The unsung heroes of the tool world here in the United States are companies that resist the pressure to offshore their manufacturing and lose control of their quality standards. Not just companies that ship a bunch of parts in to the US and stamp Made in USA on it, but products designed, sourced, and manufactured right here in the USA. Made with hardworking American Blood Sweat and Beers. This video series is going to look at some of these companies around the United States, but why not ...
Working further on the bowl gouge I turn a handle in this video and give it a testing. I still need to make a good sharpening jig for it, but I hand sharpen it this time. Check out the video and subscribe for more woodworking videos.
DIY projects are awesome ways to save money and release your creative energy to customize your home. Moreover, refurbishing your house is a great way to offer a new life to those items which are a generation heritage, like your grandmother’s vanity table or a sturdy bed given by your uncle.In order to make these projects happen, you need to gather the next tools which will help you revive any old item and turn it into a modern piece of art. High quality sandpaperEach furniture refurb...
last summer i ran across a Rockwell cabinet saw at a yard sale and took it home for only 100.00 it needed a fence but those are always available. the job i had kept me pretty busy but i am a habitat for humanity junkie and drop in there regularly. the last 2 months i have added a craftsman contractors saw with exact-i-rip fence, a craftsman 6 1/2” joiner, craftsman 10” bench top band saw, a no name bench top shabby but usable for now drill press and Tuesday i’ll pick up pre....
Winding sticks are a great addition to the handtool world for squaring rough cut lumber. You can make any width you want or keep multiple lengths. In this video I take a log, destined for the fire place, and turn it into a set of winding stick. Check out the video and make sure to subscribe for more woodworking.
I haven’t learned to make these items yet. A pair of pliers, mine are parallel pliers that I got from a friend, a good pair of hair cutting scissors, and a fine tooth comb.
Alaskan Chainsaw Mill V2.0 is going to be a follow on to the review I posted around this time last year. It seems to have been fairly liked considering it now shows up on Google within the first page of search results. Just type in “Chainsaw Mill” into Google and you will see it within a scroll or two. I’ll thank you all on Lumberjocks for that. Note: some of the images are large but if you right click on them and “Open image in new tab.” You will be able to see...
I’m starting to gather together and make a few tools that will be dedicated to lutherie, that is, the building and repair of stringed instruments which are usually made of wood. Having a dedicated lutherie kit will just make my life easier than walking back and forth in the shop grabbing the needed tool. Many of these will likely end up in a stand, box, or drawer for easy access while doing repairs. From the sound of things, learning to re-hair violin bows and the like is a good...
A new year has once again dawned on us. So once again it is time to venture into the shop and do a little winter cleaning and prepare for yet another year of projects and experiments. Portable Pastimes (my home based craft business) continues to grow and I look forward to the possible introduction of new products over the course of the year. However before that can happen I have to make room in the shop for my newest addition.. I have upgraded my bandsaw frm the old Craigslist 12...
It’s getting cold in this neck of the wood so didn’t what to start a new model so was piddling around and hit on making a new mallet.The first one I made[a years or so back] is great for larger projects but for model work it’s more of a sledgehammer.I built it the same as the new one just used what came to mind and what scraps were near the table.It’s big and the solid oak top is heavy. So had it in mind to build one about 1/3 as big and lighter.Well the lighter cam...
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