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...
Used tools: Often a great bargain, occasionally a spectacular bargain, sometimes a puzzle, rarely but delightfully a chance to acquire something with soul and a story to go along with it. Clamps are certainly about the least glamorous of all our toys, er, tools. But you can’t have enough, as the adage goes, and because they don’t make noise or sawdust or plug in, they don’t have much emotional draw. I’ve managed to bridge that and make it a passion to find an...
Used mostly for cleaning out little knotholes that will be filled, often by epoxy tinted with lampblack, these devices can be purchased readily at American Science and Surplus. Another garage sale purchase: A small box with a web stretcher, a tack hammer (with magnetic ends), a bag needle and this high quality tack remover. Brand name is “G. W. Mount.” Very effective as designed, and it also works well for staples.
As I have grown older, now 62, I have found that whenever possible I use both smaller power tools and even smaller hand tools. I often turn to my power hand tools instead of using my table saw or even my bandsaw. Instead I use my jig saw and small power saw (5-1/2” blade) with the necessary straight-edge jigs. My block plane is my best friend and I made sanding blocks from sections of hand railing (about 6” long). This along with moving to more non-powered hand tools seems to make...
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Working on a clock today, I was happily sanding away making the side of the base perfectly smooth and 90 to the top surface when a thought popped into my mind. I thought to myself, how on earth did I do this before my amazing oscillating spindle sander came into my life, and then it hit me! How many other tools have I bought over the years and completely taken for granted without a thought to the ease and time savings it’s brought to my life? Before, I would have used numerous shop made...
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.
Did a bit of unplanned shopping today. Had to pick up a book for some hints on redoing a set of stairs this week. New oak treads, risers, double rails with 24 spindles on each side and open (that’s right open) beneath! No kneewall, or partial boxing in to allow myself to run the spindles down to a diagonal piece… just drywall to box in the existing supports…. but I digress. So while I was searching for that book…. I’ve been hankering for a new drill, rather an...
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...
I purchase a used old shopsmith and a few tools about 3mo ago for a couple hundred bucks. Last night while turning a pen the motor started to loose power and eventually stopped. I turned off the switch and let it set a few miniutes and tried to power it up again but no luck. This morning I turned it on and it turned about 10sec. and stopped. Any hope or is the motor shot?
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