10 years or more ago, I bought a bunch of Bessey clamps on sale at Rockler Woodworking. In the years that followed, I subscribed to Woodworker’s Journal for a few years, Woodsmith for a few years. Bought (and sold) the Woodsmith Time-Life book collection. But I never really built anything, at least not anything I’d wanted to build. I’ve always lacked many of the tools and shop space and working on anything was a frustrating, compromised experience. Well now I’m marr...
The Humble Hand Brace - A Beginner's Guide to Restoring, Buying and Using #8: Part 8 - Tips and Tricks on Using a Hand Brace
Sorry it has taken me so long to post the final part to this blog series. Life just gets in the way sometimes. However, here it is and I hope you enjoy it. In this episode I wanted to look at using a hand brace and explore some of the so called hints and tips out there to see if they really are useful. I’ll also show you how to get in touch with your inner level. I’m assuming you’ve sharpened your auger bits like I showed you in the last episode. A sharp auger bit is paramount for drilling...
I did an Interview with Chris Schwarz from Lost Art Press that I posted on my blog if anyone is interested. Next week I am going to do a review of the Anarchist Tool Chest. Chris Schwarz is one of the founding members of Lost Art Press a small publishing company in Kentucky that focuses on teaching modern woodworkers traditional hand tool skills. Chris is the also the former editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine. In the next week or so I will post an article about “The Anarchist Tool ...
A few months ago I bought two nice pieces of highly figured maple. 8/4, 9” wide and about 4’ long. And the best part… I got it cheap. So it has been in my shop while I sat around trying to decide what to do with it. I made up my mind. About 16 months ago I made a spice cabinet out of pine and dyed it to look like walnut. I love it, loved everything about it. But I want to make another one, a better one, one from awesome wood. So, thats what I am going to do. This is...
I and my friend (master blacksmith) made chisels and a slick for my upcoming Timber Framing project. He made the steel parts. I made handles and leather tip guards. In my opinion chisels and the slick came out very high quality. So the idea was born – to make my own Timber Framing hand tool workshop were we could manufacture high quality fully hand made tools. Maybe there are anyone who can give me some advice or some dealer/manager or craftsmen who are interested to take apart in my...
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” Zig Ziglar (1926 – )...Motivational author and speaker Miraculous Staircase of Santa Fe NMThe Miraculous Staircase of the Loretto Chapel located in Santa Fe New Mexico is an amazing piece of carpentry and woodworking. If this work of art were built today, the reaction of people would be the same as it was when this set of stairs was completed...
Yesterday was an expensive day for me…somewhat. I picked up what was advertised as a Diamond Edge plane, but I believe to actually be a Type 11 Stanley #4. It has the Diamond Edge tote and blade, but also shows Stanley patent dates and says Bailey on the toe. The Diamond Edge on the tote doesn’t quite match up with what the date of the plane looks to be, so it’s probably a bit of a frankenplane. No worries for me though. I want a user plane, so the tote won’t matt...
The Humble Hand Brace - A Beginner's Guide to Restoring, Buying and Using #6: Part 6 - What to Look for when Buying a Secondhand Brace and more
I thought I’d mix it up a bit in this part of the blog and record a video where I: Discuss what to look for when you pick up a secondhand brace and consider buying it. Mention variations in design and size and why you would use one size over another. Address Racerglen’s question on restoring plated braces. Answer lysdexic’s question as to why the Yankee 2100 represents the pinnacle of brace development. YouTube only allows uploads up to 15 minutes in length (...
Here are some more of my garage sale finds. I still don’t have quite all of them done, but I’m close.I intended to wait to restore these, but I couldn’t resist. For some strange reason my wife thinks I shoud be working on repairs on our house. I bet if I took a vote here, most of you would back me up. Thanks for looking.
This article was originally posted on the Little Good Pieces blog on Oct 3, 2010. Anybody see anything wrong with this picture? Show of hands…thought so. Nobody in their right mind would try this. Putting a large irregularly shaped object through a tablesaw as-is is a surefire recipe for disaster. Why do it, then? To make a point. Power tools, by and large, are designed to do their best work with relatively straight wood. Also, with the exception of the lathe, stationary...
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