I’ve recently been cleaning up some of my old hand tools to stock a tool chest built by my grandfather sometime in the early part of the 20th century. I inherited a number of my grandfather’s hand tools in 1974 following his death. When my dad died in 1996, I inherited a portion of his tools (Mom sold his power tools to help support herself and the hand tools were either sold or divided among six children). I’ve used these tools, sometimes used them very hard, over the d...
So I have decided, with great agonizing, to become a Neanderthal. I will be relinquishing my power tools at the end of my current project due to a time constraint on the commission. With any luck I will be sweating and frustrated by Christmas. There are several valid reasons which justify this move for me; thus the reason for the blog post. As I worked through this decision, I realized that a great deal of information is available for the power tool woodworker, the hand tool woodworker, or...
I’ve been on a tool making kick lately and I took it to the next step and made my first hand plane. Not only did i make a plane, but I made my own iron as well from an old saw blade. The dimensions are 2.5”hx8”Lx2.75”W. I made it from poplar and walnut. Thanks for looking. Comments are appreciated and please subscribe to my YouTube Channel. Check out the video HERE.
I bought an old Stanley No 60 wood chisel the other day. It was rusty and needed a good sharpening. I used the scary sharp method. Please like, share, and SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel for more woodworking and blacksmithing projects. Click here for the video and comments are always appreciated!
Last week I found a pro woodworker/contractor advertising his offcuts on craigslist. I headed over and was in awe of what he called offcuts. I ended up with some great tips from him in addition to some slabs of Alaskan yellow cedar, sugar pine, and some pieces of walnut and cherry. I’m saving these for a toolbox I hope to make soon and a marking gauge. In the meantime, I knew I was running out of space to store this wood in a sightly manner back home. The little wood space I did have...
I’ve been busy doing a shop renovation (click on the Blog link in my signature for more detail) and finally have my machinery moved around enough to plan on a design for the cabinet. It is going to keep me busy for a while!I’m open to comments and suggestions, so here is a drawing of the current idea. It is based on a Shaker Step-Back Cupboard, and is 16” deep at the base unit, 12” deep on the top unit, and closes with frame and panel doors. Let me know what you think...
Wow, seems like I do one blog post per year, so … here’s my annual installment. My last post was a bit prophetic, “handsaws in my future”. I had a hunch that this was the direction my shop habits were heading but I wasn’t 100% convinced until now. I like quiet, I like the smell of wood being cut, ive got a 10 month old at home who isn’t the most sound of sleepers, and ive got some “old soul” in me. This leads me on a new journey into making t...
After a bit of a layoff as far as the shop is concerned, I got busy. Milled my stock First up was to cut the lap joints for the center of the supports. I set up my GP mitre box with a moveable stop and set the depth stop. I made the first cut on all the pieces Then the second Nice and tight!“xxxX” rated Next up, marking the tenons Then cutting them Not so good at first, but improved To fix my poor workmanship I mad a jig for my 71 Final...
Aimed at those new to saw sharpening, this instructional video is 2 1/4 hours long and covers the theory, the tools and the practice of sharpening western saws. You get to look over my shoulder as I sharpen four saws – two backsaws and two hand saws. I’ll explain the saw sharpening process and how you apply it to different scenarios. I really hope you find it useful. As to the production quality, I’ve done the best I could. I had to record it outside, so there is a bi...
Spoon making is something that the more I research it the more I become astounded that this craft grows at the rate that it does. Friends, there are large groups of folks all over the globe that share classes, festivals, everything and anything related to making green wood into spoons and bowls. I think perhaps it may be that spoon making is very portable as well as affordable. The wood is free, you can do it while camping with friends, the bench is a chopping log, and the tools can be bro...
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