Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'chisel'

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First hand cut dovetails. Ugh...I'm glad that's over with.

04-12-2012 02:59 AM by BTimmons | 12 comments »

This may very well end up as my new yardstick for time and effort invested versus quality of results. And it’s not a terribly good yardstick, either. As the title states, it’s my first attempt at hand cut dovetails. I did it with scrap pieces of red oak, over the course of two embarrassing hours. The gaps are pretty pronounced, despite having to hammer the hell out of both pieces to fit them together. Things I learned during this quintessential rite of passage for wo...

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01-30-2011 12:39 AM by Dilo Marcio Fernandino | 6 comments »

Dear Fellows, In 1965 I was a teenager beginning my lonely track to woodcarving. My first set of tools was composed by three Sorsakoski bevel-edged firmer chisels made in Finland, which became my carving tools for many years. I was fortunate enough to have bought those Sorsakoski by chance, once because of its superb quality steel (some people say they are made from the same Swedish steel of the famous Berg chisels), also due to their elegant and bal...

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Patio / Deck Bench #1: Medicine cabinet on hold - Bench slips ahead

05-27-2010 05:38 AM by Blinky | 3 comments »

I set aside the me I decided to use some scraps of Ipé from the deck that was built a couple years ago to finally build that bench, to sit on top of said deck. Here is a sketchup snapshot of part of the design; And a few of work in progress. I cut the butt-swoop in the top of the ‘ribs’ on the bandsaw. I cut the dadoes in the rail to fit the seat supports w/a router, then drilled holes for walnut dowels.I tried use the best SS screws I had, but the 1st one snapped, and ...

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"Carving Acanthus Leaves into, Lathed Fluted Columns"

04-01-2010 03:44 PM by Dennis Zongker | 37 comments »

There are 8 fluted columns to this bedroom set. The columns were turned on our “Legacy” Ornamental Milling Machine, by one of our shop craftsman, Dennis Nygard. I’m carving the 64 acanthus leaf’s by hand with “Pfeil” carving knifes and a small brass mallet. It’s easer to cut the solid cherry by lightly taping with a small mallet. Each leaf takes about 3 hours per leaf. Plus set up time and drawing time, which takes about 2 hours. So, each spindl...

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Hand Tools Cabinet #2: Chisels on the Left, Markings on the right

02-07-2009 06:05 AM by PurpLev | 14 comments »

Let me start by saying that the first part of this blog although posted earlier today, was actually made about a year ago, I just posted it today as a preceding part to the one you’re reading now… tried not to double post and ‘push’ other’s from the blog front page, so I waited half a day between 2 posts, although both were made ready at the same time. to continue the story were I left off, what I found most difficult with setting up the box was the box joints...

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Intarsia Basics #6: We are Almost There!!

06-25-2012 01:00 AM by KoryK | 14 comments »

Welcome back and again sorry for taking so long to get this post out. After my hand healed I was really backed up on some other projects. I’m almost caught up and will post some of those projects on my page in the next couple of days. When we left off we had all the sanding done and are ready for staining and finishing. I’m making two of these frogs, one that will need staining and one out of exotic wood so everyone can participate in this project. We will go over staining next. I’m...

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Tool Mod #3: New Chisel Handles

12-02-2010 11:18 PM by swirt | 12 comments »

So after a bit of practice and getting use to my Bungee Lathe, I finally completed my goal to get get some good handles on my old socket chisels. I patterned the handle off of the handle that is on my Witherby firmer chisel (third from the top)I made them just a wee bit longer (I don’t like it when my pinky hangs off the end of the handle) and put some octagonal flats around the main section of the body. Why Octagonal flats? A picture is worth a thousand words: I used cherry, ma...

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Katanakake (Japanese sword stand) #2: More bandsaw shaping, some drilling, and lots of sanding

08-04-2012 10:56 PM by BTimmons | 0 comments »

In case you missed it, here is Part 1 in this series. First thing I did was employ my new-to-me drill press to establish an inner curve for the vaulted feet. Placing the center brad of a Forstner bit ensures that an even radius is cut into both sides, which were held together with blue tape. Not an ideal clamping solution, but it’s adequate for this. Always use a backer board to avoid blowout! I had a bit of tearout around the mortise here, but the rack will obscure the flaw af...

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Building a Moving Fillister Plane #1: Precursor and laminating the body

06-12-2014 10:46 PM by Wally331 | 4 comments »

Intro- I’ve been using a lot of wooden planes recently and have really come to enjoy their lightness and the feel of wood sliding on wood. Obviously there are a ton of vintage woodies out there; however, I quite enjoy making my own versions of them. They are a lot cheaper (if you have some time on your hands) and you don’t have to deal with old warped wood and a host of other problems you may encounter. I can’t say I am an expert by any means, I’m simply sharing my...

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Klein Solid Body Electric Travel Guitar #7: Hogging Out the Cavities

09-30-2015 09:31 AM by Dave G | 0 comments »

Hi all, I measured at least 10 times before making the cavity cuts. These need to be done before shaping so there is support for the tools – drill press and router. Before beginning the routs I had a little cleanup to do on the butt end of the through neck. The photo shows I back cut the tuner mount (this travel guitar is headless and has the tuner behind the bridge) to 20 degrees. This is so the tuners swing nominally level after tensioning the strings. If I didn’t ...

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