So, I have decided to build a saw bench in the style of Stumpy Nubs design (more or less). This is in part a learning exercise, and in part because sawing things on the workbench isn’t the most comfortable way to do it. There have been some challenges along the way, but I’ve nearly got the mortises and tenons for the legs all cut and fitted, which leaves only the draw-boring and the dovetails for the top, give or take a couple holes for holdfasts. I started by cutting out the t...
As I mentioned earlier, the main focus of this build is based on limited space. I like the idea of a multi-function tool. After watching the videos mentioned in the first post of this blog, I knew a mini-bench would be perfect. I also decided that the lower half should also serve a purpose as well, hence the toolbox. Here is a look at the first few drawings I did. I have to say, Sketch Up has made this project much easier. Once I had a basic form to my liking, I started adding in the de...
Why buy it when you can build it? That’s my motto. Every woodworker is going to need clamps. I knew I would need some for my bench… especially when gluing up the top. Speed clamps and pipe clamps are great if you can afford them, but everywhere I read I see you can’t have too many clamps… Well until Angelina Jolie decides to adopt me too, I’m going to have to do it another way. I found an article in an old Popular Mechanics magazine showing how to build ...
Now that I am finally settled in to our new home near Fort Hood, Texas, the wife has allotted me a small portion of the garage to be used as my workshop. Thanks to my latest birth/anniversary day, I have also added several new tools to help the beginning process. The table saw will still have to wait. Instead I have a new circular saw, a router, orbital sander, and a few other gizmos to accessorize. Anyway, the first project I intend to get started on will be making a few clamps to assist ...
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 decided to make something that was for myself, this plan is from popular woodworkingthe material is Douglas fir recycled from packaging used to ship some pvc trim material, it was a 2×6 12 feet long mostly knot free with a little damage from a forklift when i saw this i knew i had to make something out of it
So I’ve been working quite a bit on saw sharpening skills and for the most part its been going well. I’d say I’m learning with each saw I work on and getting better file angle control. That said some of the nicest saws I have also have some handles in need of love. I recently took a second class with Matt of the saw blog on saw restoration and let’s face it were all wood workers so its back to basics. Disston and son”s” No 7 Its important to note m...
With the Holidays in full swing I haven’t had the time to work out in the shop as much as I’d like but did get the benches finished. Then it took me another two weeks to get it posted. ;-) Last I left off the legs and were ready to be shaped after I cut them on a tapering jig on the table saw. To do this I used a spoke shaver I had built years ago for making greenland style kayaking paddles. Its great with long pieces but troublesome with shorter things like the legs. Next I used a tric...
One of the skills I’ve been working on as time permits is saw sharpening. Like so many of use I buy used tools and enjoy bringing them back to life and using them. For the most part that’s not a big issue until I started getting interested in sharpening saws. I found I was getting the “idea” correct but still had some gaps in the process. Enter Matt Cianci who professionally sharpens saws and writes a saw blog. This winter he’s found time and is offering a few saw related class (I think in...
I’m really excited to finally have this saw bench complete! Everything came together real well if I don’t say so myself. If you are interested on how I cheated, you’ve gotta read to find out!
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