https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dWPqRKq0RgHere is my method of making half blind dovetails, I have found this to be the easiest way for me and I wanted to share with everyone to help inspire them to get out into their shops and do what they love
In April, I published a book based on the classes I teach at Woodcraft on using and restoring handplanes. The book is entitled Choosing and Using Handplanes: All You Need to Know to Get Started Planing by Hand. It’s a good resource for beginning handplane users but it also has tables and reference information more experienced users will find helpful. The book, which runs to 90 pages and has nearly 100 color illustrations, covers the following topics: - The types of handplanes, th...
Sharpening on the gosmall tin of what you need. I like to bring this small tin when I leave the workshop with sharp tools.More precise when I bring carving tools and a knifes on the go.It just joined me for a travel in Turkey and will again this summer. Yeps nothing fancy, just a a small mint tin. Here next to a Turkish pocket knife. Now open, you will be surprised how much a small tin can hold.What you see here are a flat and a round leather strap for honing. Finger protector (in...
Come out of the Virtual World and join us…! We are a MeetUp Group… just getting started (Mid-February 2016)... up over 150 woodworkers so far and adding about 50 people per month… but that will pick up. We have not even started with Social Media. We will be meeting various places in NE Ohio… at members’ shops… trade shows… classrooms… and social events. We recently had our first Member Shop Tool and Technique Demo… a Hand Tool Sharpening...
It was suggested in the comments on my first blog 2 years ago that I seek a more hand tool direction because of almost non-existent space to work. I AM a hybrid woodworker and love handtools, but have found that it is actually more and not less expensive to be completely hand tool oriented, primarily because larger projects using rough lumber are so labor and mainly space intensive as to be impractical when you are essentially forced to do most of your work outside in nice weather. What do yo...
In this you-tube Video https://youtu.be/noTv8vTeENM, I explore the question, “How to sharpen a new chisel? I understand that there are many different strategies for this task but as a novice creating this video allowed me to focus on the keys points. The process that is demonstrated is broken down into three phases. First: An Oil Stone is used and can be found for about twenty dollars on Amazon as “Stanley 16-050 Sharpening System.” The stone itself must first be flattened and to do t...
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8TZf3psYDM In this video I show you how I built this very simple sharpening station while trying out a few new methods along the way.
So today I had an hour to kill so I went up to my newest favorite store in XXXXwood, MA. It’s a junk store pretty much, they buy out estates and sell off the house contents, pretty damn cheaply I might add. Anyway, as a lover of all that is junk and all that is tools I picked my way through and found some decent stuff at a spectacular price! So I picked up a 25’ extension cord, a Stanley framing square (even though I probably have 6 of them at $0.50 cents I just had to have it...
This is the method I use whenever I have to sharpen my hand planes, chisels, and knives. View on YouTube
I love to sharpen my tools with Japanese water stones. It is like meditation. First you choose appropriate stones for a particular blade. Then soak these stones in water for a while. Then level surfaces of the stones. Then pick up one stone and start to sharpen. Thoroughly, thoughtfuly, unhurriedly. Then you take second stone, then third, then fourth… Using nagura… Listening to shamisen… This way inevitably leads to full and ultimate enlightenment. But, to be honest, sometimes I just want to ...
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