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...
Stumpy gives a lesson in hand saws while he builds one of the most useful fixtures of the hand tool shop- the traditional sawbench (at least his own tricked out version of it). He teaches you about backsaws from dovetail to carcass to sash to tenon; crosscut and rip, tooth counts and more. Then puts it all to work cutting dovetails and draw boring tenons on a sawbench with more uses than… well, you’ll have to watch and see… The Old Timey Workshop is a monthly podcast prod...
Aimed at those new to saw sharpening, this instructional video is 2 1/4 hours long and covers the theory, the tools and the practice of sharpening western saws. You get to look over my shoulder as I sharpen four saws – two backsaws and two hand saws. I’ll explain the saw sharpening process and how you apply it to different scenarios. I really hope you find it useful. As to the production quality, I’ve done the best I could. I had to record it outside, so there is a bi...
Here’s an old tenon saw that I purchased from Ebay some time ago. I hadn’t done anything with it for awhile so I decided it was time to stop ignoring it. The maker according to stamp on the spine is Abraham Ashton & Sons, Sheffield. I didn’t know much about the company, but it looked like a good candidate for a rehab. Here's some info on the sawmaker. One of the things that stood out to me was the tapered saw plate (so I thought). The handle, applewood, I believe, ...
When I started this class I knew right away I would have to do a lot of work at home to keep up. Not having a bunch of essential tools slowed me down, but I’m finally getting some work done between classes. I swear there’s a ukulele somewhere in that pile of stuff! Last night I planed the sides down from about 4mm to 2mm. Pretty sloppy, but I’m learning. That was fun… there really is pure joy in a nice plane. (My Wood River V3 #5 is treating me well.) ...
Even the most seasoned sawyer can dread a long session of ripping down stock by hand. There are quite a few ways to prevent yourself from burning out, but my personal favorite is to use different muscle groups as I go along. I will start by ripping on my saw-bench, kneeling on my work. As I go along I switch to this position. It may look awkward, but it’s rather comfortable and gives you an excellent view of your saw for keeping it both plumb and on your cut line. It...
I had a long day volunteering at my daughter’s school, so I didn’t get to put in much time on the project today. I did manage to cut the frame for the checkerboard from the rest of the White Ash that I used for the lighter squares. It’s amazing how diverse the grain looks considering it all came from the same single 5”W x 12’L board. It would have been nice if it was all like the curly sections. Some of the straighter grained sections look kind of boring by...
To see the version with pictures, please click here. I didn’t have much time in the shop today, but I do what I can, when I can! There was just enough time to cut the first two bridle joints in the legs (I did both the left rear and left front legs). I had put the layout lines on the first one yesterday so I was ready to grab the saw and have at it today. But man, my arm is sore! That 4×4 Douglas Fir is no joke to cut a 3.5 inch by 1 inch chunk out with handsaw and chisels...
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