Finally had time to start cutting the parts for the stand. Here is a photo of all of the pieces cut: I used a Dremel tool to cut the disks. Rather than buy the plastics disks from Work Sharp, I made some disks from hardboard and also from MDF. My design called for grooves to be cut into the MDF for the 3/16” hardboard shelves and backs. I couldn’t find a 3/16” router bit locally, so I ended up using an 1/8” bit in the Dremel and making two passes. A big hassle to...
This is part two on my journey of sharpening my lathe tools. The first part was a Fingernail Gouge. Now on to the standard Spindle Roughing Gouge (SRG) and a Bowl Gouge. Both of these gouges are sharpened at 45 degrees. I started out making a triangle ramp to lift the gouges at 45 degrees, with grooves to roll the gouge in, but I gave up on it for now. One problem that I had was that my roughing gouge is not a perfect circle – it is more like a smiley face. It would not roll well in the ...
While learning to turn, the tools in use eventually need to be sharpened. I looked at various jigs, holders, and solutions for sharpening. I own a WorkSharp, but I thought that I would not be able to do it all on this machine. But I have made a series of jigs, and am now able to sharpen all my major tools with it. First up is the trickiest one. The hardest one to do is the Fingernail, or spindle gouge. Tormek and others have bars that slide out and pockets that hold the handle. I just...
So how I decided to build this came from another project I wanted to start which was a large bible stand for a friend. I decided I wanted to add detail to the joints by dovetailing them but found my chisels were horribly wounded from a year of not knowing how to care for and sharpen them. So from the this I decided to learn to sharpen them and from there wanted to do so in a controlled way. After looking on lee valley I say a chisel grinder stand and wolverine turning guide that i though...
Spoon making is something that the more I research it the more I become astounded that this craft grows at the rate that it does. Friends, there are large groups of folks all over the globe that share classes, festivals, everything and anything related to making green wood into spoons and bowls. I think perhaps it may be that spoon making is very portable as well as affordable. The wood is free, you can do it while camping with friends, the bench is a chopping log, and the tools can be bro...
I love to work wood and part of that is caring for the tools I use. I have been watching videos of a variety of craftsmen carving spoons and want to give it a try. To that end, I scored an old hatchet on Ebay. It will require some restoration before I can use it. That brings me to yet another tool I have taken for granted: the mill file. I have used a set of files I purchased 25 years ago. This was some mail-order set “15 assorted files and handles for $9.95” or something like tha...
Well I have a fully functioning Layout Compass now :D. All that is left is to do the shaping of the legs and some purtification of them. I am still working out the details of the purtification but in the end they should be pretty purty lol. All the pieces laid out with epoxy curing on the pins.. So today was filled with frustration and epoxy and a lot of brass dust. It started with cleaning up the mortise that the arc goes through and embedding the head of a copper rivet into the...
Wanted to share this jig I made, to quickly and accurately square up blades for sharpening. I have been doing alot of that lately and wanted to show the device I fabricated. Took pictures today while I made it…. so here we go. It takes a toggle clamp and some scrap wood to complete. It’s based on the idea of making a permenant block to reference your honing aid from. Adding the clamp essentialliy gives you an extra hand, so you can focus on getting the guide tight and...
Over the weekend I scored a Work Sharp 2000 off of Craig’s List. $40 for a new in the box unit. Using the included abrasives, I put a fairly good edge on my chisels and plane. I quickly saw the need to go to finer grades of abrasives. I also wanted to find a way to sharpen kitchen knives with this unit. After a search of the web, I found both. Amazon sells packages of ten sanding disks in the finer grits. I purchased a ten pack of 400 grit and a ten pack of 1000 grit 6” PSA san...
I got this great letter today from DenmarkAs you can see there is an Origami and a leather strop for my knifeThe knife in the picture is one that I made years ago another thing the writer and I have in common.We both also make knifes and do leather-work.Unfortunately we both have spinal injuries, but we both smile a lotDo you know who it is yet?Jamie
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