When I sat down to write this blog, my PC was asleep. I pressed a key and it immediately sprang into life so that I could begin typing. I tend to write my blogs in MS Word before pasting them into LJs and as I type, I receive feedback on my grammar and spelling and change my text accordingly. Hand tools are no different to MS Word really. Lying on a bench or hanging in a tool cabinet, they are nothing more than inanimate objects. Pick them up and use them for their intended purpose and they p...
I decided to turn the shop inside out recently moving some things about and bringing out my shavehorse with a maple branch in hand. I have been yearning to get back on this horse needing to get some draw knife work in and let the shaves cover me with a wisdom that only nature hides inside itself. Handtool woodworking has some mysterious outlet of stress and satisfaction I gather only us newave hobbiest’s need to feed our efforts of taming its addicting applications. The drawing of th...
Have you ever thought about why some saw makers add negative rake to the teeth of their rip saws? I have, but when I was drawing a 12 TPI template in Sketchup to re-tooth my Disston No.5 carcass saw, I realized that adding a touch of rake actually increases the volume of space between the teeth. If you look at a section through a saw file, you’ll see that you have an equilateral triangle (ignoring the rounded corners that define the gullets) and we know that the three angles of a triangle ...
Greetings to all once again; I am attaching photos of the clamp for my new Biesmeyer style fence that is under construction. It came out fairly well.The circular pads are adjustable by carriage bolts threaded in to t-nuts to correct any undesired angularity. The ¾” dowel is a plunger that the cam pushes to lock the fence in place. The two piece pad that the dowel pushes will have an elastomer sandwiched between the pieces to provide a spring action so the cam can over clamp it...
This past weekend I’m still dealing with some home repairs that need to be done before it gets to cold. We had a very old deck replaced with a smaller one and in the process I took down some smaller trees to better adjust the fence to it’s size. All went well but sadly its take my time away from working on this project. Last we left off I had the parts sized and and ready to drill the compound angles. I was lucky enough to find some larger Irwing auger bits, I was looking for 1...
Thought you guys might enjoy this short video, especially Greg at Oregonburls. http://s900.photobucket.com/albums/ac202/dstruhar/Chainsaw/
My recent www.wwoodshopcowboy.com post on teaching students to saw has been picked up for wider distribution…twice. Wordpress.com made it one of their “freshly pressed” posts, but I’m most happy with Makezine.com making a little dough on it…I made the post to be part of their Woodworking Skill Set – and they put it out there. Thanks for the lumberjocks that helped me out with the post here – Your input helps keep my kids safe. —WW
How To: Teach Sawing to a Young Student off “the other blog”....http://woodshopcowboy.com/ I have a perfect record in the woodshop. No fatalities. I have had two injuries though this year (I average about one a quarter or semester). Both happened due to good sawing habits gone bad. This picture shows my basic hand-saw set up when I teach how-to cut a board to size. I’m right-handed and for south-pawed students, I mirror the set up.I would saw about an inch from the edg...
I’m finally back to producing these videos. I have been sitting on these clips for about a month now and was finally able to edit this together. Time to work on the period details of the table and we start to see it take shape. Enjoy the show!
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