I am considering offering a new special for those who would like to take my Maloof-style rocking chair class. After talking to a number of woodworkers, I have come up with a “class bundle” offer for a week of instruction on rocking chair science. If at least six (6) woodworkers sign up for any week-long (5 days) “class bundle,” then, by a drawing, one of those woodworkers will receive that “class bundle” for FREE. Included in the five-day (Monday t...
After spending quite a bit of time researching the history of my W. Tyzack, Sons & Turner saws, I was looking forward to finding out about this Disston backsaw from across the pond. After all, we have the wonderfully detailed Disstonian Institute web site at our disposal. Yep, finding out about this backsaw was going to be easy, or so I thought. When I started my research, I obviously knew it was a Disston backsaw, but I had no idea what model. This is how the saw looked when it came i...
Well, the temperature in MN has turned to normal for this time of year, from the 40s to the teens, and working in my garage has slowed a bit. On top of that both my wife and a friend have asked for other projects, which of course, I am happy to put in line after this one. But it is cold in the garage (workshop) and metal planes rob heat from the hands faster than a politician with a sweet tooth grabbing a lollipop from a child! Progress must continue. So I will start work on the apron, I ...
It all started with the purchase of a stanley #48, the tongue and groove plane. I saw it on Roy Underhills show the WoodWright. So it is really his fault. Anyway I have slowly and sometimes quickly started accumulating hand tools. So now its time to use them, I chose to make a table out of Pine for a friend. Pine is soft and should be fairly forgiving of mistakes or improper techniques. This is only the beginning, I figure if I can get comfortable with the hand tools, then future pro...
Once your stock is at a working dimension (4 square and final length for the rails an inch overlong for the legs) it’s time to start laying out the joints that will create the base for your table. The joinery used for a good table is a haunched mortise & tenon. There are several great alternatives…but this is a good starting point. For furniture it is important to think of the end result early on. Take a moment to arrange the pieces on your bench so you know at a glance whe...
While I haven’t been spending a lot of time on here in the past couple months, I’ve started gaining back momentum. What I have noticed is that I seemed to jump on the latest craze/band wagon for many woodworkers without knowing it. While going to hand tools is nothing new, when I first started here there seemed to be very little projects or people with complete hand tool mentality. I could no doubt be wrong but everything I read, all the projects seemed to be done with all power t...
I have been on this website for about a year and a half now and posted many projects and forum topics, but I’ve yet to write a single blog post. So here it goes. :-) Over the past year or so I’ve been incorporating more and more hand tools into my arsenal. Lumberjocks is likely at fault, at least in part! I’m by no means a purist or one that despises power tools, but I’ve found a certain enjoyment from the traditional methods. My own renaissance seems to coincide wi...
Welcome Fellow Lumberjock, I am writing this blog as a testament to the joy and simplicity of working with handtools. Handtools obviously require manual labor. But I am always up for burning off extra calories. Plus, in a handtool shop, I have no noise issues. I can listen to my favorite podcast or the football games on TV (on Sundays anyway). I also have no dust problems and don’t need a dust collection system. I feel it is also safer. The table saw, router, and such can bite ...
Did you know that saw handle making was a profession in its own right in the 19th century? Young men underwent an apprenticeship lasting 12 months before they could call themselves a saw handle maker. It seems a long time doesn’t it? One year, just to learn how to make a saw handle. However there was quite a lot of detailing to do on a 19th century saw handle. Some features were purely for decoration, whilst others had a distinct function. The handles in the following photograph from two o...
When I first got into woodworking a few years ago, I started coming across the names of makers of fine hand tools. Lee Valley, Bad Axe, and of course, Lie Nielsen. The Lie Nielsen catalog is ever present on my night stand. And I thumb through it frequently before bed-assured that sugar plums and hand planes will dance in my slumbering head. So when Lie Nielsen advertised their latest hand tool event in Denver, I resolved to go for a few reasons. —They have one sample of each o...
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