Haven’t blogged in a while, mainly posting things in the SotS forum as i go. Figured i would move some of it in a blog. Since last entry in this blog and during my entrys for my dutch chest and handtool workbench i have been migrating between two buildings. Recent developments on the homefront, all my woodworking stuff has to be squeezed into one. So operation Squeezeitallintobackbuilding has been going on for the last week or so. Had some issues with my handtool workbench so i ha...
I managed to get the right door of my tool cabinet fitted with its’ selection of tools. I decided to make the right side the cutting and shaping side. The saw till occupies that area so it seems appropriate. I started with holders for my most used dovetail and carcass saw. One has a carved handle and one does not so I built the holders respectively. I used leaves to hold the saws in place once in. Next I moved on the Japanese saws, which to be honest plagued me and they ar...
So I have finished one door panel and started on the second. Carving is a slow process and I have great respect for carvers. Truly a very hard part of the craft to master. So here are the pictures of the panel that has finish on it. That curly maple exploded with figure! Ahh! how cute, I carved our initials in the tree. Bear Loves KittyThat’s where BearKat Wood got it’s name. On to the next panel. Take care everyone and have fun woodworking.
I am making a separate plane till to go with the set in progress, but I wanted to have my most used planes close at hand in the cabinet. I also have a few that I have acquired that I would very much like to refurbish and use. So today I worked on the Plane till that would go into the cabinet. I started out by taking a picture of the cabinet, the planes I wanted in there and using photoshop to conjure up a likeness of what it might look like. I had a large piece of maple left ove...
la grande construction, Oo La La!Today was very French. French cleat that is. I set the cabinet to the wall using french cleats and made a set for the inside of the cabinet. There will probably be some that hang down from the shelf below, but the cleats should take care of most tools for the back wall. A series of custom hangars will be made to facilitate hanging tools. This way as things change I can rearrange the cabinet. I experimented by making a flat plate to hang someth...
Another episode in the saga that is the Great Big Build. Today the glue hit the fan! The tool cabinet was glued up today and I only cussed once, not bad for a glue up from hell. Sorry, a really crazy glue up ;) The rest of the day was spent milling up wood for the door panels and sides. I have been stockpiling wood for over two years for this build. Every time I recieved a comission I would get extra wood and set it aside. The piece I had for the maple p...
Hi everyone, hope all is well. I took a picture of the drawer in the saw till as I forgot to yesterday. When we last left our caped crusader he had just assembled a square to become a tool cabinet. Well today I made a panel to become the back. I thought about doing ship lap for the back, but my board wasn’t wide enough. It was all I could do to resaw the 12 1/4” wide curly maple board into three plates 1/4” thick. So I came up with a split panel frame inste...
It is only Tuesday and I am tired. I have been feeling under the weather lately, but I made some decent progress today. I put the saw till aside for now and will get back to it when I am ready to carve the next piece as well in the interest of efficiency. I worked up a piece of Paruvian Walnut that had been sitting in the back of the shop for the case top and bottom of the tool cabinet. I chose to do it next as I wait for my bench hardware to arrive. I could have definitely used a moxon vise ...
I really had thought I had updated this blog since the last one… sorry about that. Since I last updated this I have completed the doors and got them installed on the cabinet. I also faced the cabinet with some sapele edge banding. I realize it covers the sliding dovetail ends but it really cleans up the inside faces of the cabinet very nicely and ties in the door fronts with the inside. Not a whole lot to say about the process that you can’t make out in the pics so I’...
The now famous H.O. Studley Tool Chest and Workbench were on display at the Handworks 2015 event in Amana, Iowa. This was a rare opportunity to see these historical masterpieces in person. The exhibition was curated by Don Williams and was very well done! The whole experience went beyond my expectations. The tool chest is only 20”x40” and it holds over 270 different tools! It is adorned with ebony and ivory accents throughout. In addition to that many of the tools we...
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