As an apartment dweller there are a few things that just drive me crazy. I am working on a project right now that has taken me a while to complete. I have been building two end tables for our apartment, because as a newly wed we have very little furniture. The problem is that they are 50 miles away at my father in laws garage. This is a real pain in my butt because not only do I have to drive if I want to do anything, but also I get the itch to go out and tinker durring the week and really ca...
Last time we were about to reassemble the plane after sharpening. if you have ever set-up and used any wooden plane, you’ll find the principal is the same for a moulding plane. The only real difference is sharpening the profile on the moulding plane. First, place all the parts back in the body. Try to get the iron about even with the sole of the plane.Then, lightly tap on the wedge. If you just get it snug, but not tight, you will be able to then adjust the iron out of the body. If anyt...
In part one of this series I showed you many of the hand tools I have accumulated over the years. I guess having fantastic tools doesn’t mean much if you never use them. To be honest, I owned several of mine long before I really knew how to properly tune-up, sharpen, or use them. I guess having my Bridge City planes kinda of spoiled me, because they were so good from the box, I needed no skill to set them up or sharpen them. Then I bought a Leigh-Nielson low angle block plane. It too ne...
Unorthodox WoodWorking Tools…. ….at some point in my woodworking story,the point was made that i must create beyond,“beyond what” i heard my-self asking again until,“until the dreams you have be-come art” i perceived…. ….so much that i was more at the world’s lost end of my-self,since all my be-ing up until then had be-come as un-perceived,works of art back then all included “other’s” concept for wood,till the responsibility back then was all laid on my shou...
stefang offered a challenge the other day for us to create a blog on hand tool use. That was good timing, because it’s been on my mind for some time now. This will be a series in several parts—I don’t yet know how many. If you are lucky, I will have the sense to know when to quit. If not—Well, I suppose you may stop reading and go do something worthwhile—Like work in your shop. I hope you stick around. As I’ve stated before, I grew up working in my Dad...
Got Wood? yeah, i got wood (and no it’s not because i’m glad to see your teenage daughters). i drove to kona (the other side of the island) to pick up the hem-fir. i had to go to lowes because home depot didn’t have any untreated, construction grade 2×6’s. i now have a workbench, so here’s a couple pics of my unimpressive, yet functional workbench and another one of most of the project wood: the day after i bought it, i noticed some holes...
about a year ago, i moved into a dorm room sized studio. i immediately began conjuring up thoughts of a loft bed to give me more space to set up a small computer building area. i haven’t tried a wood project since middle school (i’m a world saver, not a carpenter), but having someone else do it is not in the budget, plus it could end up poorly done. the only thing worse than buying/making a cheap piece of junk is buying/making an expensive piece of junk. after searching for i...
I did a trade for some woodwork with a guy who had a garage full of lumber and several nice hand tools. Most of the lumber was Oak. I don’t really like working with Oak. But I thought it would be perfect for a bench, and there was enough of it. I got lots of different lengths and widths. Most of it was 3/4”. I forgot to take a “before” photo of the stack but here is a sample: Now I intend to make a nice, sturdy bench, but its going to be more functional than ...
Falling BehindThe class is about halfway through with an agenda of the following:Sharpen four chiselsSharpen a card scraperTune and Sharpen a Smooth PlaneTune and Sharpen a block planeS4S boards with hand toolsCut DovetailsMake dovetailed box with mortise and tenon handle. So far we have finished our chisels and card scraper and worked a bit with the chisels. Our instructor has given demos on how to tune a plane as well. Sharpening A Card ScraperFor the last two weeks Kristin and I have...
Last time I showed the process for lapping the faces of the chisels. Here is the back of the 1/4” chisel. In the next phase of chisel sharpening we learned to hone the bevels. In order to more easily hone the chisel by hand we ground a double bevel. For the purpose of the class we used a Tormek Super Grinder, however the same can be accomplished with a bench grinder and more care to not burn your steel.Here is a chisel that has been hollow ground…Hollow ground chisels provide t...
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