I wanted a chair for my daughter’s cubby house and was looking to buy something 2nd hand. I came across a chunky pine post in my back shed and inspiration struck. I decided I could make a chest that could provide some storage for toys and double as a bench seat – I also wanted to get my head around this mortise and tenon business. I marked everything out and cut all of my tenons then cleaned them up with chisels. All hand tools so far, by necessity. I marked each ...
... with a little luck….with a little luck…..and some help from my sister, handtools ..... I have over the year always talked about how great and fantastic possibillity it is for you to have acces to fleamarkets and other places where it is possible to buy good used beautyfull handtoolsmore or less rusty but with a little albowe grease and knowledge is going to bee great users again I have envy you alot when I have seen your toolgloats witch has cost mee many green bulbs and...
Hallo dear L Js here we are again you to look at it and me to be the part thats bragging …well I´m just happy if it can bring a little smile :-) I have over the year always talked about how great and fantastic possibillityit is for you to have acces to fleamarkets and other places where it is possible to buy good used beautyfull handtoolsmore or less rusty but with a little albowe grease and knowledge is going to bee great users again I have envy you alot when I have seen your too...
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...
This weekend, June 25 and 26, Lie-Nielsen is having their final hand tool event for the season at the shop of the legendary Frank Klausz. I’ll be there demonstrating some carving techniques and I’m wondering if any of my fellow Lumberjocks will be there as well? Here's a link to LN’s webpage about the event. I hope to see lots of LJ’s there.
Introduction to Sharpening of Chinese tools One 15th century contractor complained that his craftsmen spent about half of their time sharpening their tools. Considering the fact that Chinese woodworkers had a preference for gnarly old wood, the harder the better, this does not come as a surprise. History of Chinese Sharpening Tools Little has been written about Chinese tools, but almost nothing has been written about Chinese sharpening stones. In his book China at Work, Hommel mention...
Chinese ToolboxesSay you are a Chinese woodworker and, during your seven years of apprenticeship you have made a full set of tools. Because much of your work will be on site, you will have to find yourself a toolbox to carry your tools around. Introduction to Chinese ToolboxesOn first sight toolboxes are simply boxes to hold and transport tools. Upon further inspection one quickly realizes that toolboxes are fairly complicated tools that must meet many often conflicting requirements. On on...
I am dedicating this installment to GaryK’s comment from a previous entry. Gary this picture is for you: In addition to these three bags of shavings, there were a several more that either were added to the compost or made spectacular fireplace starter on some recent colder rainy nights. The three planes pictured below were my workhorses, the scrub in the top most position, no. 5 in the middle, and smooth at the bottom. In the course of all this planing, I am finding the ergo...
I think the blog series will be in order from here forward. I haven’t had a lot of time to allocate to the workbench project lately, but was able to get the additional plane blades and sharpen and hone them. Much more pleasant to have a couple extras at hand and take nice shavings. It is such a great feeling to have a plane well tuned and work a piece of wood. visible above is a shot of the planing beam as I finished up one side. I have a combination square resting on it and got ...
This is actually Part II of the series, Part I is in part II of the series and Part II is here, hopefully Part III and thereafter will appear in the correct sequence. One evening after work last week I was finally able to carve out a little time for the NFWB project. I am waiting for a drill press on back order so in the meantime I thought I would start squaring up some of the stock I had previously cut for pieces of the bench. In this photo on the left side of the saw horses is what...
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