It’s hard to believe just two short years ago the only hand tools I owned were a retractable measuring tape and a few miniature tools (6” nail bar, vise grips, etc). Then I joined Lumberjocks and shortly thereafter The Hand Plane Swap. That’s when I got The Affliction (or it got me)! I bought two block planes, then a bench plane, then…you get the idea. It didn’t stop with planes. I went to check out a Craig’s List ad for planes and not finding any in my pri...
I’ve been told I need to find a home other than my kitchen table for my planes that have taken up residence.I’ve been hesitant to move them to the shop – mainly because my shop is like most – no a/c or heat with a decent amount of humidity. I decided as my first foray into the world of joinery and hand tools I’d build a quasi portable till. I’m no expert in Sketchup and I’m sure there’s a few mistakes that I haven’t discovered yet, but her...
Shop storage is currently a bunch of open shelving that hubby put up. It’s a temporary thing and we both are looking forward to improving on it. Since I’ve started down the slippery slope of hand tools the shelves are getting rather cluttered on my side. I’m looking at plans for wall hung cabinets. I’ve got a nasty respiratory bug that has kept me out of the shop all of January (doc says no dust producing activities) and so, not wanting to be idle, I’ve taken the...
This is where we left off last time—- a basic carcass completed but no tools inside it yet. On a side note, do you prefer to spell it carcass or carcase? I’ve seen it both ways. So now comes the fun part: figuring out how I’m going to fit all these tools into the upper section of tool chest. At this point, I’m not really concerned with my larger hand saws, my specialty planes, mallets etc., but most of the smaller hand tools. It seems like a lot of tools, but if...
Wasn’t long ago that progress got me a tambour and static display of what would someday be… See the lower right corner of the picture above? Well, that’s what needs to be done next, I think. It’s been started… Take close look and you’ll see two pieces joined together. Improperly. The stile needs to be full length, not dead-ended into the rail. And then there are the horizontal (H) pieces, circled and marked as 1 and 2 in the close-up below. Wh...
As my hand-tool usage has grown, I have gradually expanded my collection of saws. I started with three (rip, crosscut, and back) and over time I’ve added other restored specialty saws until I have no place to put them all. At that point I realized I had to build a saw till. My workshop is in a shared basement of a multi-apartment building. While normally the other residents of my building are quite nice and respectfully don’t mess with my stuff (I don’t mess with their...
My next shop project was suppose to be my Band Saw but that was pretty boring to talk about. I did the basic tuning, new cooling block, adjusted guides. I have yet to make the mobile base but that will happen when I need to move it around. What have been working on is a hand tool till. I decided I wanted to do more advanced joinery and having my tool spread out was a real pain. I will be adding more at time goes on but here it is at this point.The till holds my #8, #7, #6, #5, # 4 and LA...
It just struck me that I would like to make some kind of till for my Japanese saws (that I primarily use for carpentry). I’m always nervous about bending the blades or chipping the teeth when throwing them (always set them on top of everything in my tool bag) in the bag with clamps, hammers, drill motors and the like. They’re protected by the cardboard sleeves they came in, but the idea of a long, narrow till, seems right to me. I’m thinking it would be nice to make it ...
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