I used to hate students like me who know when the course starts but still show up late, mea culpa. I was 15 minutes late again today as I had to go into Winnipeg for my uncle’s funeral today. Usually we can drive in and out in good time but today the roads were terrible, with semis, pickups and cars littering the ditches along the Trans Canada… anyway we got there and back safely although at one point I thought I was going to have to attend a smash up on a bridge, but fortunatel...
Recently I received the entire gang box and hand tools that belonged to my uncle whom I barely remember. He was a carpenter and worked during the great depression as a CCC camp carpenter working and teaching young men the carpentry skills needed to perform their work. He repaired shoes and worked in the field judging from the tools he had. I am making a wall display with most of the tools and plan to use them occasionally. I particularly want to learn to tune, sharpen and use th...
My wife never knows what to buy me, because if I want or need anything I go and buy it. So I guess somewhere in a discussion I mentioned a hobby electronic microscope (A kids toy) because i wanted to look at the edges of my chisels when I sharpen them. So one of the presents I got this year was this. So this is the sharpened edge of a razor blade knife that I carry. This is the micro edge of the sharpened blade with I guess a piece of apple or Christmas Cake stuck to the b...
We finally get things moving and get a Draper swivel head variable speed lathes. Were all the rage years ago. It immediately had a problem with it’s capacitor. Happens to be the only thing that goes wrong with this motor. It’s fairly bullet proof. So I ask Draper if they can send a spare capacitor. I get a snooty reply telling me that a replacement was being sent and the other lathe was my responsibility until it was collected at their convenience. Now I don’t know about you all, but that typ...
I picked up an old Diston and Sons rip saw a few months ago but haven’t need to do any large work with it yet. I did try to test cut the saw and found it to be impossible. Last night I bit the bullet and got out the saw sharpening equipment. I started by jointing the teeth. I couldn’t believe how far out some of them were and was begining to wonder if I would ever get a flat spot on all of them. I did finally get there and then I checked the tooth line with a straight edge. ...
Tommy MacDonald has expanded the FREE content area on his website to provide more “How To” information. There are some cool projects and many helpful tips that might be of use to all of us. You can check it out at the link shown down below. Here’s the link to the HOW TO area: http://www.thomasjmacdonald.com/content/howto/ While you are there browse the rest of the site and check out some of the outstanding woodworking being done. As you probably already know, some of our fellow LJ...
After my recent Little Good Pieces post, “Scrub Plane on the Cheap”, I received a comment by Swirt from Timber Frame Tools. It had some great info, and I’d like to repost a portion of it here for those that don’t read my blog or its comments: “Good article Robert. I’ve been using a No5 as a scrub for a long time and it works well. To get the most out of any given scrub, the amount of curve can be optimized without too much trouble. The recommendation of 3″ r...
This was a long process. I took my #3 hand-me-down plane to a free hand plane tune-up class at Woodcraft. As I was being educated, I realized I was missing the lever cap. Mentioning this to the fellas at work, a co-worker gave me his old planes. At the same time, I was working with the great people at DMT. DMT is a great company. The helped me get an affordable complete set and also threw in some demo stones. I finally finished cleaning up and tuning up a Victor #4 and made my firs...
“Whose boy are ya?” This may be more of a southern thing, but it was a common question for me when I was growing up in Alabama. My mother had 5 brothers and a sister plus 4 step-brothers and two sisters so proper identification was importantant, especially at family functions and other gatherings. Family has always been important to me, especially when I have traveled to so many places where I had no family. My grandfather was Paul Revere Pounders. I always thought that was...
IntroductionI think most of us would agree that we would like to spend as little time as possible sharpening and honing our edge tools, but we do realize the need for really sharp edges to get nice clean cuts and also to maintain control of the cuts. An experienced woodworker is therefore almost always willing to do whatever it takes to get the edges he needs. My philosophy on sharpening is focused on speed, convenience and frequent easy edge refreshment (not beer Larry). The best way I...
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