For quite some time I have been contemplating a workbench that I could pack in the car, with a small set of tools, so I could do a bit of handwork during my lunch breaks. The thing that has always stopped me is the worry of wood movement due to the temperature extremes in the car. But when I think of it I don’t want to do my major projects out there, even if I just practiced joinery I think it would serve the purpose of helping to ease my stress levels. So here comes the tricky parts...
I use a lot of “found” wood, it usually has to be split into smaller pieces to work with. One of the main tools I will need is the wood wedge. Starting with a bow saw and a hatchet, I cut some trees where Ms. Charming and I are clearing out around our garden. A couple of these were dogwoods. Dogwood is easily cut with a sharp axe when “green”, but when it is dry, it is extremely tough and difficult to work with edge tools. This toughness really make it good wedge m...
Craftsman-Sears, is like Charlie Sheen, either you love them, or you hate them. But I fall into a category that Ithink many fall into: The quiet MAJORITY. We know what we want, can afford, and can live with. Each time I get a new tool, I increase my productivity and ability to overcome problems with workable solutions because I have the tooling that allows me to use alternative techniques. As a new woodworker, with only six years experience, Craftsman, has been a big part of my wood worki...
Have you ever gotten the feeling that if only you’d known more at the start of something, you’d have saved yourself a whole lot of time, effort, and money? Maybe it’s just the learning process, but there are a few things I wish I’d known ahead of time before I began buying hand tools for woodworking. In my attempt to document my own progress with the craft, hopefully I’ll provide a little insight into how I managed to assemble a working set of tools. Admittedl...
The weather has been nice lately. Nice enough to work in the garage without a jacket. You’d think I’d be stepping up the conversion of my garage, but instead I’ve been letting myself get distracted, wanting to actually build things. So last weekend I made a crosscut sled, and tried my hand at a box joint jig. The crosscut sled was a success, the shop made runners seem to be working, and the accuracy is impressive, with less than half a millimeter off square over 36R...
Yesterday had a Delta 22-560 planer show up on Craigslist for $50, so after a call and drive out to New Caney, I became the proud owner. It’s been sitting in the shop, unused, for quite some time, and has a go of rust on it along with some general attention required, but at that price it’s what I expect. So. A while back someone had an entry about what type of shop you could put together for X amount of money. To date I’ve spent around $1000 American and have acqui...
Hi all, just picked up a 6” jointer. A bit rusty as the previous owner apparently doesn’t take care of tools. I picked up som enaval jaeely from Canadian Tire, and tomorrow, I’m going to give the exp[osed parts a good cleaning, then paste wax to keep tem shiny. I plan to take it apart and do a proper cleaning and re-paint, bring it back to life; but in the meantime, I have some top plates to joint. I’m re-building an oud, an arabian instrument that is the direct gre...
.... Soap and a warning..... Remember this is a travel into a new world for me and I will try different methods along the way ... Feel free to smile , luagh ,come with comments and advice´s along the way ,since most of what I write , you proppebly already know ..The only thing you have to do, to have the oppetunity for it , is to submit to my punishment of the english language and sick humor.what I do hope is that you can pick up one or two things you can use yourself and enjoy the j...
... with a little luck….with a little luck…..and some help from my sister, handtools ..... I have over the year always talked about how great and fantastic possibillity it is for you to have acces to fleamarkets and other places where it is possible to buy good used beautyfull handtoolsmore or less rusty but with a little albowe grease and knowledge is going to bee great users again I have envy you alot when I have seen your toolgloats witch has cost mee many green bulbs and...
Since I cannot at this moment show my workshop as I am in search of a space, even though I have bought the machines and still in boxes. What I can do is to show the photos of my machines, some of the tools & accessories, don’t have photos for everything. <div></div>
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