With the confidence gained recently with the use of properly sharped chisels, I decided to make hand tools the center of my next tool splurge. True to my word, with the great customer service provided by Highland Woodworking, I placed another order and received the following - The spokeshaves were an impulse purchase at Harbor Freight. Both for 12 bucks and I haven’t seen spokeshaves at any local stores. I picked up a Crown dovetail gent’s saw (good reviews on fine wood...
So like many here, this summer has been one of hardship, and little work, and lots of stress. But as outlined earlier, that’s why this blog is titled the way it is. This spring didn’t see as many trees fall as I figured would, so not as much work there. One old box elder did take a plunge…right into the fork of a large mulberry tree, splitting it about 10 ft….but still 10ft off the ground….and over a fence right into the neighbor’s garden…so that w...
After a few weeks of no woodworking, I figured I’d warm up my woodworking muscles by making a few trivets. Simple, fun, useful, and not to mention, quiet, exercises perfect for a couple free hours on a weeknight. This is a great trick Jay van Arsdale taught us: using tape instead of clamps to saw the lattice beams. Unlike clamps, it’s much easier and quicker to flip and maneuver the beams as you do your saw and chisel work. Saw the lines. Chop to take out the ...
Just thought I’d give y’all an update since my first disaster. I chose to forgo the dull chisel this time and just went with the hacksaw, vise, and pencil. This time was much better as far as fit, but still pretty fugly. I’d give it a 4.5/10 as opposed to a 1/10 I would have given my last adventure. Here are some action shots. Cutting new tails (notice the first ones I did on the opposite end). Now the pins with my new and improved #2 marking device. Why didn’...
I picked up an older miter-box the other day, and thought I would get it all fixed up and working during this weekends down time. Pictures tend to describe processes best, so here are a load of pictures. I hope you enjoyed!
Of old hand tools.There was an excellent display of older tools for working with wood… This last photo is of an army of rabbits.. these rabbits were cut on a scroll saw and the smallest is only 1/8 inch tall..[3 mm]
I was having a rather cold and uninteresting time trying to draw up plans for my recent Country carving throne project so I set my feet to the woods for some pine that may allow me to create a piece to use in my shop. I knew just off the edge of the woods where I could fetch a pretty good chunk for a rustic bench to use for various tasks from sawing, hewing, etc. I needed to connect with some outdoor timber work, get the blood flowing (it was a cold day!) and have some challenges to try and m...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOX6opb-Hg8 We just completed our spring class in the Black Swamp Cooperage at Sauder Village! The two gentlemen in the video did an excellent job and completed their bucket on Saturday afternoon! Had a great time using all old hand tools, a schnitzelbank, draw knives, croze, scorps, and bow saws.
So I have recently gotten into woodworking and after being given a book dealing with only working with hand tools I have become pretty infatuated and decided to start to do a lot of “hand tool only” projects. This coupled with a budget and my wife’s infatuation with everything antique and vintage we have started to hit the flea market/estate/yard/garage sale circuit. Today was my first awesome find. This guy was a woodworker and it showed with a shed full of tools. I end...
10 Steps to Getting Started in Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools #1: Introduction to Joshua's 10 Steps
Have you ever wanted to feel the ancient satisfaction of building beautiful wood furniture by hand? Like your great grandfather built? Have you felt a longing to be connected with your ancestors by common work? Do you want to build a legacy that you can be proud to pass onto your children? Do you want to own and restore gorgeous antique tools that were made so well that they’ll be around for your great grandchildren to use? I’m Joshua Farnsworth, and I have fallen in lo...
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