I just joined the Wood Whisper Guild and am going to follow along with the Wall Hanging Cabinet build. There’s a lot of dovetails in that plan. I’m intrigued by hand cutting them but, having never cut one before, I’m going to need a lot of practice. So here it goes: First up, the tools I’m using: Adjustable square, pencil, marking gauge, and dovetail angle template for layout. A dozuki for cutting the pins and tails and a fret saw for removing the waste. A coup...
There’s a new post on the Little Good Pieces Blog: “Wing Chun Dummy – Making the Frame, Part 2”. I correct some joinery errors and glue up the frame. Check it out! http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2010/12/26/wing-chun-dummy-making-the-frame-part-2/
This article was originally posted on the Little Good Pieces blog on September 27, 2010. There’s something about old hand tools. Unlike the shiny new ones in the catalogs, the old ones have character. What exactly is character? The dictionary defines it as “the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing”. Look at an old tool, and I’m sure you’ll agree. Take the old bit brace above as an example. It belonged...
Of old hand tools.There was an excellent display of older tools for working with wood… This last photo is of an army of rabbits.. these rabbits were cut on a scroll saw and the smallest is only 1/8 inch tall..[3 mm]
I just posted some pictures of my buddy’s Hand Tool Chest. If you like hand tools at all it’s worth checking out. http://www.craftedbytim.com/?p=203
The power went out last weekend. What to do, what to do. Well, atone for my past hand tool indiscretions, of course.
I changed the overall dimensions of the bench to accommodate a top that is two feet by four feet. My shop is pretty small so I’m trying to make everything more compact. My first task with the new bench was to create the end assemblies. So, I used a German cross cut handsaw (http://www.traditionalwoodworker.com/24-Hand-Saw-7-TPI-Cross-Cut-Teeth-Germany/productinfo/520-0600/) I ordered from traditional woodworker and got to work. Once I rough-cut the lumber down, I used my new Stanl...
Due to a change of circumstances in my life, I recently moved from Nashville, Tennessee to Boston, Massachusetts. In the process I lost my garage workshop and gained a very small room in a dingy basement. Due the the space and noise constraints I have decided to try my luck with hand tools instead of the power tools I have relied on in the past. Since my bench was left in Tennessee, I decided that the first thing I needed to build a new workbench. One that was sturdy, solid, hand made, ...
This article was originally posted on the “Little Good Pieces” blog on September 13, 2010. I finished construction of my first piece of greenwood furniture the other day. True, it still lacks a seat, but that sort of counts as a second project, and I really didn’t want to wait till spring to post about it. Not terribly impressive is it? It’s just a little footstool of white oak without any curves or ornamentation of any sort. However, this stool has great ...
This afternoon I emerged from the shop here at Fine Woodworking after having put together a pretty neat little picture framing jig. It’s designed for cutting precise miters and perfectly matching picture frame sides (meaning it has a stop block set-up meant to cut pairs of picture frame sides to precisely the same length). It’ll be featured in an upcoming video workshop I’m going to be shooting later this month on picture frame moldings and frame assembly. Anyhow, I digress....
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