In my above video, Frank Klausz takes us into his new woodworking workshop and shows his amazing, and huge, carpenter’s molding plane that he made at the request of his local tool collector group in New Jersey, called the “The Craft”. Frank asked me to share their website link here. Frank wanted to demonstrate this molding plane when I was filming a video tour of his new woodworking workshop. >> Watch the video tour of Frank’s workshop here>> Watch Frank’s Hand Cut Dovetail tutor...
Okay, so I started this blog with the intent of helping anyone else working in smalls space. After a year of living in an apartment in Korea, while constantly amassing new toys, I mean tools, I’ll have to say it has been a year of constant learning. I’ve said before, I’m a relatively young (new) woodworker so some of these anecdotes may be things you more experienced folk will laugh at. I’ll illustrate the first point with something from my personal experience. As a military flight instruc...
A common technique when turning wood is to turn a green piece of wood, then store it in a brown paper bag until it is dry. The paper bag lets the wood dry slowly and uniformly, this reduces cracking and splitting. The problems are: How long to store it? When is it dry? You cannot see it in the bag and commonly available moisture gauges only measure the surface of the wood. I’m not sure how unique this is but I’ve found that by including a remote humidity sensor in the paper bag...
Here is where those seasoned veterans of the Festool Domino can point and laugh at some rookie mistakes. I am making a new cabinet to house my air compressor because the dawgone thing is soooo loud. So I thought it would be a great project to put my new Domino through some paces. As I was trying to understand some things on this machine I plunged into the face of some scrap 3/4” plywood I would be using to make the carcass. Well I created a through Domino, so back to the instruction...
In my above video, Frank Klausz takes us into his new workshop and shows his amazing method for speedy “pins first” hand cut through dovetails with hand tools. This is a continuation of the tour that I shared of Frank’s new woodworking workshop. Watch the video tour of Frank’s workshop here Watch Frank Klausz use his Monster Molding plane here Before you email me, please first look at the bottom of this article for a list of all the tools that Frank mentioned in the videos. ...
In my above video I show how to cut a simple dado joint with basic woodworking hand tools. What is a dado joint used for? A dado joint is used for securing shelves inside cabinets or book shelves. (View the original blog post here). TOOLS THAT YOU’LL NEEDEven though I have a nice tool buying guide (here), I’m still often asked for links to the tools that I use in my videos, so here is a list of tools that I used in this video: WORKBENCH:-Sjoberg Elite 2500 Beech Workbench (with o...
Something to be aware of when turning Bowls:- When you sharpen your Bowl Gouge you may get a tiny “Burr” on the heal of the bevel that then results in scratches in your piece at the point of transition between the wall & the base on the inside. It’s always worth checking for a burr on the heal, and if you find one, just remove it with a fine file and then a bit of fine sandpaper, just to make sure the heal is smooth.
In my above video I share a eureka moment that I had when trying to apply reverse clamping pressure against the walls of my dovetailed tool chest. The original blog post is here. I discovered that I could simply reverse my small Bessey clamp’s jaw and it would push outward instead of inward! It’s kind of hard to explain in words, so just watch the video! I’m not sure if any other clamps can be reversed like this, but I hope it helps. Here is where you can buy these clamps: -Besse...
I know that many people have modified the HF-DC but I just wanted to put my spin out there. I have been doing a lot of research on the many different styles of updates/modifications that have been done and holy cow there are a lot. But, most of them rely on the Thien principle that seems to be pretty simple. On the Thien blog there is a guy that tests and records many different modifications with different setups. I am going to set-out to make my entire system buying the least amount as p...
http://youtu.be/nE9ayin-vXQ Really proud of the determination my students have shown learning this skill.
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