Using Oil Stones Again, Water Stones Now Stowed Away Ollie gave an excellent review of Norton Water Stones and I posted most of the comments below at that review. I think perhaps it was a bit out of place there and offer my apologies to Ollie. I just wanted to present some of my experiences with water stones out in public in case there are others out there that are getting a bit disillusioned with using them. I’ll preface this with, “the vast majority of woodworkers will disagree with...
here are some photos of my Radiator Cover project i have around 12 to complete and Medecine cabinets in the bathrooms. Now i have the Leigh FMT Pro this M&T work is all so much better . I will start the next one soon and plan to make accurate cut plans first this time as i have been building an cutting as i go and this just creates more expensive firewood. has any one got ideas on how to space the slats it always seems to casue me problems on the layout. The FMT kig is just wonder...
Hey everyone,I am in need of some help! I am writing a book called “The Burl Hunter”. I am looking for interested people who are willing to read as I write to help me out. I am not a great writer but I love to teach. What I would like to do is get about 5 people to read and critique the book. Even edit my grammar. I would like 2 people who know about burls just to keep me in check and 3 to just read to learn and see how it flows. I need your input. It is a book that will g...
My step father-in-law and my mother in law are going to move to Florida (hey, they older and its the law). He came by this weekend and dropped off some “old tools” that he had in a box in his shed. This last one is a Bailey #7 My only problems are: 1 – My sharpening skills suck. Saving up for a Worksharp station.2 – I have no idea how to “refurbish” hand planes3 – I have no skill with a hand plane. Need to find ...
I promised myself that I would not build any new projects until I completed my workbench. I have been making do for so long with substandard setups (even winning a "Most Pathetic Workbench" award from Woodworking Magazine), that it takes me at least twice as long on any project than it would with a proper workbench (and even WITH a proper workbench, I will probably take three times as long as you would). It was time to draw the line in the sawdust and say enough is enough. I promised mysel...
Grinding hand tools doesn’t need to be a tool-burning, ear-splitting process. I just posted a blog entry (follow this link) that describes my shop built tool rest used with a hand-cranked wheel purchased on eBay. Images and a link to obtain a SketchUp model of this setup are found on the blog post. Once you’ve had the chance to look things over, your comments and questions are welcome, either here or on the blog. Happy grinding!! Jeff
Introduction to Sharpening of Chinese tools One 15th century contractor complained that his craftsmen spent about half of their time sharpening their tools. Considering the fact that Chinese woodworkers had a preference for gnarly old wood, the harder the better, this does not come as a surprise. History of Chinese Sharpening Tools Little has been written about Chinese tools, but almost nothing has been written about Chinese sharpening stones. In his book China at Work, Hommel mention...
It’s hard to shoot these by myself, so 2 different angle (2 different knives) This is the machine. A Foley Belsaw model 355 Basically the motor with a grinding wheel rides the track and the knives are clamped to the rail. I have numerous shims to get them set the right distance. The carriage for the motor/grinding wheel also moves to and away from the knife rail. The head obviously pivots to the proper angle of the original grind bevel of the knife. The wheel in the second video t...
I have a Delta GR275 bench grinder on the way to me (I hope, anyway, the seller hasn’t given me indication of anything), so I thought it would be a good time to set up a permanent sharpening station, especially since I also just got the Rockler version of the sandpaper sharpening system. So I built a little bench out of scraps laying around: Fine furniture it is not. It’s a space to bolt the grinder to, and still have room on the right for the sandpaper. I wonder if my b...
No [new] pics or videos in this post, but I thought I’d drop a note for posterity to say that I’m excited about my future of hand plane work and the setting up of parts and sharpening of irons that comes with their use. I own this tiny block plane (lucky review #777!), which was very sharp right out of the blister pack, easily making full width, full length curls from the edges of whatever boards I threw at it. I’m very much a set-it-and-forget guy, usually dreading o...
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