I recently unpacked a set of 6 small carving tools (no maker’s marks) that I had purchased at a carving show several years ago. These poor little tools had obviously been abused, but I figured that they could be brought back to life with a little care and patience. I really would have had difficulty cutting my finger with them. Here’s what they looked like, complete with fairly coarse grinder marks. So, the time came to work on these, and all it took was 3 steps.1. I did a fairly ...
The past couple years ive developed a passion for woodworking. its my time where i can get so focused on my projects and completely block out anything the world is throwing at me at any given time. I guess you can say the craft itself is basically my therapist, only if i were to substitute a real therapist id probably save about 10x the money that i do on tools, but they are beginning to get to the point where they are starting to pay themselves off. In my opinion where the true passion for ...
I have been looking for a set of sharpening stones for a while now. They are usually very expensive and definitely out of my price range. A new maker is on the block and making a name for themselves. These stones have two grits, 1000/3000, and fit into a nice base with feet on it to help hold it in place. The one thing I like about these stones is that they are wide enough to sharpen a plane iron. I have sharpened many cutting edges already and it isn’t showing any wear like two of my o...
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In a handtool shop auger bits are used a lot. I show how to sharpen these bits quickly and easily. Link to YouTube Video.
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...
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