Hi;seems like showing off one’s Shop built or home-made tools is de rigueur here so I’ll get it over with fast!Over the years I have built many tools and jigs. some were failures, most were not.The main thing is there are a lot of tools that you could buy, but also that you could just make! like marking gauges and scratch stocks, for starters. I don’t expect making your own saw to be everyones cuppa, nor making your own hand plane, but big compasses and other marking tools, ...
For my workbench i needed a tall stool for more accurate work and just a place to rest. This is a descripition on how i made this project. Searching LJ i found these two fine projects:- Having a fascination with all-things-Japanense (having both worked in a sushi restaurant and done karate for several years) these Singer-songrwriters chairs by Junji impressed me.- This post on shop stools by shipwright described a interesting method for dying oak black with steel wool dissolved in wineg...
A kind LJ frequenting the HPOYD thread noticed a question I asked about spokeshaves, and was nice enough to send an old one my way for about the cost of shipping only. Thank you again, kind sir. Here’s how it looked right out of the box. No maker’s marks or model numbers, but sturdy enough from the look of it. A little bit of surface rust. Nothing too gnarly. The screw for the lever cap is slightly bent, but it still turns alright. Couldn’t find a thumbscre...
On my recent trip to Cambodia, I picked up an interesting souvenir: I found this spokeshave sitting in the back of a huge local market. It was in a sketchy-looking hardware store that also had some chisels and wooden hand planes for sale, along with a few farming implements. It looked terrible, but the stall owner (an older lady giving me a skeptical look, as my friend and I were the only foreigners in the place) only wanted $3 for it… sold. My favorite part is the text ...
After some excellent advice in my last blog post, I decided rather that trying to work on my dovetail skills, I would take a step back and work on the component skills. I wanted to make my version of woodpezzer's porcupine. I had the wood (some figured maple in smaller pieces). Why not try that! I started by gluing up three one inch pieces and drawing on my little porky. He is about 14” long and 6” tall. Next came my rough shaping. Big chunks, little chunks, some ...
After all of the support I received during our recent website troubles, I knew I had to come up with a special way of saying thank you. I considered sending out cards or personal emails, but I ultimately decided that the best way to show my appreciation would be to build one of the most requested projects ever: the Step Stool Sitting Bench. The reason this one gets requested so often is because it happens to be featured in our show’s introduction. The PastThis particular stool was actua...
So, here we go.This will be the final chapter to this series.When we left off the paddle blade and shaft were somewhere between roughed and semi finished.The next step is a little slower. At least for me it is.The handgrip.Excuse the poor photography, but here is what were starting with for the handgrip. You get the idea. We’re starting with just a roughsawn blank.I think if I had been a little slower and used just a little more care at the bandsaw stage, then I wouldn’t have s...
Hey friends, I figured It may be time for me to try doing a project blog…..so..I hope this may be of interest to someone. This was a fun or more like….CRAZY challenge I set for myself to find out…what could I do in a two hour time limit….with ONLY 2 hand tools? and for extra fun…and insanity…a piece of rescued pallet wood….lol So….I set the standards a bit higher….a $5 auction Spokeshave….and a recently bought Stanley 35 pla...
Well that took a while to get back to but now some progress has been made. Initial round overs have been done with a 3/4” roundover and the glue-ups of the legs are done So now it’s on to the final shaping of the legs and to building the top, which is milled and ready to go Shaping will be largely done with my new Auriou rasp and Spokeshave that Santa delivered, gotta love that guy !! Plan to curve the end slightly, as per Marc’s design, but am going to add an i...
I’ve been playing with spoon carving and thinking that being able to use a spokeshave and drawknife will speed the shaping of the handles. I have clamped the work to my carving bench with some success, but Mads's shave horse has inspired me to think about making a similar solution. I really do not want to tackle a full sized shave horse at this time and I did some thinking about how I could come up with something to use on my carving bench. I am thinking of making a jig simil...
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