Chopping the mortise—Bevel edged or traditional mortise chisel I recently saw a Youtube video put together by Lie Nielsen where it shows a mortise being cut behind glass; the idea was to show the progression of the traditional method using a traditional ‘pig-sticker’ mortise chisel and I understand it was Roy Underhill who came up with the idea, which was wonderful. As a boy in school I was shown this method and indeed we were trained that w...
Ripping stock to size. I really don’t know why I was staying so far from the line. Not that it matters. Apparently my sawing has been getting better. I stayed away from the line to allow for wandering of the saw blade, but it tracked so straight that I think I can stick right next to the line next time. Jointing sawn edges. While I know that the shavings aren’t what is important, seeing the difference in the shavings of my jointer plane(on top), and my fore plane(on ...
Mortise chisel restoreVintage French bedanes This is the number two of two in the blog, so if you did not read the first blog then press here. So last time we stopped here where we finished the shaping of the handles. Tome for a good soak of linseed oil. Soaking.(That does look really interesting yes?). First three ready, next three waiting to go.Woodsman look what is there on the left… I went rough on the edge, to shape the metal too.(This was one of these pictures th...
Mortise chisel restoreVintage French bedanes I was lucky to get these old French mortise chisels at a fair price (app. 25 dollar for all including the convex spokeshave) on E-bay.Or I was lucky to get this junk metal on E-bay some might say… Others again might just call me stupid! This is what I decided to give new life. In France they call mortise chisels for Bedanes.The chisels are Klingenthal (Klingen=blades, thal= valley), was originally located in Alsace. The factory w...
This blog post is from my Cottage Workshop blog. to see my previous entries you can visit that site. I will try to upload to both sites in the future. I am about a quarter of the way into building a six drawer dresser for my youngest son, Ryan. I have decided to favor hand tools for most of the joinery for my own education as well as, hopefully, the education of anyone else interested in using hand tools. Enjoy! Moving onward, I come to yet another opportunity to connect with the Luddi...
I mentioned on my blog that I planned on going to the world's largest flea market in Canton, Texas. Well, I went a couple weeks ago, and was both overwhelmed and underwhelmed. The size of the flea market was staggering. But what was more surprising was the ridonculous amount of garbage that people were selling. From the standpoint of tools, I found that 80% of the tools were covered in rust, 10% were too ordinary to even bother looking at, 5% were grossly overpriced and 5% were worth consi...
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