Beech trees grow abundantly throughout the temperate zones of Europe, Asia and North America. The wood is of very even denseness throughout the grain because of its relatively small pores evenly distributed through both the early and late growth of each growth cycle (annual ring). My first mallet was made from beech and most mallets for three hundred years would have come from the beech tree. Though that is the case, and beech is a hard wood, I find beech just a little too soft for making...
Most people only talk about grain at the most superficial level of how it looks. We woodworkers enter the fibres. We tease the cells apart with the chisel’s edge and search for weaknesses and strengths in the species. We want to know these intimate details so we can exemplify the strengths and protect the weak from harm. I thought that it might help to give my personal insights into the different woods that I have worked with for almost five decades. Most of them are common enough, ...
Lots of vegetable gardening done in the past couple of months, and it could not wait, so the harp building project had to wait a while. Finally last week I got back into it after 6 weeks of seldom working on it. Now it is almost done- but let me go back to where I left off in March.I had these beautiful abalone mother-of-pearl wings provided to me by a fine Lumberjock. She also did a great blog about how to do inlays, and that was very helpful to me. I didn’t follow instructions exactly...
Alright turners. I’m pretty new to the club and am starting to gather info for my chess set that I want to make. I know I’m going to need a chuck to hold the pieces, but with the vast difference in prices and accessories that come with some, I’m at a loss. If any of you out there have suggestions, I would love to hear them while I gather information on my own. Price is important, but I need quality (i know, kinda needy). Right now, my front runner is the Nova Midi.I am also ...
Have you ever gotten the feeling that if only you’d known more at the start of something, you’d have saved yourself a whole lot of time, effort, and money? Maybe it’s just the learning process, but there are a few things I wish I’d known ahead of time before I began buying hand tools for woodworking. In my attempt to document my own progress with the craft, hopefully I’ll provide a little insight into how I managed to assemble a working set of tools. Admittedl...
I used to hate students like me who know when the course starts but still show up late, mea culpa. I was 15 minutes late again today as I had to go into Winnipeg for my uncle’s funeral today. Usually we can drive in and out in good time but today the roads were terrible, with semis, pickups and cars littering the ditches along the Trans Canada… anyway we got there and back safely although at one point I thought I was going to have to attend a smash up on a bridge, but fortunatel...
Hello, My Lie-Nielsen 3/4” chisel and the fishtail, named Manfred and Donna respectively, did a great job today. We had lots of fun, despite me making one slight stratigic blunder. http://su.pr/3Y9evq Thanks, Brian
Hello Everbody, I’m brand new to wood working and new to lumberjocks and so far everybody on here has been wonderful and welcoming and I just have a quick question. I’m planning on buying my first set of chisels and I’m thinking about an Irwin 4-piece chisel set. I’ve read many reviews about Irwin Marples Blue Chip chisels but non about this set of Irwin Marple chisels. Are these good chisels? Heres a link: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xkk/R-10008965...
A couple of nice chisels.A rusty but elegant looking hacksaw.A 16” Delta-Rockwell scroll saw.
Good Morning, my name is David Craig and I am a former sharpaphobiac transformed into a sharpaholic… The art of sharpening has been very intimidating to me and it has really caused a bit of a road block to my work. No matter how many power tools you have in your collection, woodworking will ultimately lead you to a point where a chisel is in your hand and it needs to be sharp. I fiddled around with the grinder some, have purchased sharpening stones at the store, but I was really out ...
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