Now that Obama has been inaugurated, I figure it’s safe to say that we might have a new president. I’ve perceived that he’s rather controversial despite the fact that I’ve tried really hard to ignore current events these last few months. I think I’m to where I care a lot more about a thin, wispy shaving coming off of a well-tuned vintage Stanley plane than what people are predicting about the future of our country. My country, dagnabit, sweet land of liberty! So far, I still have the libe...
This is again a mirror of my Website blog, www.thewoodshepherd.wordpress.com, which I wanted to share with my Lumberjocks friends… One of the glorious things about being a woodworker today is our ability to be served by the Internet. Through this amazing channel of funneled electrons, we can blog and Twitter and post websites full of our projects and join together with others in songs of praise over the latest Veritas or Lie-Nielsen acquisition, or remind one another to be wary of t...
I mentioned in the comments section of my shop tour that I use just a handful of my plane collection. These old Millers Falls planes are excellent workers: I keep the low angle block plane handy and use it often to shave just a little bit where I need it. The 9" Smooth plane is the next most often used. The 10" Smooth Plane (like a Stanley 4 1/2") and the 14" Jack less often. This large panel gauge or board gauge with a brass thumb screw was one of my first ol...
I can’t seem to master embedding the pictures in the blog so I guess we’ll stay with the link. 1. Four Wooden Molding Planes – The far left is a center bead plane and the remaining are three different sizes of side bead planes. 2. I’m not a purist, but I do like to do something by hand in every project. It may only be one mortise and tenon of several, but perhaps one. Here’s a close up pciture of a side bead detail I put on the face frame of an ash ...
1. A pair of neat bar clamps I found some time ago. I had not seen clamps like this before and haven’t since. Neat and unique cam action clamping. They work great! 2. Two slicks marked with my grandfather’s intitials – HG – my father married later in life and I never met my father’s father. It’s special to me to be the caretakers of these and other tools marked with his initials. 3. I used to have a collection of these rubber “unbreakabl...
The first installment of my favorite tools includes; a 36” Stratton Brothers Rosewood & Brass Bound Levela 12” Stanley Rosewood & Brass Bound Levela couple of Rosewood and Brass Mortise Gaugestwo different Stanley marking gauguesand a unique Dunlop marking gauge Favorites #1 I picked up all the gauges off e-bay and flea market tables. I use them all regularly. I just love the quality, beauty and heft of the two levels. I bought the 36” level over twent...
I’ve mentioned that I have collected old tools. Others have alluded to old tool collections as well and we’ve caught of glimpse of some old tools in the plane tuning blog. But I have kind of gone inactive in the past three or four years. I can trace my inactivity back to when I seriously downsized my collection in order to pay for a week-long woodworking class. I got started picking up a wooden plane, rosewood level or a set of socket chisels here and there in my teens as ...
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