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Exercises in Artisanship #21: Rustic Renaissance Trestle Table: Part 4

07-11-2012 11:26 PM by jjw5858 | 12 comments »

Hey friends, back here in the Old Time Wood Shop with some more exercises…..or,.... trouble to get into… This time it was setting up a top for my Rustic Renaissance Trestle Table. After some mock ups of various boards to view thickness, width, etc. I finally decided to just give a go at working up a top with a thick piece of laminated construction pine. This would be all new territory for me….never did a table, never laminated together boards to make a top. Might as...

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The saw that almost got thrown away

03-29-2012 10:31 PM by jjw5858 | 11 comments »

Well there I was walking down each outdoor lane of auction tables…not much on this day I was afraid. A few rusted junked brace and bits…ahhh…..gotta pass….got too many as it is…lol, another old beaten down plastic handle handplane…I can live without that…lol, finally in the corner of my eye..what is this??? Well…. the closer my focus the sad reality of two old disston saws..USA’s…not old as in collectable…but old as in ugly ...

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Around The Shop.. #2: 1200sqft Barn Shop Setup ..part 1

09-09-2016 01:54 AM by Airframer | 11 comments »

Well.. It has been a while since my last blog post and wanted to catch everyone up on what’s going on around the shop. In February I purchased a house just outside of town on 1.17 acres of land. The house needed (still does) a lot of work but it came with a 1200sqft pole barn with a loft! The loft is about half the size of the down stairs so it has roughly 1800sqft of usable space in it. This is a serious upgrade from the 2 car garage I had in my last rental and heaps better ...

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The old time woodshop journals #45: Old treasures, green mountains and great fortunes.

09-23-2013 07:23 PM by jjw5858 | 10 comments »

Hello friends, I have been meaning to share some tales of a wonderful trip I took at the end of August to upstate NY. Finally I have the chance to get this story and the pictures uploaded. I hope you may enjoy this blog and I thank you for taking a moment and reading….here we go!.......... The road was a winding ride through the beautiful tall green trees of upstate NY. The mountains were a backdrop of a totally peaceful environment showing strength and inviting calm. Around this are...

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The old time woodshop journals #11: Transitional inspiration and a revival for a galoots tool tote

07-02-2012 10:52 PM by jjw5858 | 10 comments »

It’s something about the color of the aged wood mixed with black iron that gives it a feel of a time far gone and yet of great interest to the modern day handtool enthusiast. I think simply put…my love of traditional handtools and their uses are because in todays high tech modern society it has no business being conducted at all…lol. I love that fact…it’s a dinosaur and caveman pastime…and the masses of hurried gadget grabbers and stressed out overachiev...

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Exercises in Artisanship #3: Making a saw handle PART 3

04-02-2012 09:26 PM by jjw5858 | 10 comments »

Hi once again friends hope this Monday has been treating you well. I thought it might be time to add my third installment of my latest blog and project “Making a saw handle” and I hope you have all enjoyed this mini-series as much as I have in building and posting the progress. As I have gone on with this build some mistakes were made. I expected greater miscues than I got keeping in mind this is only a first full out attempt at making, fitting and using a handsaw handle…...

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The old time woodshop journals #8: The Millers Falls, Stanley, and the 2 dollar saw

06-18-2012 11:04 PM by jjw5858 | 10 comments »

A wonderful day for a handplane… Ok, maybe more than one…they are like a favorite junkfood snack…one is never enough! I thought I would just mill around a bit in the old time woodshop….sometimes after a project I find it nice to take time and clean some past bought auction finds…..or clean up some messes here or there. Just more of my new approach to not rushing unmindfully straight on into the next idea. I find doing that confusing and a inn...

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• Eighteenth-Century Frame Saw #2: Handles

04-13-2018 06:59 PM by Ron Aylor | 10 comments »

Handles - Having cut out the first handle with a coping saw, I used files and rasps to further define the shape.                 I then transferred the shape to another cherry board and started all over again.  I think these two handles are pretty close …  ... especially when viewed at three feet apart … LOL!  Overall this saw will be approximately 40” long and 20” wide. Next I need to cut the 3/4” x 1” side rails, and joint them, via through mortise and tenon, to the handles before tac...

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In which I score a new old tool.

08-01-2010 07:02 PM by AnnaEA | 9 comments »

My husband spotted this in the cabinet at the Habitat Restore, and pointed it out to me. I’m glad he saw it – I normally never look in the cabinet, because it’s all jewelry stuff in there. It’s a Miller's Falls brace, and a bunch of bits. The brace is in excellent condition, and works perfectly. I cleaned the old grease out of the chuck, and gave it a wipe of WD-40. The mark on the chuck reads “Millers Falls Co / Millers Falls, Mass. U.S.AR...

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Exercises in Artisanship #20: Rustic Renaissance Trestle Table: Part 3

06-29-2012 08:20 PM by jjw5858 | 9 comments »

Shavings, sawdust, chisels scattered about…and the joyful noise of the mallet sending the message from hands to tenon to mortice….this round of the build contained much learning and honest work. Looking back through these last 2 blogs…..I feel encouraged and seeing my skills grow, sure there are some mistakes but I really see the value my time has bought me with my with study and self challenge. I would say in review of the last two years playing with all of this woodshop...

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