My mother suggested that I make a picture frame for my grandmother’s 100th birthday. The party is in march, and the four of us (Stephanie, Beatrice, Elijah, and I) will be flying to New York. I looked online for table saw frames because I do not have much skil with or many bits for a router, and no router table. What I found was: http://americanwoodworker.com/blogs/projects/archive/2009/12/04/tablesaw-picture-frame.aspx This is a lovely and classic frame. The wood is beaut...
I am following Stefang’s master class on building a Nordic bucket using the medieval ways The first steps are to make the tools required to make the bucket. The most important tool is a plane to curve the inside of the staves of the the bucket and in true medieval fashion, this is being done with largely hand tools ( ok, and a bandsaw from well into the future). This blog series is to show my progress of the master class. Anyone can follow along and jump in any time to his c...
Ok, I’ve been busy with life and could only get to the violin as weather permitted, that is until I insulated the garage and installed an IR heat lamp which takes the chill off the air. This is the maple back. I’ve carved guides using templates I made out of aluminum. After aligning the guides to the plate surface it’s a simple matter of carving away the excess and blending. There are 6 templates. 1 through 5 are horizontal left to right with the last spanning the length....
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...
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