I get a lot of questions about how I sharpen my chisels and how sharp is sharp. That is an impossible question to answer but all i can do is show you what i do and what I like! https://youtu.be/kWMs2LBT-5Y
Part 5 Material is removed to put draft on the rib side faces.
Let’s see, what did I get done today? The corbells… I had to draw the shape of the corbell. All of that was straight forward. With a photocopy of my scaled drawing, I glued it to 1/4 MDF. With my spokeshave I smoothed the curved surfaces. I had already cut four poplar blocks to the same dimensions. Since they were all the same size I used double-sided tape to hold the four parts together. Then I cut the corbell shape out on my bandsaw. Some more spokeshave sork and then t...
Video is here: https://youtu.be/QnD6qkNlodc My day job is as a stringed instrument repair “tech” (I don’t really like that word, I just refer to it as fine woodworking) and I like to continue my work at home. This guitar is something that my wife bought for me as a christmas gift last year for a little bit. I was thrilled since it had had no previous “pro” repair jobs done to it which means that my job is still going to be challenging but it will be MUCH ea...
View on YouTube Few time I decided it was time to improve my sharpening gadgets, so after some research I found this design of a sink a bridge. its basically two board, one on top of each other merged with a screw that also serves as lock to put the stones. In the end I gave it a nice coat of epoxy to make it waterproof. Now I have a tool that makes my life easier and that its gonna last. Hope you like this video. And if you want you can also find more projects and builds in my channel h...
SAFETY and a few words about hand tools When I first thought about teaching woodworking to kids I wondered, “would it be safe?”. At the time I couldn’t find any written information other than wear safety glasses and “be safe”. After I had been teaching for a while I found the first question parents always asked was, “is woodworking safe for my child?”. The article below is the chapter on safety from my book Woodshop for Kids with a few minor changes. This was written with the...
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...
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