Last year I had the opportunity to drive from Missouri to California to visit my 92 year old Grandmother. It’s always great to see her and visit the house that she and my Grandfather lived in my whole life. About 15 years ago my Grandfather passed away, and left behind a collection of unique tools in his garage that he had amassed over his lifetime. It was on this visit, last year, that I found an old saw hanging in a locker in the garage. I had no knowledge of hand saws at the time, bu...
Most of my projects trend towards the smaller side. Boxes and such. So using a full-sized saw (26” or so) to cut out their parts is overkill. Add to that the incongruous fit between my shorter arm reach and long handsaw tooth lines. I stand at five-foot six inches and my saw bench is customized to accommodate my stature. That means it’s shorter. So that when I use a full-sized handsaw, I smash the tip into the ground from time to time. I’d rather not do that to a 100 year old saw. Enter th...
I was about to close my shop, I was disappointed in many things, sold my pickup, but I want to get up and improve my shop and keep doing what I love. Now I have some orders, and I was tired of cutting the panels loading them on my cutting table, so I decided to make a panel saw. Still not finished, but I hope to finish the day tomorrow. Version en Español Estuve a punto de cerrar mi taller, estaba decepcionado de muchas cosas, vendi mi pickup, pero quiero levantarme y mejorar mi taller ...
I haven’t got a very large workshop, or bench. I enjoy using hand tools, and often make small rip cuts at my bench in the leg vise. I’ve wanted a small panel saw, in the 16-18” range, for a little while now. I made the decision to try making my own, and a couple of weeks ago I ordered a saw plate and hardware from Two Guys In A Garage Toolworks (www.tgiag.com). I ordered the 6-1/2” x 18” x 0.032” thk small panel/half back saw plate. My blank saw plat...
One of the things my sister really needed was a new pantry. Correction, she needed a pantry period. All she had was a coat closet and a small cupboard. I initially had no intention of blogging about my work at her house. She was and is going through so much that I just put my head down and pushed through it to help her as I could. But as I continued to work, and time moved on and the sting lessoned I considered it. I ended up thinking sharing what I was doing might be good to show that I am u...
Stumpy gives a lesson in hand saws while he builds one of the most useful fixtures of the hand tool shop- the traditional sawbench (at least his own tricked out version of it). He teaches you about backsaws from dovetail to carcass to sash to tenon; crosscut and rip, tooth counts and more. Then puts it all to work cutting dovetails and draw boring tenons on a sawbench with more uses than… well, you’ll have to watch and see… The Old Timey Workshop is a monthly podcast prod...
I’m an IT guy, so I’m very familiar with the concept of open source software, and I love the idea. So, here’s my contribution to the relatively new open source “hardware” movement. I’ve always been interested in woodworking to some extent, so was my father, and so was my grandfather, and up until recently it was my grandfather who had the most extensive home shop, and in his day, was probably the most avid woodworker among us (for the record, neither my...
I made a bunch of these flip stops for my panel saw. I used 1/4” x 1/2” aluminum bar stock offcuts I bought on ebay from a surplus dealer for very cheap. The brass 1/4-20 thumb nuts were bought from an ebay seller as well. I bought some t-bolts from Woodline USA (like toilet bolts) but these brass thumb nuts don’t fit them (regular 1/4-20 nuts do), so I used regular 1/4-20 hex head bolts and they work well, though perhaps sliding in the t-track a little less smoothly. ...
I’ve been boo-hooing table saws for awhile now as a means of breaking up sheet goods due to the huge amount of floor space an accurate setup requires. Can you do it in a 2 car garage? sure, but you sacrifice a lot of footage and flexibility to the gods of full-sheet capacity. People here ask about making panel saws here and there and I’ve mentioned my Striebig-inspired saw design, really just a giant jig for a circular saw. Let me put my money where my mouth is and show the...
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