I’ll be the first to admit it: my turning skills are weak. Every time I visit my friend/mentor David Marks (an amazing turner), he reminds me that I could use his help. That’s about the point that I find myself heading into his wood shed to admire his extensive collection. It’s not that I don’t like turning. I find it quite relaxing. I just never seem to find the time or motivation to really dig into it. I have so many things I want to accomplish outside of turni...
Anybody who’s ever worked as a short-order cook will know what one of these is… Yes, it’s a Press, usually used as a weight to cook burgers in a hurry… But this one’s pins have been falling right out lately… So I decided to give it a quick fix, by giving it a new handle…I started by removing the old one, and “persuading” the two brackets back to 90° with my trusty 3 lb. Estwing… I like a beefier handle than this one has, an...
A couple of weekends ago I received a wonderful request: my mother-in-law had an old offset socket chisel that belonged to her grandfather, which she wanted to give to her son (my brother-in-law) as a gift (confused yet?). This is one of those beautiful old socket chisels which has been used heavily over the years, and is missing the handle. Aside from a slightly mushroomed socket, this chisel was in terrific shape – no rust, no fuss. So I turned (get it?) to the lathe, and made ...
Over the Christmas break, I discovered a small mom and pops antique store/restaurant, so I took the boys out for a walk, gave us each a few bucks, and let everyone look for a small, unexpected, treasure. Sam took an interest in a small silver spoon (I guess it was fitting since he wasn’t born with one in his mouth ;) and Gabe took a shining to an old military hat. As for myself, I found an old Buck Brothers 3/8 inch socket straight chisel. No handle, but it was only two bucks and the co...
Beech trees grow abundantly throughout the temperate zones of Europe, Asia and North America. The wood is of very even denseness throughout the grain because of its relatively small pores evenly distributed through both the early and late growth of each growth cycle (annual ring). My first mallet was made from beech and most mallets for three hundred years would have come from the beech tree. Though that is the case, and beech is a hard wood, I find beech just a little too soft for making...
A video update of what I have been working on in the shop lately. Enjoy.
I found this bit of helpful information in a magazine, and just wanted to share. Dip a rag in a container of boiled Linseed Oil, and wipe it onto a sanded tool handle (shovel handle was shown).Let the oil soak in for a few minutes. The wipe it off the excess with a dry rag. I haven’t tried this, but I’m thinking it might work on cutting boards, and butcher blocks as well.
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