Wire SizeIn making flower stems, I use several gauges of galvanized wire, ranging from 14 GA to 30 GA as well as single strands from picture wire. Although some people use thin brass tubing (available from hobby shops), I have found that wires of varying gauges are sufficient to create a pleasing result for this project. I use two gauges of wire for each flower. The thicknesses will depend on the size of your flower – bigger flower, thicker wire. The heaviest gauge will form the flower stem a...
I thought I’d let my woodworking buddies know that my DVD was published! In my above video I share a preview of the DVD that I just produced & released with Popular Woodworking Magazine, titled: “Building a Traditional 18th Century Jointer Plane with Bill Anderson. It’s nearly 4 hours of instruction! Bill and I wanted to create a very affordable and detailed class that would be easily understood by both beginner and advanced woodworkers, and we achieved that…with the help of R...
In my last posting, I said that I had ordered a new Stanley Sweetheart No 62 low angle jack plane. I was really looking forward to testing this and putting it into the regular rotation for my hand tools. Unfortunately the plane that was sent to me had issues right out of the box. Mostly cosmetic. Among the issues were: 1. Tote was loose and had a small crack.2. Paint was peeling off the base of the plane from under the tote.3. Paint pealed off the base and stuck to the cap.4. Fla...
Writing a blog about How to set up a Hand Plane will take a series, because it really depends on what you are trying to do. In other words, a smoother will be different than a jack and so forth, but it even goes further than that. At what stage your planing with your smoother will make a difference also. So here is a few tips to get you started, and I’m assuming this is for a smoother, so adjust as needed. - Set the frog far enough ahead so when the blade just starts to cut, it wo...
I thought you might like to see the bar made by my great Grandad. He made the bar for my grandfather in the 1800’s. My grandfather owned a tavern/bar and it was used there for decades. His son, my uncle, took over the bar and inherited the bar with it. It stayed there until the close of the tavern around 1960. My father then took the bar and used it as a back counter in his business. I remember it well. It was painted grey with red trim and and had pressed hardboard on the top. I rememb...
Got Wood? yeah, i got wood (and no it’s not because i’m glad to see your teenage daughters). i drove to kona (the other side of the island) to pick up the hem-fir. i had to go to lowes because home depot didn’t have any untreated, construction grade 2×6’s. i now have a workbench, so here’s a couple pics of my unimpressive, yet functional workbench and another one of most of the project wood: the day after i bought it, i noticed some holes...
So yesterday I went to the lumber yard and bought all the wood I expected to need for the lego table. I was pleasantly surprised at the price. I bought 12.5 board feet of kapur (30’ of 1”x4” and 10’ of 1”x3”) for $18.25 and a 4’x8’ sheet of 1/2” plywood for $13.75. I tried to pick boards that were straight and not warped, and at least in that respect, I succeeded. Today I had some good dedicated shop time. My first task was to cut the b...
I started this just after the first one I made but with the building of the shop just haven’t made the time to finish. This weekend however things just clicked and I spent some time doing it. Its all but done just needs some sanding and a few coats of finish. Joe
Here’s list of the main tools I used in this bench build:- a “scrub” plane (a cheap modern Stanley #5 that I heavily cambered the iron on)- a pair of cheap modern Stanley block planes (LA and regular)- a cheap modern Stanley bullnose rabbet plane- a vintage Stanley #7 Jointer plane that I bought off of eBay- a LV LA Jack plane that I got for Christmas this past year- a cheap Great Neck brand crosscut panel saw- a cheap Putsch brand rip panel saw- a cheap modern Stanley copin...
Hello everyone, I’ve been using hand planes for a little while and I wanted to see how accurately I could dimension a piece of material. I grabbed a scrap piece of hard maple and planed it down to some random width and thickness. Here is a video that I made in which I use some machinist’s measuring tools to see how I did.
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