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
a number of years ago (maybe 15 – 16) i knew a navajo man that supported his familyby cutting firewood for some of the indian ceremonies he would get in his truck and go out into the washes and canyonsaround gallup new mexico and adjoining arizona and cut down dead cottonwood and oak treessome up to 1’+ diameter trunks into logs around 5’ longtake them home and standing on them over a few cross logs(for chain clearance) he ripped them with his chainsawinto (i kid yo...
Human all too human to quote Fred N. Yes we makers are too human. We’re too ready to find error in our work. The voice in our head keeps repeating: Not good enough, not perfect enough. We are always so ready to point out our mistakes, to find the tiniest of errors. When our client never sees them. When another maker doesn’t see them nor care. They see the whole, the entire piece and they’re delighted. So I say, keep your standards high but learn to forgive yourself for your errors that no ...
Hi I am back again!I have been lurking in the back ground admiring all the great work for some time now as house renovations took priority, that is nearing an end and I am soon to get back into the workshop. The club I am in has some amazingly talented people and one of them has sent this link here and another hereI am not sure if these websites have been posted before but it has given me some wonderful inspiration to get going again. I am in awe of these master craftsmen of the past. A...
I have always had a passion for restoring things. One of my favourite activities is the resuscitation of old tools. Not only for the beauty of displaying them, but to give them a new sense of purpose and put them to good use. I pick up old tools at any chance I find. They can be from friends or family that no longer have a use or interest for them. I have found many tools cast away as rubbish and one of my favourite pastimes is routing through piles of rusty parts at secondhand markets. ...
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