The pieces are cut flat and square now it’s time to start putting them together. The primary joint for this project is the mortise and tenon, the oldest joint around (and still one of the best). I like to cut my mortises first so let’s start with chisels. There are only three chisels that you need for this project, first and foremost a 1/4 in mortising chisel. Mine is a Lie Nielsen but Ray Iles makes a fine tool as well, you can cut a mortise with a cheap chisel (I did for ...
Here’s another practice version of a “Real Asian Style” table. I tried to use traditional Chinese joinery (or at least what I think would be traditional Chinese joinery). Design is as simple as I could possible think of, not waisted as it really should be, no moldings. Material are a few 2×4’s that probably don’t quite have the right proportions. At this stage for me it is really about learning the joinery so I did not bother preparing the stock. I got...
I never go to garage sales, but late Friday I happened to be on Craigslist and saw an add for tools that sounded interesting. When I clicked on it, i discovered he had some “Vintage Tools”. It opened at 8:00 and since I was free then I decided to check it out. I spent $95 for everything I bought. It seemed like a decent deal to me. If you know anything about any of these, your input is welcome. I know how tune and use them, but I haven’t done much research on models and what...
Busy, busy, can’t stop! Saw this (no pun intended) on eBay… ...and thought of this. Hacksaw, files and P600 wrapped around a dowel. Perfect fit. No more mullered split-nuts. Miss ya, luv ya, cant stop! P.S – Don’t file while drinking, especially if its your 5th one. I’m a bad woodworker!
Alright, this was the most awesome estate sale I have ever seen (out of three…). I guess I will continue this series with what led me to go check out the sale. Here’s the picture which made me stop by. The description of the estate sale says how there is an unbelievable amount of hand tools and power tools. This picture doesn’t do justice in regards to how much stuff this guy had. He must of had some sort of combo plane infatuation. I picked up these two Stanley No. 4...
I picked up an older miter-box the other day, and thought I would get it all fixed up and working during this weekends down time. Pictures tend to describe processes best, so here are a load of pictures. I hope you enjoyed!
There’s a new Little Good Pieces blog post: Bad Axe Toolworks – Home of Fine Saws AND Service. It chronicles my recent experience with Bad Axe Toolworks. Check it out! http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2011/07/22/bad-axe-toolworks-home-of-fine-saws-and-service/
First off let me just say I am happily still working on my sign project, as is my daughter but since I really should have thought harder about my daughter’s sign we have changed direction and now I have a few more letters to cut out. Oh well. In the meantime, I would like to relate a slightly different tale. It has been my pleasure of the past year to watch a number of true craftsmen at work. The dedication of the Korean Bell Garden Pavilion at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens was last w...
In the last shop update, I briefly mentioned a grooving plane that did not work so well. The idea was to have a tool that could quickly make the grooves in the bottom of draw and box stock to accept the drawer/box bottom. The new design really rocks, so much that I made three sizes (widths): 1/8”, 3/16”, 1/4”. Although these are intended for making the grooves on drawer and box sides, I have been discovering more uses for the flexible design of these planes: Shop Jou...
My eleven-year-old student finished up his Mother’s Day Box last Thurs. The box has been a three-to-four month process. He’s learned a lot…especially how to fix broken parts. The full design & build process can be found here.
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