6 years ago, when my interest in woodworking began to peak again, I realized the last time I had done a serious woodworking project was almost 20 years prior. Back then, we had high school woodshop classes with well defined goals and projects and a lot of machinery at our fingertips. But the years had gone by and many of those shop lessons had faded or were forgotten altogether. I barely remembered the basic safety instructions that had been hammered into our heads. I really didn’t k...
I was a very fortunate woodworker this week to receive correspondence from a special friend. Of course it is MADS! Mads for the few who may be unaware of his positive presence on lumberjocks is a fantastic woodworker, designer, and all around spiritual character. Basically he makes the entire experience of sharing on Lumberjocks all the more interesting and fun. As I opened the envelope there before me was a wonderful letter full of good things. A handmade Origami Crane…wow, I lov...
When I was a youngster in what they now refer to as “mid-century”, my father had a hand plane. I had no idea what kind and no idea what it was supposed to be used for, but I used it to shape my PineWood Derby car for my cub scouts race. (In case you’re wondering, I didn’t win, place or show. Just barely made it down the track.) Until recently, that was my only experience with a hand plane. Since hanging about LumberJocks I’ve read all kinds of stuff about ...
Leaving the tool chest for a moment; we go back a few years to the Domesday Book and 1086 and an interesting fact – 13 saws were recorded in the kingdom, bowsaws were common at the time so what kind of saws were these? Probably not sawmills; mills are mentioned aplenty and millponds too but they were agricultural mills. These are probably pitsaws, a gruelling job for two men; one of them in the pit and the other steering the two-handed saw and balancing on the level tree-trunk as they r...
I just joined the Wood Whisper Guild and am going to follow along with the Wall Hanging Cabinet build. There’s a lot of dovetails in that plan. I’m intrigued by hand cutting them but, having never cut one before, I’m going to need a lot of practice. So here it goes: First up, the tools I’m using: Adjustable square, pencil, marking gauge, and dovetail angle template for layout. A dozuki for cutting the pins and tails and a fret saw for removing the waste. A coup...
Rockin’ Knot ....my angles are true,rockin’ knot declares it’s self,tung oil gives good sheen….—by flp ——————————————————————————————————————————————————R...
Hello to all lumberjocks! As the title says, I am pretty new to woodworking. I have a lot of questions about techniques, tools, and ideas for projects. It seems as one question gets answered another one peaks my interest. Right now I am interested in getting and learning how to use hand tools for joinery, planing, and the like. I don’t have a planer or really any good hand tools yet (I borrow my grandfather’s tools, but even his are limited in the hand tool department). My firs...
10 Steps to Getting Started in Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools #2: |Step 1| Understand & Buy the Right Hand Tools
1.1 Which Hand Tools Do You Need? After woodworking for several years, conducting “research”, and attending Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School, I’ve compiled three lists of hand tools: (1) urgent (what you need to get started), (2) semi-urgent (what you need to do more than just basic projects), and (3) non-urgent (improves convenience, tools for advanced projects, or items that are fun to have, but not vital). Used vintage hand tools are better in most cases (and less expensive), alth...
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...
For the many of you out there that are always on the hunt for great hand tool buys at a Flea Market this one is for you. I would say this is also for the beginner or curious onlookers that may want to start using hand tools but may feel overwhelmed by the catalog prices of some of the leading brands that are making outstanding top quality tools. I know for myself at times I have to take a deep breath after drooling over a Lie Nielson catalog and seeing a hand plane upwards of 200-300 plus ...
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