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. ...
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...
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...
Well I just researched via “tags” the book forums and there are a few on LJ’s…but they are mostly regarding skills books—-which makes sense for wood workers… But recently I have been dreaming of building a boat…on a 5 year plan (if you look at my projects you will see I am not ready lol)...and so I have been getting lots of books at my local library…on boat building and other titles too… But one of the books that I picked up is not a...
My recent lumberjock postings of the walking cane work I have done recently has brought a lot of interest from folks wanting me to build them special, unique, elaborately detailed, walking canes and sticks. This new blog communicates the design process on one cane as I prepare to start the carving, and get approvals on the final design. The customer is a Youth Pastor, and needs to use a tall walking cane to support a bad knee. He and I have been designing this project for several weeks...
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!
As times tighten, it seems like it’s a good idea to buy value. Durable, well-made products were what the United States was built on. Support our own, but insist on quality, durability, and repairability. Shameless plug…give Rhumbline Furniture a try, you won’t be disappointed….sorry, had to do it, we are pretty proud of our accomplishments.
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...
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...
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