Why a sharpening stationI don’t know about you, but no matter how much I love sharp tools I hate sharpening. I’m not sure if its the time it takes, the set up and back up, or the fine black metal dust that seems to stick to my hand for days, but I just can’t seem to get excited about. My plan to help to overcome this is a dedicated sharpening station. One set up, ready to go, so I can walk over, sharpen and go back to work.(Sharpening station by Tom Fidgen featured in Fine...
I’ve looked at books for new woodworkers that laid out several different projects to build various skill sets. I like the concept, but enjoy being creative when it comes to thinking about projects to build. My first project was a woodworking bench from FWW last summer. I put the hobby on hold as far as building goes, but read and watched as much as I could and even took a class at my local Woodcraft store. So I’ve had a great deal of time to think about what kind of projects I...
It seemed like never ending planning. A few books, a few magazine articles, some time in Solidworks playing with designs until I found a design I liked. It is closely based on the LVL workbench from Popular wood working. http://www.popularwoodworking.com/article/video_tour_LVL_workbench A friend of mine had some scrap LVL from a construction project he was doing at his home so that was another deciding factor. Unfortunately when I went to get that scrap LVL it was all cut into short 36 i...
Hello All, I continued work on my 3 in 1 jig. I am working on the rip cutting for a circular saw portion. I was able to use the drilling jig thingies and they were a delight. http://bit.ly/bwQhMf I haven’t mentioned it before, but I have started a second blog, which has more to do with social media. The posts are designed for beginners and tonight I wrote a funny piece on StumbleUpon. So if you like my more fanciful blog pieces, you may enjoy this one as well. http://bit...
Today I visited with JockMike2. As always it was a blast. He told me that he had a piece of elm for me to turn. So we began the process to turn a goblet. I learned a few things in turning my 1st goblet. The main thing to do is make sure you have a perfectly round piece before shaping. 2. A forstner bit is sharp as well as hot after drilling. (Duh). All in all it was another fun day at Mike’s school of woodturning. Looking forward to his inspection of my shop next week. Will post pics wh...
I made a 5 string bass guitar for a friend a few years ago and it turned out with a fantastic sound.So I decided to make a 6 string guitar for myself.The body of the guitar is of solid silver ash.The neck which runs full length through the body.I sliced the timber for the neck to about 1/2” thick and 1 1/2” wideusing silver ash and northern scented rosewood then glued them togetheron edge,meaning widest piece to widest piece alternating the timbers.The reason for this is there wil...
INTRODUCTION.. NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT As they used to say on MONTY PYTHON’S FLYING CIRCUSWhile browsing on the Net recently I came across the following Photo (in DEVIANTART.COM an excellent source of design ideas) of a painting containing a metal Celtic brooch. I was attracted by its simple lines. I had previously been toying with the possibilities of using soldering wire as an inlay medium purely as a type of stringing. But seeing this brooch started me thinking that...
I havent done much to this plane yet except flatten the sole, flatten the frog face, and sharpen the blade. I did also lap the sides a bit and put wax on it. before after
This video is an accompaniment to my column in the April 2009 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. The article serves as a general review of common woodworking glues and when to use them. The video, however, focuses specifically on urea resin glues. These glues definitely have their advantages: low water content, gap-filling, long open time, and rigid glue lines just to name a few. But keep in mind the one big disadvantage: safety. These glues are pretty nasty and you might be best serve...
I’m currently on holiday in Ireland and thought you folks might appreciate this shot, apologies for the somewhat shoddy photo’s, of a circa 1570 Chest, Yep, thats right, 1570 !! I must admit that this trip has been really different as I’ve found a whole new perspective on things like that chest and a couple of cooperage exhibitions at Jamison’s and Guinness. Amazing workmanship given it was built 450 odd years ago. tony
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