Since retiring and moving into my new woodworking shop, I’ve been going through my tools and bringing them up to good condition. For many years they were used hard, but because of my busy schedule, their maintenance was too often neglected. I have a number of treasured hand tools that were passed down to me from my dad and granddad. When I was a young man without money to buy tools, these were my using tools. As I became older and my means increased a little, these old tools mostly lay idle i...
EXPOSE PROGRESS IN SURFACE AGING AND CABINET WOODFINISH WHICH, IN MY MEMORY, WE HAD IN OUR HOUSE IN RUSSIA IN GERMAN VOLGA REGION. THIS IS OUR MEMORIES OF GREAT-GRANDFATHER AND HIS VARIABLE COMFORTABLE FURNITURE HANDMADE BY HIMSELF IN HIS OWN FREE TIME. WOODFINISH—IS AN OLD FAMILY RECIPE, BASED ON THE NATURAL WAX, WITH NATURAL PIANTS AND MINERAL PIGMENTS. WOODFINISH IS PREPARING IN SEVERAL STEPS, WHAT YOU CAN SEE ON THE PHOTOS. ITS PREPARATION TECHNOLOGY VERY TIME-CONSUMING AND DIFFICUL...
Hi Lumberjocks! This is the High school that I got my first formal training in woodworking. This video shows the most popular features of the school. It’s too bad it doesn’t show the fabulous woodworking shops. They had every tool plus industrial sized machines. It didn’t only have woodworking, but Machine shop, Welding, blacksmith, sheet metal, electricity, foundry, Drafting, & Aeronautics. That’s about all I can think of now. I just thought of s...
2012 is a big year for Britain. Not only are we hosting the Olympics, but we’re also celebrating the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. It’s Her Majesty’s diamond jubilee. Even my wife is organizing a street party for around 200 residents and I’ve been roped into building all kinds of weird and wonderful things for the day. Yes folks, marquees will be erected, brass bands will strike up, flags will be waved and I’m sure we’ll all feel very patriotic by the end o...
After spending quite a bit of time researching the history of my W. Tyzack, Sons & Turner saws, I was looking forward to finding out about this Disston backsaw from across the pond. After all, we have the wonderfully detailed Disstonian Institute web site at our disposal. Yep, finding out about this backsaw was going to be easy, or so I thought. When I started my research, I obviously knew it was a Disston backsaw, but I had no idea what model. This is how the saw looked when it came i...
THE FINALE Repairing the Lamb’s TongueSo in my last post I’d fixed the large chip below the bottom saw nut. Now it was time to fix the chip on the lambs tongue. I started by paring the chipped surface flat with a chisel, then I ripped a section from an off-cut of beech dowel. Before gluing it onto the handle, I slid a hotel card key into the kerf where the saw plate goes. This served two purposes. Firstly, it ensured that I didn’t get excess squeeze out in the kerf whic...
This saw plate is remarkably well preserved for its age, but it could benefit from a clean. I gathered the stuff I thought I might need, but all I used was the 3-IN-ONE degreaser foam, the Hammerite Rust Removal Gel, the green scouring pad, kitchen roll, and wet and dry paper (more than you see in the picture below). I start by spraying the plate with the degreaser. I have found that the rust remover works better on the first application if the surface has been degreased first. ...
I was amazed to see this today.. It’s hard to believe that just about everything is made out of oak, including the press screw!—and its still the original one! I keep coming across amazing things like this. A blog post can contain items that serve as inspiration, so I think this fits.
If you liked Roman Woodworking by Roger Ulrich, you’ll be interested in a new TV series called 'Rome Wasn't Built in a Day.' The idea is that modern craftsman build a Roman villa using all materials and methods of the Romans. Obviously, we’ll get to see Roman woodworking (see especially episode 3)!! Here is a link to view the programme online. Enjoy!
I was digging through a box of woodworking magazines and books that I had stashed away for the past ten years and came across a copy of Harry J Hobbs 1935 booklet “Working With Tools.” This is a 90 page guide to building things with hand tools. To buy all of the hand tools on the list of tools he suggests for a small shop and additional tools it would have cost you $33.75. Since the average yearly wage at that time was $1,600 a year, to set up a complete shop of hand tools it would cost ...
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