So, I have these saws. These are old, how old, I don’t know but they are handmade, most likely industrially handmade. They have this nice engraved markings on them, not like the modern stamps, more like hand stitched engravings. You can also see some marks where the steel was welded to make the saw blade. So, how to get some old, dirty, rusty, dull saws in working order? First step was a nice bath of citric acid, this removed most of the dirt and rust. I don’t have any...
(Disclaimer: This is not for those who already have a good sharpening system. This is for those who want to get started without a large expense) This is a picture of End-grain shavings from walnut, taken from a 100-year old Stanley No. 5 jack plane on a shooting board. I sharpened that plane blade with nothing more than this Harbor Freight 4-sided diamond block ($13 on sale…see here: http://www.harborfreight.com/4-sided-diamond-hone-block-92867.html ). It only goes up to 60...
Japanese Tools #1: This is the start of a new series where I'm going to clean and fix up tools, specifically Japanese
So. This is the first of hopefully many posts about fixing up Japanese tools, I have a lot of old tools and most of them needs fixing, cleaning and love. This is tools that I will use, some I might sell off as I don’t need all but most will stay for use. To start this series I’ll post some pictures of some of my tools that will be cared for in the future. Some Hira-ganna. Some special ganna. More ganna, some special some with long dai, some small Some more, hira-...
After spending one hour flatening the stones in school i hade to spend an hour flatening and sharpening the blades of my two blockplanes. Than an extra hour of flatening the soles, reconditioning and correcting the angle for shooting.This all due to the flooding of the shop. Flat stone? Oh yes!
Something to be aware of when turning Bowls:- When you sharpen your Bowl Gouge you may get a tiny “Burr” on the heal of the bevel that then results in scratches in your piece at the point of transition between the wall & the base on the inside. It’s always worth checking for a burr on the heal, and if you find one, just remove it with a fine file and then a bit of fine sandpaper, just to make sure the heal is smooth.
Tools tools, I love toys, I mean tools #2: Hand tools because it made me feel safer, and my first sharpening/honing attempt...
I’ll admit that I am more a power tool woodworker than a hybrid (and nowhere close to a hand too user). But the more projects I get under my belt, the more I realize that in order to improve as a wood worker, I’m going to have to get more used to hand tools. In some cases, it is probably safer, and not necessarily slower than power tools. I recently edge glued quite a few short pine scraps, to make them wide enough for a few kids toy projects. After edge jointing the pieces,...
I’ve had WS 3000 a year now and I still love it. I recently bought the bar attachment and some Tormek jigs. It works amazing. But I needed a way to remove the burr on the inside of my gouges when using the SVD 185 jig. So I made these mushroom shaped tightening knob out of MDF, they lock the wheel on and I can the apply honing past to them. I made some different sizes and with different past for different sizes of gouges. They works very well. Just wanted to share the idea. ...
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The Church of ‘Leave me Alone, Please’ By: Christopher Schwarz | May 1, 2014 During the last 17 years that I have been using a honing guide to sharpen, I’ve been approached (sometimes nearly assaulted) by people who want to teach me to sharpen freehand. My response: “I sharpen freehand all the time.” They don’t believe me, and so they spend an hour or so to show me how they hone their edges. Then they want me to try their technique and say: “That’s fantastic! I’m throwing away my ...
Here is the second half of how to make your calls a little more custom. Thanks to everyone that took time to watch and please hit the like button if it helped. Sleeviing an Echo Insert PT 2
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