Streamline moderne is a type of Art Deco architecture that emerged in the mid 1930s and lasted more than two decades. It emphasized curving forms, and moved beyond architecture into industrial design, and even tool design. Millers Falls developed a line of tools in the post-WWII years which were heavy influenced by streamline modern – and symbolic of the 1950s “atomic era”. It is defined by tools such as the No.100A automatic push drill, the No.104 geared hand drill, and the...
Create this shop tool in just a couple hours. Can be used as trammel points or throw a pencil in the hole and make it a compass. Create curves, circles, measurements, make it a story stick. The possibilities are endless.
Hey folks, I just found out a better way to vote for me for the Nordy Rocklers Video contest “What inspires me to woodwork” her is the link and you can re-vote everyday until February 22, 2013. My Goal is to win first place, so I can finally get a Thickness Planer! Here is the link: http://woobox.com/5w2esk/upload/177869
I just signed up for a seminar with Marc Spagnuolo at Highland Woodworking on May 2nd. Marc started the Wood Whisper Community and podcast. I am looking forward to the seminar and meeting Marc. Anyone in the Atlanta area should stop by Highland Woodworking to sign up it should be fun.
I am one step closer to the finish of my workbench. I show steps to cut a beveled mortise. If the video isn’t working, click here to view it on YouTube.
I said I needed to get more organized in 2013. I start out by making a simple shelf to hold my paints.
The timber is still moist to the touch and heavy, probably about 28% moisture, but it will be easier to cut in this condition and will dry quickly with a smaller cross-section. It is time to rough-cut the components. You may remember that I have already selected and prepared pieces for the main members – the back legs. All this hand-work makes you think of efficiency in a way that you may never have thought of it before. If you have ever cycled around the countryside and taken a wrong t...
This past week I picked up a couple of older power tools that look to have great promise. The first is a Delta Model 31-460 Type 2 Belt/ Disc Sander. The other a Delta Model 40-530 Scroll Saw. I spend about an hour cleaning up and adjusting the sander. It runs well, but as you can see from the photos it needs some cleaning up in areas where surface rust has formed. The miter and ledge are in fine working over. The sanding belt needs to be replaced. From the v-shaped groove in the stop, I w...
Here is a poor man’s mortising machine. I bought a mortising kit from Grizzly and I can say that I am not sure I would recommend this kit. If it is in your budget I would look at a mortising machine. The only thing that wasn’t reworked on this kit was the chisels….. I am happy to say they cut an accurate pocket but the fence was way out of square. If you were to use this tool right out of the box your mortises would be at an angle. The hold down foot was about 1/16” ou...
I’ve taken a step away from the woodworking this week at work. Getting burned out, you know? So the kids are working with leather – wallets, pouches, motorcycle patches, etc. Normal kid stuff. Thought I’d show my personal leather project: Wrapping the handles to my personal (and my work’s) tools. Something about the feel of good ol’ worked in leather around a tool. Feels good in the hand. Also, the kids get more control with the smaller tools, and it te...
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