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...
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 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...
I just picked one of these up at a garage sale for $2 not knowing what it was. (and got a lot of other great buys too!)It says C.S. OSBORNE & co. NEWARK, N.J. From what I’ve read it is indeed a leather cutter, aka draw gauge (http://www.csosborne.com/no51.5.htm). Mine has black japaning on the handle and the blade says C.S. OSBORNE & CO HARRISON N.J. The blade must have been a replacement. On the opposite side of the measurements is it stamped MADE IN U.S.A., it’s stamp...
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...
A new post at the Red Dirt Wood Shop. I cover my short but diverse history with marking gauges. Includes links for step by step to build you own.
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...
.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...
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...
Beech trees grow abundantly throughout the temperate zones of Europe, Asia and North America. The wood is of very even denseness throughout the grain because of its relatively small pores evenly distributed through both the early and late growth of each growth cycle (annual ring). My first mallet was made from beech and most mallets for three hundred years would have come from the beech tree. Though that is the case, and beech is a hard wood, I find beech just a little too soft for making...
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