I have actually had the bench in this stage since early September when my father in law was in town to give me a hand in mounting the top, beam and all, to the sled. It went on just right the first time which was rewarding, until I looked closer at the planing beam pipes and realized I was going to have to make some adjustments on the alignment holes in the top. After several go ‘rounds, we finally got that into a workable solution. Then I raised the planing beam only to discover it ...
Warning: the following is written in my blog’s wierd, arcane style… read at your own risk. Once again the literary blog of Chris Schwartz has stimulated my own (somewhat cranked) chain of consciousness toward the philosophical side of woodworking. “The Schwartz” recently offered a very positive review of Roy Underhill’s newest book (the link is here), which wasn’t fair because I can’t go out and buy it yet, and pre-ordering it only makes me feel like I’m 8 years old and it’s t...
“Maybe he was a pattern maker”. Alexander, my oldest son, is an engineer and was looking at the collection of gouge chisels as I put their tray back in the chest. I was wondering why Mr Wake had so many gouge chisels and whether that was a clue to his job. All the tools in this chest are marked “C Wake” but I know nothing else about him, except for what I can guess from the chest and its contents. “You just want to show off your collection of tools, that’s why you’re doing these arti...
This is our fourth interview in the series we’ve done on folks who are presenting at this years Woodworking in America Conference. I had the opportunity to talk to the owner and founder of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Thomas Lie-Nielsen. We talk about: What it was like to start a tool manufacturing company 25 years ago when woodworking hand tools weren’t as popular. The challenges they faced bringing chisels to the market. Some of Lie-Nielsen’s newest tools ...
In some ways I would be proud to have “Bodger” on my CV. The gentlemen who made chair spindles in the beech woods in and around Buckinghamshire when Charles Dickens was writing were called Bodgers. It’s hard to see where the connection with “botching a job” comes from but there probably isn’t one, apart from the fact that they come from the same, older, root. Bodgers were not “botchers” or “butchers” or “cowboys” even, they were skilled woodsmen who cleaved beech wood and then turned the...
A few weeks ago I shared about my problems resawing with a handsaw. Several people suggested various jigs, and more than one told me just to go buy a circular saw. Well, I decided to try to give myself a nice long straight edge to guide the saw. Ended up getting more and more complex, until this is what I ended up with: In the end, it didn’t do that great of a job. So I put off doing this until the day before I had to pack up all my tools. I figured it was now or never, so I j...
Before I can chronicle more of Moby Plank, which I’m itching to do, I need to get the mesquite legs and stretchers made. In order for me to complete the legs, which will be carved out of 5×5x 36 blocks of mesquite, I need a band saw much bigger than the little hobbiest one I have. I can’t afford a band saw until the project is completed, and I get paid. Hence a conundrum. After pondering possible possible solutions, and my wife objecting to me selling the kids, I struck u...
This is again a mirror of my Website blog, www.thewoodshepherd.wordpress.com, which I wanted to share with my Lumberjocks friends… One of the glorious things about being a woodworker today is our ability to be served by the Internet. Through this amazing channel of funneled electrons, we can blog and Twitter and post websites full of our projects and join together with others in songs of praise over the latest Veritas or Lie-Nielsen acquisition, or remind one another to be wary of t...
! I took some pictures to “document” my adventure of building these clocks by hand. It is by no means a complete record of the construction process but hey – its my first attempt. First, some nice boards from my stash on the bench. Laying out true and false bottoms and tops Ripping with a saw over 100 years old but it still works great (after being sharpend of course ;-) Crosscutting…(too lazy to pick up the other saw…) Parts are r...
From my blog entry: A-beading I will go… I had a dilemma to solve: How to decorate the apron on a small stool for granddaughter #2. She uses a little stool to sit while playing the guitar, during her guitar lessons. I don’t have any power tools that would give me what I wanted: I really, really wanted a narrow groove and a bead on the bottom edge of the aprons. Finally, the little light went on, and out came the solution: My Stanley 66 Universal hand beader! I pur...
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