My old rear deck was falling apart. The ledger board was not treated lumber and had been installed withouta drip cap and was half rotted, since it is the first thing put up and the last taken down, the entire deck hadto be torn down. No pictures of this, it was just too badly built. The county building inspectors said that 4X4 post would be OK as supports, but then they wanted more 4X4 post bolted to the sides of the deckas guard posts to support the railing. I decided to simplify life and...
On any given sunday, you just never know what lies in the back of an old van or pick up truck when it comes to digging out old hand tools at a flea market. I usuallly try to visit my friend Ralph once a month to see what tools he has come across in his picks. Ralph gets around here and there during the weeks….and I am very sure more than a few old New Jersey barns as well as other interesting places are where he acquires things like he was about to showcase for me today. Yes…...
I am thinking of getting a set of drawknives built and I am wondering if anyone has any good recommendations. I am thinking of getting some vintage knives. Anyone have recommendations for Brand and other things to look for in the selection of drawknives? I have seen Greenlee, Swan, Wilkenson and some other brands. Is there a brand that excels? Are there good modern knives available? Also, I am looking for a bowl adze. I have seen one that I really like but it is quite spendy. ...
Drawknives restore and MaFe’s sheath types. we are back in Gepetto’s tool cabinet. This is part two of the drawknives restore and MaFe’s sheath type’s blog.In this part the handles will be mounted and we will make a sheath. This blog is dedicated to Andy (Brit) since I know he have a few on his way these days. This was where we left last blog, knife blades and handles. Break up the old, be careful not to bang your chisel into the metal! This old handle was act...
Drawknives restore and MaFe’s sheath types. we are back in Gepetto’s tool cabinet. Some old drawknives from E-bay, it might seem to be trash, but with a little work they are back to life.Also I will show how to make a ‘sheath. This blog is dedicated to Andy (Brit) since I know he have a few on his way these days. Old stuff price a few Euros, and it is often possible to make buys like this.I know ‘trash to some’ priceless to others (me by the way). Ano...
I roughed out another spoon today. I was trying a different handle shape to get a feel for it. Playing with some curves. Also, I’m looking for good ways get a better finish on the spoon bowl. I tried sanding some. I need to get better at making smooth cuts to reduce the work required to finish the spoons. I am thinking of getting some curved knives. That or I need a wider/flatter bent neck gouge. I am thinking of a knife simlar to one of the curved ones from Pinewood For...
I’ve been playing with spoon carving and thinking that being able to use a spokeshave and drawknife will speed the shaping of the handles. I have clamped the work to my carving bench with some success, but Mads's shave horse has inspired me to think about making a similar solution. I really do not want to tackle a full sized shave horse at this time and I did some thinking about how I could come up with something to use on my carving bench. I am thinking of making a jig simil...
What I wish I'd known before spending money on woodworking hand tools #2: Still more new or used... You decide.
This is the followup on my first posting concerning new vs. used woodworking tools. Bits, Braces and Eggbeaters Fortunately, for me, it wasn’t hard to find braces, either at flea markets, or antique shops. There’s a wide variety out there as well, so it’s not uncommon to find many variations of the same item. I’ve got several Stanley, Millers Falls, and Pexto models, and all of them have their good points. Since there were so many manufacturers, if you see one...
...and that includes slathering glue on the ends (let’s try that) and going inside from time to time so I could dunk my head in the sink. First time with the drawknife, fun!
Well, I promised pictures last time, and I have some..I started on the spring pole lathe, which is my big project for this summer/fall, and I decided after much goings on to not make a treadle lathe, meaning in this case continuous motion, but a traditional spring pole lathe, where the piece rotates once or more (hopefully many more) times, then back again. Why? I was inspired by a couple things, like poverty and such, but also after doing months of research into it, it’s just what appe...
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