Up until just recently, I viewed hand tools as inefficient and difficult. It was black magic to me, and I knew no-one who did carpentry with anything but power tools. With much research, I have started to collect the information and possibly the tools necessary to work my way into carpentry sans power! So far I’ve got a small Stanley block plane (pictured), a Bailey no 5, a small dovetail saw with no credentials, and a buck brothers 1/2” chisel. I’ve sharpened the dovetai...
Ok, front and back leg assemblies are out of the clamps. Need to fit a brace between the front and back apron. Since this is a Hand Tool exercise, I guess i will do it that way First a piece of scrap needed to be cut to length. Nice Sycamore Handled Crosscut saw. Next, lay out for a Dovetail. One on each end. I used an old router bit to mark out the dovetail shape. Then a little saw work Then cut out the waste with a chisel. I chop down at an angle to match the shape...
“The English Plane” -by Brian Meeks In a tiny shop north of London townAt a maple bench stood young man proud.Off cobble stone road sat a flower girlA comb in her hair from mother of pearl He’d returned from the war a scar on his faceHe’d flown a camel; they’d called him an Ace.At the museum she’d once spent a dayThe artist she saw was named Claude Monet On way to his shop, each day he passed byHe oft thought of how, he might catch her eyeShe noticed his walk and his hat pulle...
The box is almost ready for glue up. My daughter wanted to make something and i had some small cedar blocks lying around. We got the it all ready to glue up, but i needed to chisel out where the hinges go, hence the seven stitches. Well i learned something today, chisel’s are sharp and will cut you lol. i guess i knew that but needed some negative reinforcement.so anyway the kids now know how to sew skin and daddy’s tetnous( yeah i can’t spell that one) shot is now current. ...
well i had some really good shop time today and got alot done. a lot of pictures so i will try to keep text to a minimum. as always first i started off cutting the board to manageable pieces. then milled them 1/8” heavy and let them do their moving and took them down to final size when i needed them. then i needed to glue up the panel for the top and here i am doing a dry glue up to get everything ready. after the glue up was done and the glue dried i took the panel out. flus...
After some excellent advice in my last blog post, I decided rather that trying to work on my dovetail skills, I would take a step back and work on the component skills. I wanted to make my version of woodpezzer's porcupine. I had the wood (some figured maple in smaller pieces). Why not try that! I started by gluing up three one inch pieces and drawing on my little porky. He is about 14” long and 6” tall. Next came my rough shaping. Big chunks, little chunks, some ...
Now that the wagon vise is sorted out and functioning quite well I might add (am having too much fun with it right now tbh).. Last night after work (1am.. pretty sure my neighbors hate me right now) I decided to go ahead and make the 1” dog for the vise. Fairly straight forward. Sanded the 1” dowel slightly to give it a smooth fit (using the vise to do it no less :D ) Then cut to length, cut an angled notch at the top and then used my 1/4” chisel to cut a grove d...
Yo whats up everybody finally its done the winner of the 2009 spring saw dust chronicles builders contest…........ well not yet but here it is the desk organizer that I have spent a lot of time on and its done the final video will be out in a few days. SEE PROJECTS SECTION FOR MORE PICTURES
http://youtu.be/_2D_1Au1sn0 This is one way to square a tool in the VSCT’s sharpening jig.
I began working on this in high school, but had to rush to finish in spring of senior year. I started with a Nakashima design for ideas then ran with my own vision (with a little guidance from my teacher). The entire piece was crafted by hand (with a little cheating here and there). As soon as I can gain access to a wood shop, I will do some touch-up work and finish polishing it. I have come a long way, but it is far from complete. Here is what I have so far… created in just over 2 semester...
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