Hello to all lumberjocks! As the title says, I am pretty new to woodworking. I have a lot of questions about techniques, tools, and ideas for projects. It seems as one question gets answered another one peaks my interest. Right now I am interested in getting and learning how to use hand tools for joinery, planing, and the like. I don’t have a planer or really any good hand tools yet (I borrow my grandfather’s tools, but even his are limited in the hand tool department). My firs...
My wife and I just returned from a trip to “Amish Country” in Holmes County, Ohio. We spent a day and a half eating, shopping for quilt material and visiting many craft stores. My wife was happy doing all this but I was very happy when we entered Keim Lumber in Charm, Ohio. This place is the greatest and it is much more than a lumber yard. They had the best exotic lumber that I have ever seen and it was all in great shape. Here is a photo of part of their lumber display. ...
I felt like I was getting buried in cut-offs and bit and pieces of sheet goods, then I saw a video by Steve Ramsey (woodworking for mere mortals) on his lumber cart. Bingo, here was the solution I was looking for. A couple of days later i had it about full. He didn’t tell you on the video hat it takes two men and a boy to move it before the casters are on it, ugh!
Cut down a 50’ ponderosa pine in the spring, today was the day my #2 son helped me load up the 9’ trunk for a short trip to a nearby buddy with a Wood-Mizer. 1” boards for the whole thing. 90bf, cost me a thirty pack of beer… Oh, and he had this pile of cherry… 330bf… headed for Houston TX. Beautiful! ===== ===== ====== ===== ===== ===== ===== ==== I brought my modest pile of pine back to the shop, where it’s now...
I’m going to use this blog post for my wood species wish list for some recommended types especially useful for making scale furniture. I find that I source information on the internet and promptly forget it once I come across an opportunity to use it…)Anyone who knows a great source for any of these can feel free to chime in with a link or connection to any of these materials. I’m going to post them one by one as I source, use and then evaluate my scale experience with the...
Don’t waste your money buying a marking gauge. Make your own gauge and use up some of those scraps in the shop. Please subscribe to my channel and share my videos. Click here to view video (videos still aren’t embedding).
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Aimed at those new to saw sharpening, this instructional video is 2 1/4 hours long and covers the theory, the tools and the practice of sharpening western saws. You get to look over my shoulder as I sharpen four saws – two backsaws and two hand saws. I’ll explain the saw sharpening process and how you apply it to different scenarios. I really hope you find it useful. As to the production quality, I’ve done the best I could. I had to record it outside, so there is a bi...
Last fall, my wife saw a post on Freecycle about an ash tree that had been taken down in a neighboring town. No pictures but they said it was pretty big. I jumped on it, and was lucky enough to be the first one to respond. We drove there and WOW, hit the motherload! Two large log sections, over 2 feet in diameter, one 15 feet long, one 8 feet long, both perfectly straight with almost no branches or knots and no rot. I’d been eyeing a small sawmill that’s only a mile from my hou...
I rarely have a large amount of sheet goods, and when I do it tends to sit around for a limited time. Given that I really don’t want to waste space in my very small shop, so I’ve decided that my wood storage cart should have slide-out base. This is a little difficult to describe clearly so, here’s the picture of the result both closed: and opened: This allows me to squeeze this down to just under 24” with only a couple of sheets stored. It can be pulled out an ex...
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