As a life time wood worker returning to hand tool use, I found my tool set lacking. My dad made me learn hand tools before power tools could be touched, that being said, It’s only been recently that I have returned to hand tools as my primary means of working wood. That being said, I do posses a working set of saws, planes, chisels, etc. The big hole was a stable secure place to hold the wood while working it. One of the most important and basic tools for hand tool users are benches...
Had just about finished sanding 816 in preparation to painting when my ROS decided to spill its guts. It was weird there was no indication it was going to fail, just bam mid sanding the bottom pops out. The motor didn’t stop or buzz just no more sanding pad. I was going to see if I could get it back together but I am going to push on with the painting. The choice of paint colours is what was left in the house from various other DIY projects. I am gaining some painting ex...
I couldn’t find any brushes and I don’t like shopping on Sunday so I thought instead of painting I’d just work on the mast mount. Now I’d initially had this really complicated mount in my head (a dark and scary place at the best of times:-) but after a bit of advice, from shipwright, on how strong the step would need to be I simplified my plan. So I squared up a piece of Douglas Fir I think I got from my Dad before evening leaving the College, so its a well t...
Hey everyone, This is a piece of a fir tree. You may or may not have seen anything like this before but it is fun to explore how this came to be. It may be obvious or not. I find these occasionally in the woods. So this is to test of logic. I will not give you any more info but remember I work with burls at Oregon Burls. So you may have read my short article a little while ago on burling. However this is not a burl… So How did this happen is my question to you. This is fun stuff!E...
Any one have a suggestion on how to use these instead of firewood. I wanted them in 8’ sections but the cut them into rounds. A total of about 10,000 lbs Greg At OregonBurls.Com
Hey guys….I have decided to build another workbench, as the “basic” workbenches like these:Unfortunately, these filled up quickly, and weren’t as stable as I would liked it to be.Being a hardcore gamer, I know how frustrating it is, to be busy clicking away and having the table shake, although I don’t play in my basement/garage shop. The same above applies with using a mallet and chisel, or a hand plane.When I use a mallet and chisel on my bench like the one abov...
Saturday… 0630… In the car heading to Lowe’s for the last few items needed to make the piece of my garage a real shop. Kind of like Pinocchio wanting to be a real boy – my 1/3 of the 3-car garage WANTS to be a woodshop, and I am the maker, Geppetto, who has been carefully, slowly (too slow) making that piece of the garage into a shop. Rich, my neighbor across the street, and, a “sheetrock guy” by trade, has offered to help my little piece of heaven becom...
The flywheel is based around a 2×12 of Douglas Fir I picked up at the big orange store. Not exactly high quality wood, but it gave me the mass I was looking for. I then added a layer of 3/4” pine boards to increase the mass a bit more. I cut the flywheel by mounting it in a vise and using the bow saw I made to cut the rough shape. Doing it this way seemed to be a lot faster than cutting rounding by cutting corners. Once the rough shape was cut, I then trued up the wheel wi...
Construction of the flywheel and pulleys is taking longer than I anticipated, so I thought I’d skip ahead and show the progress that I made on the tool rest earlier today. I started by sawing the basic shape – I threw in a couple of decorative curves. I followed that up by cutting a 1/8” groove in the top and tapping in a piece of 1/8” steel bar stock. I figure that should provide a solid rest for the tools. In Roy’s original plans he doesn’t ment...
I haven’t really taken any vacation time this year so I decided to take a 4 day woodworking staycation. Hopefully the late will be complete at the end of it! With nothing else to do today, I made some great progress. I started the day by finishing up the cross brace on the end. It probably seems like nothing, but cutting mortises in 4”x4” posts takes up a lot of time. Saint Roy’s plans call for this brace to be a simple 2×4, but since I am increasing the m...
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