I like making awls. I have quite few around my shop in various sizes and configurations. A few years ago I decided to make an awl in the bird cage style and it has been my all around favorite ever since. I have no idea why they are called bird cage awls. Perhaps they were a critical tool for making cane bird cages in years gone by. Here I am going to make another one. I start out with a bar of O1 tool steel from McMaster-Carr. It is 3/16” square in cross section. This is the ide...
I like these routers. The D handle allows for controlled single handed operation of the tool while holding the workpiece with the other. I have 3 of these routers and none of them came with a guide. I wanted a guide for one of them the other day and found myself wishing that I had ordered one, as I was not able to put off the project until I could get one. I decided to order 2 and make 1 so that I could use the router I wanted to use on the project at hand. A radial arm saw will do...
Hi;seems like showing off one’s Shop built or home-made tools is de rigueur here so I’ll get it over with fast!Over the years I have built many tools and jigs. some were failures, most were not.The main thing is there are a lot of tools that you could buy, but also that you could just make! like marking gauges and scratch stocks, for starters. I don’t expect making your own saw to be everyones cuppa, nor making your own hand plane, but big compasses and other marking tools, ...
Now that the first prototype is finished, here are the results of the test run: Adjusting the blade itself was easy enough : just tapping the blade a little at a time until it cut enough for the finished dowel to go through the exit hole. I also had a little tweaking to do on the body for the blade to cut properly: I used a small rounding plane and some files to straighten the cone shape (remember how it was slightly crooked at the junction between the cone and the exit hole?). I al...
If I ever succeed in making a usable rounding plane, it will be a tool to be used with a tool to make a tool.The rounding plane makes a dowel, which is used with a wood die to shape a thread in order to make a clamp such as these http://lumberjocks.com/projects/49549 Then it got convoluted when I realized that I needed yet another tool to be able to recess the blade into the blade holder somewhat accurately.As I do not own a router plane and as I did not wish to use my electric router, my ...
I own a die and tap to thread wood but the diameter is 3/4” and this is a dowel size I can’t find locally.I have thus decided to try and build a rounding plane / dowel maker to create my own 3/4” dowels. A rounding plane is is like a giant pencil sharpener with a cone shaped inlet and an outlet bored to the exact size of the desired dowel.I never held such a tool in my hands and the only ressource I have is an old Fine Woodworking article I remember which gave 2 guideline...
I’m going on vacation in a few weeks, and I have been concerned about time away from the shop while I’m gone (I’m sure many of you can relate). I figured that this would be the perfect time to learn to chip carve, since I can easily bring everything I need with me and have plenty of woodworking activities with me in a small package. But either my overall cheapness, or some galootish aspirations, made me think twice about spending the money for a chip carving knife. After ...
In researching making my own hollowing tools I have come into one main problem. I am a wood worker and don’t have metal working tools (and no intention to). I have received a good amount feedback concerning the amount of heat I will need to get the rod in a malleable state. This is one my concerns, the other is drilling into the end of the rod.Today I went by several machine shops to see what the cost for bending and drilling the rods. I would tap the rods myself. None of them provide the ...
Figured I would start a new series related to tool making. I recieved Fine Woodworking yesterday and I noticed that there is an article/video on making and using a simple Scratch stock. This is another one of those items that has been on my build list for a while. Additionally there is an article on how to make a dove tail marker out of brass and some chisels for refining dove tails. The chisels look like they are right up Mads alley. The chisels are made from Hock Marking Knife bl...
I built the ‘Alexander saw steel tapered reamer’ based on the information found on Jennie Alexander’s green woodworking website. SawSteelTaperedReamerPlans I’m having some trouble understanding the instruction on how to sharpen the back edge of the saw blade, which works as a scraper to form the tapered hole. Here’s what mine looks like now – As you may be able to make it out, it’s just a square edge right now. Alexander says this abo...
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