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 ...
When we left off on the last blog, we were scrub planing to rough thickness. I was a little ahead of Kristin on the project without any pictures, so many of these are pics of her working the steps. We each made a box. I have more pics of her working and my finished box. S4S the Hard Way Flatten one side. We roughed it out with the scrub plane and finished with our No. 7. The longer plane really makes a difference in getting the stock flat. Then we used a marking gauge to scribe the thickn...
The pieces are cut flat and square now it’s time to start putting them together. The primary joint for this project is the mortise and tenon, the oldest joint around (and still one of the best). I like to cut my mortises first so let’s start with chisels. There are only three chisels that you need for this project, first and foremost a 1/4 in mortising chisel. Mine is a Lie Nielsen but Ray Iles makes a fine tool as well, you can cut a mortise with a cheap chisel (I did for ...
Hello everybody. I’ve got a 4 part series on how to make a hand carved box using mostly hand tool. Not much more to say other that, enjoy the show.Oh yeah, Safety Dan says “hi”.
I was poking around Craig’s List when a garage sale caught my eye. The pictures were a woodworker’s dream. They featured lots, and I mean LOTS of hand tools. So I finished up my work and headed over there late Friday afternoon. All the better to root out the best pickings. The people running the sale were friendly and the place was loaded with tools as advertised. Apparently the gentleman’s father had recently passed away after a long career as a carpenter. I started m...
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 ...
In the last shop update, I briefly mentioned a grooving plane that did not work so well. The idea was to have a tool that could quickly make the grooves in the bottom of draw and box stock to accept the drawer/box bottom. The new design really rocks, so much that I made three sizes (widths): 1/8”, 3/16”, 1/4”. Although these are intended for making the grooves on drawer and box sides, I have been discovering more uses for the flexible design of these planes: Shop Jou...
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...
Lately I’ve really been getting into hand tools. I asked for a few Japanese chisels for Christmas (one each from a few different people in the family.) I ended up with a set of four from Woodcraft. I decided that this collection was worthy of family heirloom status so I had them laser engraved and built a box to keep them in. I have always had a fascination with Japanese culture, art and woodworking. Lately I have been reading Japanese Woodworking Tools, Their Tradition, Spir...
10 years or more ago, I bought a bunch of Bessey clamps on sale at Rockler Woodworking. In the years that followed, I subscribed to Woodworker’s Journal for a few years, Woodsmith for a few years. Bought (and sold) the Woodsmith Time-Life book collection. But I never really built anything, at least not anything I’d wanted to build. I’ve always lacked many of the tools and shop space and working on anything was a frustrating, compromised experience. Well now I’m marr...
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