Two years back, I graduated from college, got a ‘grown up’ job, and finally had some very limited discretionary income to devote to hobbies. I wanted, more than anything, to get into woodworking. In polite company, I describe it as ‘therapeutic’—a productive and beautiful way to give my hands something to do after a full day of ‘knowledge work’. Among friends however… I let on that, to me at least, the smell of sawdust and shavings is darn near nar...
Picked this one up at a yard sale for $2 this past summer. I thought for $2 it would be good for getting use to using and sharpen hand tools again, and get away from all the noise of my power tools. I thought if I mess it up it is only $2. For me it is just not fun using power tools after all the years I had to use them on the job. But I still enjoy working wood. So now I am slowly replacing the Power with good “Old Fashion” hand tools. Now I can relax listen to my music as I wo...
As I am smack in the middle of a workbench build for my 16 month old and we are currently waiting on a part to arrive in the mail I thought I would pass the time with a side project for the kid. We were strolling through our neighborhood dollar store the other day looking at Halloween decor and such when I came across a small 12” saw. As an actual usable saw I think I would have been taken for a ride with the $1 price tag but as a starting point for a junior sized “...
The original photograph was in color, I then inverted/ heat map with Picasa 3.But I like this version!I acquired two branches of “green” (Populus tremuloides) with natural twist. (photos to come)I also acquired another “club” like green branch (photos to come)
First yard sales of the season! Wasn’t that great, but a few gems were found. A bundle of saws files, for $0.50, a little rusty, but they will work. Picked up two full sized handsaws at another sale. $2 each. Got one because of who made it, and the second one because the handle was a close match. Why? real cuties, right? Well the top one will be for parts to rebuild the other one. That one just happens to be the first model of skew back saws Henry Disston made, ...
Shop’s Log: March 27, 2014 Part of going galoot involves finding quality hand tools. While there are now some manufacturers making high quality hand tools (Lie-Nielsen or Lee Valley/Veritas, for instance) there are also a tremendous amount of vintage tools that make great users if you are willing to put in a little work. I have refurbished squares, adjustable bevels and a ton of hand planes, but was now ready to move on to another vital tool for the galoot ….... hand saws. ...
I needed somewhere better to store my hand saws. I wanted something that looked good, held hand saws of varying lengths, and included some storage. Here is what I came up with. Please check out the video for a how too and subscribe to my YouTube channel for weekly videos on Blacksmithing and Woodworking.
It’s been a while and I’ve been plugging and plodding away on this. When I left off, I had finished off the dry fit of the saw till/dog house and had the vision of a tilt out feature like a potato bin. No pics on the glue up. Not any different than the dry fit/rehearsal anyways. After the glue dried I spent some time with my 60 1/2 low angle block plane and MF #9 smoother finishing and fitting the till to the saw bench. While trying to determine the pivot location...
For this blog entry, Amelia asked me (Joe, AKA Daddy) to describe the process. Here goes: The face frame for the cabinet is to be mitered on the corners, which are fastened together with loose tenons placed by the Festool domino. First, I ripped cherry to width on the tablesaw. Second, Amelia got to have some fun. She used my late grandfather’s beautiful craftsman miter box to saw 45 angles on the corners. What a wonderful way to honor his legacy! Third, I used my festool domin...
Sharpening saws is a skill that has always eluded me. More often than not, I’d wind up with a saw out of joint with funny looking teeth that would either cut so slowly as to make a snail’s pace seem like Mach 5, or would jerk in the cut. Each time I had to sharpen my saws, especially the finer toothed ones, I would dangle my chicken bone necklace around the saw handle and offer a small sacrifice of sawdust, praying that this time it would work.It wasn’t for lack of informati...
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