Nothing tells you quicker how sharp your plane blade than taking a swipe across the end grain. It should go without saying that this tip requires a freshly sharpened blade. Come along and learn how I square up the end of a board using only hand tools.
hand’t got the chance to post this on sunday, but I did get a chance to mill the drawer fronts to thickness, width, and height on sunday, and temporarily install them on the drawers. for lack of materials the drawer fronts came to be 3/8”+ in thickness as opposed to the original plan of 3/4”, but since this is just drawer fronts, I’m not too concern about this. it actually makes it looks a bit more refined and elegant. I do have some alignment issues as the drawe...
I found a nice 5’ piece of red oak at Home Depot that was a bit odd in hue, having more depth to its grain than what I usually see there. I had visions of turning some square plates, so I snagged it: I really slacked off on pics of this turning. This is the only one: In it, I’ve cut the end from the plank to square it up and remove the chipped edges. Then I cut 2 pieces off as long as the plank was wide (7-1/4”). Then I cut some squares of birch from a leng...
Let me start by saying that the first part of this blog although posted earlier today, was actually made about a year ago, I just posted it today as a preceding part to the one you’re reading now… tried not to double post and ‘push’ other’s from the blog front page, so I waited half a day between 2 posts, although both were made ready at the same time. to continue the story were I left off, what I found most difficult with setting up the box was the box joints...
So I’ve got the pieces for my box cut mostly to size. The walls are all currently about 5 1/2” long – I’m going to trim just a bit off of two of them (to get them to 5 1/3”) and I’ll trim the other two down to 4” (and they’ll be about 2” tall). But first, I have a planing issue. I suppose it’s just part of my journey, but I can’t seem to be able to get my pieces (any of them) really flat. First, I was dealing with tearou...
A shooting board isn’t considered a major project – or even a minor one – for most woodworkers. However, it’s something I want to write about because at this early stage in my woodworking journey, I’m learning something new with every endeavor. Skills Learned/Practiced: using a square (and I’m glad I invested in a Starrett) using a block plane to trim up (flush) the edges making a very thin cut with my dovetail saw (to avoid having to plane/san...
[Taken from my Adventures in Woodworking blog, August 2007] Before heading back to SE Asia, I needed to accumulate the bare minimum tools needed for woodworking by hand. The class I attended at Homestead Heritage recommends 10 tools in particular, and this is where I started: combination square set of chisels strong layout knife combination marking/mortise gauge small dovetail or gent’s saw tenon saw small hammer for joint assembly solid joiner’s mallet smoothing plane...
Why Square?As a complete novice I was always mystified by the idea of turning rough lumber into square lumber. It was hard to visualize, though I had read many articles. I thought that I would give any of you new to this aspect a glimpse of the process. The value: Start with square lumber = better chance of square project. Plus you don’t have to buy dimensional lumber from THE MAN. The VideoWe shot a little video/ stills of ourselves squaring stock for our kitchen cabinet drawers....
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