I attended an estate sale this weekend. Sad going through another woodworkers shop and rumaging through their tools. Can only hope to pay my respects by choosing tools that I will put to good use and treat them well. (and by well I do not mean collecting dust on some shelf as a decoration). 2 Turn of the century Disston Saws and a couple of North Bros Yankee Drill / Drivers are the prizes. The massive mitersaw is impressive, but I have been after one of the old thumb-hole Rip saw...
Yesterday, I took every tool that was in my main tool chest out of the box and cleaned and vacuumed out the box. While I was at it I laid my tools out on the work bench and cleaned and inspected them and took some of the bigger Stanley planes apart one at a time and cleaned all the parts. The iron in three of the planes needed sharpening so I did that before I reassembled them. I then put a few of the tools and put them in other drawers instead and put some other tools with these because this...
With the confidence gained recently with the use of properly sharped chisels, I decided to make hand tools the center of my next tool splurge. True to my word, with the great customer service provided by Highland Woodworking, I placed another order and received the following - The spokeshaves were an impulse purchase at Harbor Freight. Both for 12 bucks and I haven’t seen spokeshaves at any local stores. I picked up a Crown dovetail gent’s saw (good reviews on fine wood...
Galoot nirvana is achieved. The video clip is a bit rough, but it was taken with my iPhone in a hurry before more guests came into the shop. Check it out. Shannon
Hello everybody. I’ve got a 4 part series on how to make a hand carved box using mostly hand tool. Not much more to say other that, enjoy the show.Oh yeah, Safety Dan says “hi”.
From Roubo Slumber This is the current state of my Roubo. I’m pretty embarrassed about that, given that i have had the lumber for a few months now. I have encountered several glitches, besides my doctorate (when it gets in the way of woodworking, that’s exactly how i think of the damn thing). -First off, i miscalculated the stretchers. Since it’s 2 laminated pieces, one should be shorter than the other, and i ordered 2 of the same size (and shorter at that! the width betwe...
I hate cutting bevels on my table saw. No matter what I do I get significant burning that has to be cleaned up, setting the blade and resetting to square adds time, and it can be very unsafe if not done properly. When I have limited bevel work to be done, I turn to my hand planes. This is the topic of my first hand tool tip episode.
No electrons were harmed during the building of this table. This was great fun and even more affirmation of the time I spent building my workbench. Enjoy the video.
I keep telling myself that I’m not a collector…that I’m not on the slippery slope…and as long as I use them (it shouldn’t really matter if I have more than I actually need) I’m still ok-no intervention required. That said, I thought talk a bit about a couple of of the best hand planes out there for a relatively small amount of $$$. I’m referring to Keen-Kutters “K” series (Not the KK series, they are not the same) The K series (th...
When I received my “new” plane from David, aka patron, I couldn’t wait to get started on the tune up. Of course the first step was to take it apart. That proved to be a chore. The blade was very rusted, as you would expect from any old plane. That, coupled with the old finish, made everything rather stuck. I was being very cautious since I sure didn’t want to damage any part, especially the wedge. After much “gentle” tapping, it finally broke loose.I then b...
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