.I was checking out vintage tools on E Bay the other day when I came across this rosewood marking gauge.. . It was obviously handmade and had a brass name plate on it: ”Handcrafted by John Walcott, Benbrook Texas” . The tool had six days to go before the final auction so I put it on the watch list. There was something about this tool that got my attention. It didn’t have fancy brass inlays or parts made from ebony. There were no engravings or elaborate scro...
Mike & Mads cutting gauge (blog)A gift to a wonderful friend. This is the second part, so for you who step in here, please go back to the beginning: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/21939 So off we go – part to!Are you ready Mike? Here is the updated sketch book drawing, so you remember where we were, and where we are going (it’s not always possible for me to do just that). Figuring out where the rod for the knurled bolt shall be.I choose a little up front, since...
Mike & Mads cutting gauge (blog)A gift to a wonderful friend. Before I start the blog I want to share with you why this blog ever came to life and the gauges were made. The truth is I did not need another gauge, I have several, and I just recently finished a panel gauge also. Here on LJ I have meet many wonderful persons, and some I consider personal friends even I never had the joy of meeting them life. Each person for his or her qualities, and for a consistent dialog. One of...
With the confidence gained recently with the use of properly sharped chisels, I decided to make hand tools the center of my next tool splurge. True to my word, with the great customer service provided by Highland Woodworking, I placed another order and received the following - The spokeshaves were an impulse purchase at Harbor Freight. Both for 12 bucks and I haven’t seen spokeshaves at any local stores. I picked up a Crown dovetail gent’s saw (good reviews on fine wood...
The second episode of our new hand tool woodworking show is all about one of the most essential tools for the old-timey woodworker: The marking gauge! In fact Stumpy applies his woodworking wit and wisdom to three types of gauges, building a marking gauge, a mortise gauge, and a cutting gauge; all three with just a few hardwood scraps and a little bench time. At the end you’ll have a deeper understanding of this critical tool, not to mention three of them to call your own! The Ol...
Mike & Mads cutting gauge the box (blog)A gift to a wonderful friend. THE BOX: This is the last part of the series, so for you who step in here, please go back to the beginning: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/21939 The box could have been a blog of its own, but I think it belong here, since it was made for Mike? So after making Mike this cutting gauge, I thought it looked unfinished without a custom made box. I took some pallet wood that I had left from my bucket pro...
First of all, my workbench build is far beyond the point that I’m going to share, I just have bunch of pics and I decided to throw them on the blog. There’s nothing special here, but some little documentary to remember. So… For M&T job I made couple of marking gauges out of pine. I know pine is not the best choice for this, I just wanted to practice a little before making marking gauge of my dream. I put pins just where I needed and then just re-inserted...
Many of you probably cut dovetails with power tools & jigs —and so do I. But for some projects, I really prefer cutting them by hand and I never tire of learning how to do it better. That’s what took me on one of my recent video “treks” (journeys), where I filmed the segment I’ve posted here — this time to the shop of master cabinetmaker Craig Vandall Stevens. In this two-part series, Craig (who studied under James Krenov) uses only a saw, chisel, and several sh...
Mike & Mads cutting gauge manual (blog)A gift to a wonderful friend. MANUAL: This is the third part, so for you who step in here, please go back to the beginning: http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/21939 I don’t know if it is really needed, but thought it was fine? The gauge with the round side of the gauge head facing a curved or circular shape, in this way it can follow any shape. Like this. The cutting gauge with the flat side of the gauge head against a st...
This does not qualify as woodworking, so I’ve placed it here. I don’t have a lot of use for a marking gauge, so I didn’t want to splurge on a manufactured one. I decided to try making a small marking gauge that would have brass elements. I like the look of brass and I’m a cheapskate to boot. I found a plumbing fitting which I felt would work. It was a 3/4 in. x 1/2 in. male adapter MPT x barb. I cut the theads off the 3/4 end with a hack saw and then ground off the re...
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