In the above video I show a simple tutorial on how to make a wooden straight edge for traditional woodworking. A straight edge is an essential measuring tool used when flattening & straightening your boards, and a perfect beginner’s project to hone your traditional hand tool woodworking skills! WOODEN STRAIGHT EDGE vs. METAL STRAIGHT EDGE Why would traditional woodworkers want to use a wooden straight edge when they can purchase precision-ground metal straight edge...
Well, I just finished cleaning, packing up and moving my “shop” back into the closet. (Seriously … I need a garage soon). I’ve spent the last week sawing, sanding, screwing (heh heh heh) and swearing and the result is: 1) A poorly-crafted and sloppily-stained gift box2) Two poor-fitting window screens3) A shop vac full of saw dust4) Many, many, many pieces of scrap lumber But, in an effort to keep a positive attitude despite my grade-school-shop-class level of ab...
Well, after two power outages that caused the loss of the last two attempts, I think I’ve got this “save” thing down. We left off last time with a admonition to make a detailed plan of the proposed final project for which the board we are about to make will be used. The next step is to select the lumber with which to make the board. This is a major step. First the species is to be determined. MDF is out! As is plywood. Rose wood is nice and so is bird’s eye maple...
My high school age great nephew is staying with us for a week to learn some woodworking skills. I gave hime a list of possible projects and we ended up with this ditty box:We bought the plans from the website, partially so they could be part of the educational process. We began with a tour of the shop and a the standard safety talk. He’s taking things quite seriously. We’re going to make the box out of curly maple and cherry. We start out learning some of the basics of han...
My friend Dr. Bruce Dembling recently invited me to his small blacksmith shop in Charlottesville, Virginia. In the above video you’ll see how he repaired several problems on my old antique woodworking chisels. These blacksmith chisel repairs included: 1. Fusing a broken chisel blade: 2. Removing the “mushroom” from a socket chisel: 3. Cutting off the end of an irreparable chisel fracture: This video isn’t meant to be a full tutorial of blacksmith work, but an...
Well, As I work towards finishing a run of Adirondack chairs I’ve chosen to put the power tools aside for a while except for needed home repairs. It’s time to simplify. Time to quiet down my woodworking. I want to focus on building larger pieces 99% to 100 by hand. I’m still debating on the table saw issue. Time for creative challenges instead of obsessive production, stress, and the shrills of power tools all day. My new goals are larger historic furniture piece...
In the above video my friend Bill Anderson introduces beginners to the ideal tools and techniques for getting started in carving your traditional wooden furniture. Bill starts off introducing the ideal mallet for wood carving. Here is the link to the mallet that Bill used in this video, along with some highly rated, yet more affordable options: -“Blue Spruce” 16 oz. Carver’s Mallet: around $80 (click here)-“Wood Is Good” urethane Carver’s Mallet: around $29 (click here)-“Shop Fox...
Hello ,during the school year i created and made a box joint jig work. The downfall being it used a deepthroated bar clams as its mirco adjust clamping the jig fence to my miter gauge. Now im bulding a tool box and need do to a finger jointed side , i have no clamps large enough and have seen no clamps large enough to accomdate in the same fashion , the panel is 11×14x1/2”. the 14 inch width is the one recieving 1/4” finger joints. Anyway im looking for any help or ideas on h...
Back in May I got a phone call from a Company That was looking for a person with my experience and skills. So a week later I went to talk with them, and found what they were all about.I previously had experience as a cabinet door and drawer fitter, plus a case assembler.Also have time setting up woodworking machinery. sicker, molder, multi-head boring, thickness plainerand wide belt sander.But for the past 10 years I have run my own business, custom building furniture and repairing But it ...
I make a wall shelf for my sons room out of pieces from an old bunk bed. Fun project and satisfying to re use material. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byAL3nPUvFQ&list=UUoiFVDvzJX8tXXF5GsUPc_Q&feature=share
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