworking club’s season. Our first guest speaker was Graham Blackburn speaking on the topics of design and hand tools in the modern shop. I’ve started a series of posts on the lecture as well as a subsequent workshop. Take a look at the first entry. Thanks for reading!
Well, I’m relieved this project is finished… but I’m ready to start another. I learned a lot while building this – namely I need to go back to basics and some easier / simpler projects. Especially with time constraints like homework. :) Please ignore the dog hair – I was in the process of cleaning and rememebrered I needed a pic! Now I’m off to plan my next woodworking adventure!
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