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• Eighteenth-Century Frame Saw #4: Side Rails and a Test Drive

04-15-2018 11:28 PM by Ron Aylor | 14 comments »

Side Rails and a Test Drive –  After reorienting the horse and the cart, I used my tenon clamp and chairmarker’s tenon saw…   … to create a tenon at one end of each of the two 3/4” x 1” cherry side rails.   I then cut 3/8” x 3/4” x 1-3/8” through mortises in the handles …  ... to accept the side rails.                 After a quick check for squareness …  I assembled one end of the saw and attached the blade …  … It was then that I was able to determine the...

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• Eighteenth-Century Frame Saw #3: Cart Before the Horse

04-14-2018 08:09 PM by Ron Aylor | 18 comments »

Cart Before the Horse –  I know I said I was going to attach the side rails next, but as I was ripping these parts …  … it dawned on me that I didn’t know how long they needed to be. I wouldn’t know the length until the blade attachment pieces were in place. So, once I laid out their shape on a cherry board, I drilled holes for the blade pins …                 … cut mortises for the handles to pass through …  … making sure everything stayed square …  … and tight.            ...

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• Eighteenth-Century Frame Saw #2: Handles

04-13-2018 06:59 PM by Ron Aylor | 10 comments »

Handles - Having cut out the first handle with a coping saw, I used files and rasps to further define the shape.                 I then transferred the shape to another cherry board and started all over again.  I think these two handles are pretty close …  ... especially when viewed at three feet apart … LOL!  Overall this saw will be approximately 40” long and 20” wide. Next I need to cut the 3/4” x 1” side rails, and joint them, via through mortise and tenon, to the handles before tac...

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• Eighteenth-Century Frame Saw #1: The Want

04-13-2018 03:01 PM by Ron Aylor | 15 comments »

The Want - For years I have been resawing stock with a rip cut handsaw … both hardwoods …  … and softwoods.  Although this has proven successful, I have always wanted to add a frame saw to my arsenal, for this purpose. I have hesitated, up to now, for the sole reason of blade attachment. I have seen many different methods using tubular steel with inset bolts for blade tension, but I do not have the capacity to work with metal.  I recently obtained a copy of TOOLS: Working Wood in Eight...

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• Two Tier Side Table #3: Selecting Stock

04-11-2018 01:31 AM by Ron Aylor | 6 comments »

Selecting Stock –  With a bright sunny day, I dug through my lumber stores …   … and after bit of … yes, no, maybe  … was able select a nice piece of cherry and ash.                 Combined with a piece of 8/4 ash for legs …                 … I think I’ve got more than enough stock to start roughing out parts for my side table. Thanks for looking, more to come. As always, all comments and/or questions welcomed. Follow my progress with the links below.Two Tier Side Table #1 – Rea...

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• Two Tier Side Table #2: Playing Around in Paint

04-05-2018 02:37 PM by Ron Aylor | 21 comments »

Playing Around in Paint –  After a few hours playing around in Paint, This is what I have so far.           Nothing too fancy. I’m thinking maybe 20” W x 20” D x 22” H (or a bit higher) , with a 6” high drawer. I’ll use cherry and ash as shown. I’m torn between cherry bread boards on the lower tier or an ash border akin to the top … will just have to wait and see. I may also taper the legs a bit to the inside. Well … time to start roughing out some lumber.  Thank...

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• Two Tier Side Table #1: Realization

04-04-2018 12:25 PM by Ron Aylor | 9 comments »

Realization -  It was brought to my attention this morning that we need a side table.  A few months ago I picked up some really nice cherry and ash from Suwanee Lumber. I’m sure the stock has had enough time to get used to my shop. So, perhaps it’s time to start working on a two tier side table. It might take me a few days to determine what this table should look like … so, stay tuned to see what I come up with. Thanks for looking, more to come! Follow my progress with the l...

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Hand Tools #1: The cheapest Block Plane I ever bought, brand new.

03-30-2018 06:23 AM by Tony Slattery | 3 comments »

This is the block plane that I bought from my local Mitre 10 hardware store. It only cost $10 in the bargain bin, so no great expectations. I am hoping to get it tuned up and sharpen the blade as best I can, and hopefully it will be worthwhile. At the very least, I will have learned something about block planes. On that note, let me say that although I have been involved in woodworking and making things over the years, I am by no means an expert in all things woodworking. The car...

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Modern, to Traditional

03-03-2018 11:29 PM by IantheTinker | 20 comments »

I have been thinking more about trying my hand at more traditional projects, with more traditional techniques, using more traditional tools. I get tired of all the noise from power tools and sometimes desire a more quiet, peaceful workspace. Though, I must admit, I am pretty rubbish with any handsaw aside from a Japanese pullsaw, my hand plane is a finicky thing from HF, my chisels are cheap and don’t hold an edge well, and I am largely unskilled in every way imaginable. However, using more h...

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Handy tools #2: Little froe and doweling plate

02-23-2018 01:32 AM by Dave Polaschek | 6 comments »

I put a handle on a big froe last year, but I’ve been wanting to make my own dowels lately, and that’s too big for splitting off small chunks of wood for dowels. So I asked my friend Jeff for a smaller tool. The result was this little froe. When combined with a doweling plate from Lie-Nielsen, I can split a piece of oak or ash off a scrap, run it down the sizes to 3/16” and trim it to length in under ten minutes. I did a half-dozen this evening to peg the French cleat into my rasp and ...

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