Call this a pick or a bodkin. It is chiefly used to nudge out the maple ‘wedges’ that hold the horse hair in at either end of a bow. I made mine from half of one of those nut picks that come with nut cracker sets. After cutting the nut pick in two, I chucked it in my electric drill (corded) and sharpened it on my belt grinder till it gained a nice long point. Then I mounted it in a scrap piece of white oak with a copper ferrule. The handle was finished with boiled linseed oi...
What’s a hair gauge you ask? When a luthier re-hairs a violin bow, or a bow of any of the other bowed instruments, they don’t just cram a bunch of horse hair into the little anchor holes. There is a certain yet indefinite amount of hair required for each type of bow. Greatly experienced professionals can pretty much gauge it by their hands, but some like to do it scientifically. Hair gauges are available for purchase and there are several types. There’s even...
I’m starting to gather together and make a few tools that will be dedicated to lutherie, that is, the building and repair of stringed instruments which are usually made of wood. Having a dedicated lutherie kit will just make my life easier than walking back and forth in the shop grabbing the needed tool. Many of these will likely end up in a stand, box, or drawer for easy access while doing repairs. From the sound of things, learning to re-hair violin bows and the like is a good...
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View on YouTube Hi folks! So this past weekend I turned a bunch of free industrial pallets into a new workbench! I still have to add a vice and some shelving down below, but the main bench is finished!
A self centering dowel jig can produce accurate and repeatable joints. Here are a few tips and tricks for getting the most from your jig. https://youtu.be/LjNA2KvqlZE
[Legebla ankaŭ en Esperanto] [Above] After the movable stop is on the bar, insert a piece of 1/4 in. dowel into the hole at the end of the bar. This keeps the head from sliding off. The dowel can be glued in, but if it is snug, you may want to leave it be. If left removable, the possibility is open to join two clamps together to make a longer one. [Above] Take the 1 in. x1 in. x 4 in. piece of wood and drill a 3/8 in. hole down the center about 3 in. deep. Using epoxy...
Hi guys! So, I built this corner radius revolving template jig from plexiglass and plywood (picture included). It is used with a flush-trim bit on a router table to make identical corner curves. Here is a 3 min instructional clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPs93ikqanY Best, Please be safe and Happy Woodworking! Michael Makarevich
Hello colleagues, So, I used my pusher for some time and it worked fine in 95% of the cases and then I decided to match all of the features of the Grr-ripper Deluxe that sells for about $120…:) In this video I’m adding: a 1/8” leg from plexiglass, stabilizing plate/balance support, routing spacer and a “heel” for resawing and veneer cuts to match all Grr-ripper Deluxe model’s capabilities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7Ow9GhgB_o
Hey y’all, it’s been awhile since posting anything here due to moving states and having the shop packed up for about 6 months. The shop is still mostly packed, but I’m finally starting to get WSM headquarters back up and running! So no, this is not a post that some would consider to have much to do with woodworking, but since I’m mainly a turner, my chainsaw is very much part of my process. Hopefully there’s something here that some of y’all will fin...
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