Ok, I am a beginner, a noob, an fng (for you military types). I have a basement to work in and have been purchasing tools to work with (the fun part, so far). Tonight I started on ‘my workbench’. It’s going to be cheap, it’s going to be ugly, but I need it to be functional. The top is 2×4 Doug fir from a box store. I am aiming for a 5’ x 3’ surface solely due to space constraints (living on-base, military, I’m lucky to have a basement to work ...
From my blog: Christopher Schwarz moderated this session on the second day of Woodworking in America in Berea, KY. Robin Lee and Thomas Lie-Nielsen participated. Highlights of items covered during this session: Summary (from notes I took during the session – but everything is on the video): 1. Characteristics of both types of hand planes.2. Questions with Robin Lee and Thomas Lie-Nielsen.3. Questions from the audience. Now for the good stuff: Using a Veritas bevel-up plan...
Well guys,Let me start off by saying I have always admired old tools. There is something wonderful about holding a tool that a great craftsman may have used to make extraordinary with furniture a hundred years ago. Combine this with my new fascination with hand tools and I knew it was only a matter of time before I tried my hand at handplanes. It started out with the Veritas apron plane, which led to many ebay purchases. I have to say I could not have dreamed of a better finnish than these...
Its been a while since I’ve written a restoration blog, so I figured I’d document this possible save. I’ve started finding a few pre-laterals and kind of like them. My “collector” status has risen to a new level so I don’t mind working on something that will be for history’s sake only. I found this #5 in an antique shop. It wasn’t marked and I had a few other items so I asked the owner what he wanted. The conversation went something like thi...
There are a few golden rules in woodworking: You can never measure it too many times. You can never have too many clamps. Never spill your beer on the table saw. And it’s never, ever… sharp enough. If you only use power tools, you’re missing out, buddy! For the love of everything holy, go buy at least one hand plane! I guarantee, when you use it for that first project, you will be hooked forever! There is nothing in this world, I kid you not, like the feel of razor sharp ...
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 got my mail today and could not believe what came. The label was hand written which confused me since most things to the store are from businesses. Then I saw who it was from—-David “patron” in New Mexico. Of course then I began to get excited. It didn’t matter what it was, it had to be good. I mean, who wouldn’t want to get a package from such a great Lumberjock. Obviously, I was totally shocked by such a kind gesture. I already knew David was a great guy....
After all this time of posting project pictures and videos I’ve decided to move out of my comfort zone and move into the view of the camera. I’ve never been one who wanted to be in front the camera so for me to do this is very new. As with many of you, my goal is to create a video journal of my woodworking experience. I plan on being in front of the camera a bit more so that viewers can develop a sense of my personality. People seem to like being able to put a face with a name....
As some of you may have seen, I built a prototype of a small infill smoother (blog starts here). This went well enough that I decided to make one for myself from precision ground steel. Well, as it turns out, with the way lengths work for precision ground O1, I ended up buying enough for 3 small smoothers and 4 blades, which is perfect, since the prototype needs a blade. So off went my money and a few days later, a package arrived with the steel, some new drill bits, and a scriber. A go...
Tools tools, I love toys, I mean tools #2: Hand tools because it made me feel safer, and my first sharpening/honing attempt...
I’ll admit that I am more a power tool woodworker than a hybrid (and nowhere close to a hand too user). But the more projects I get under my belt, the more I realize that in order to improve as a wood worker, I’m going to have to get more used to hand tools. In some cases, it is probably safer, and not necessarily slower than power tools. I recently edge glued quite a few short pine scraps, to make them wide enough for a few kids toy projects. After edge jointing the pieces,...
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