Well, the last time I saw fit to do the blog thing (you can tell I’m not a big blogger…just check back) was because I decided to see which was tougher, my thumb or my table saw blade. Now, granted, it’s only an old 10ER shopsmith, but it was still tougher than my thumb. In fact, it wasn’t even a fair fight.Now I’m back, a mere 119 days later to blog my little buns off.It seems that the only time I have anything to say, it’s when I hurt myself. Oh well, man...
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 have been in desperate need of a better way to hold my saws for sharpening. My old setup( two sticks of wood ~26 inches long which I would clamp onto saw plate and my vise) was simply not cutting it (sawing pun intended). I thought about purchasing vintage, but everyone always complained of bad vibrations, they are overpriced at antique shops, and I didn’t want to reposition my saw 4 times for full sized handsaws. I really liked Andy’s (Brit) design. It was economical, sturdy...
I needed new files to sharpen my saws and made these handles to fit. All files are by Nicholson. Two are tapered octagonal rosewood with brass ferrel turned from a brass heating nut.The other is turned from an Iroku door frame found in a builders skip (dumpster) The Six inch saw is 5/16 inch across the flats. The Seven inch saw (round handle) is 1/2 inch across the flats. The Eight inch saw (round handle) is 9/16 inch across the flats
I am on my way to IWF, You know the Disneyland for woodworkers, and I need some help. I have two objectives this year. One to have a better finish and two replace my radial arm saw. I think I know what I going to do with the spray gun. I am replacing my airless with an air-assisted airless. Any comments on that would be helpful, but I am really concerned on my cross cuts. I don’t use the radial arm saw much anymore. It is an old craftsman. Will not stay square and wobbles to...
Years ago when I just needed a cheap table saw for misc household projects, I bought a Ryobi BT3100 at Home Depot. At that time, it was cheap and was one of the nicer ones for the money. Now, years later, as I am getting back into woodworking, I need a good saw that will handle jigs and such. I know this is a divided topic – some LOVE it, some HATE. I own one and I’m still on the fence. It only had a miter slot on one side, doesn’t have a nice flat cast-iron bed and ...
I finally got the time today to work on the ornament design. An hour or so of scanning, printing, cutting and pasting got me to a design that looked promising. There are a few layout lines showing in this, the black lines are the pattern lines. The next step was to cut out a prototype and see how it worked. So it was off to the scroll saw. Just for kicks here’s a picture of my scroll saw. Once I found a piece of stock 1/8” thick walnut, I needed to attach the pattern to ...
My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1127: Finishing up Writing and a Great Woodworking Project
Good morning to you all! I am still finishing up the writing on my new patterns, but I am making headway and should be finished soon. I did want to share a great blog with you though that may interest you all. It it from my friend Jim Barry from Woodworkers Workshop . Jim always has great innovative ideas for using scroll saw and woodworking plans in unique ways. His blogs are full of great ideas and many of them include instructional videos so you can see just what he is up to. ...
Shown in the video: This 13 minute video details the assembly of WOOD Magazine’s Universal Tablesaw Jig. The hardware kit shown in the video is from Schlabaugh & Sons, but you could easily make one yourself. The laser engraved table is nice, but you could reproduce that too. This woodworking video shows how to construct the kit and explains the basics of the how the Universal Tablesaw Jig operates. The laser engraved table accurately sets angles for miter cuts on the t...
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...
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