A Stanley 5 Jack planeA Board ScribeA Draw Knife Each is marked with my Paternal Grandfather’s initials. A neat side note is that I have the die stamps that he used to mark these tools! A Monster MalletA Smith-made draw knifeEggbeater Drill These belonged to my Maternal Grandfather A Stanley 5 jack planeA Stanley 4 smooth planeA Revenoc transitional smooth plane These also belong to my Maternal Grandfather When I get a lull in projects, I need to spend abo...
After much work, I had finally gotten my tools pretty much gathered. Now, I can’t find some of them, namely most of my chisels. What the heck? Of course, it’s all good. I had bought some Japanese chisels from Grizzly that, while they worked just fine, I just wasn’t particularly happy with them. The problems had nothing to do with the metal or anything that mattered, it was purely style. I’ve found that I’m not particularly fond of Japanese style tools fro...
Ordered the Steel City 11/2hp 65200 dust collector today. Got a good deal at ToolKing. $100 rebate and free shipping. Final price $299. Now the wait for delivery. It’s like Christmas all over again. :)
As an apartment dweller there are a few things that just drive me crazy. I am working on a project right now that has taken me a while to complete. I have been building two end tables for our apartment, because as a newly wed we have very little furniture. The problem is that they are 50 miles away at my father in laws garage. This is a real pain in my butt because not only do I have to drive if I want to do anything, but also I get the itch to go out and tinker durring the week and really ca...
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.
Well, I’m very late in my posting the latest in the tools journey, but I did indeed move the last of the family tools into my shop. I ended up letting go of one or two, a metal working lathe in need of tlc and a user better suited to that craft, rather than me relegating it to small time woodwork, it is now being used by a father and son who do metalworking together, a fitting home. The proceeds went into buying a Rikon Mini vs lathe, which suites my needs perfectly. And sadly the bands...
Now I have a pair of tongs and a pair of spurtles right next to the stove. Why do I seem to be making my own tools in pairs? At least I think I’ll get more use out of the tongs than the (so far unused) spurtles. At least they were educational when I was learning how to turn them! I won’t stop at two tongs though. I have a pair of whisk style tongs with plastic handles that have broken. I should be able to epoxy the business end of the tool into a matching oak handle. The...
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Today was a very productive day. I had a some time to ruff turn my big black walnut blank and put it on the shelve to dry completely. There also was some time to finish my walnut root bowl and the small cherry bowl. I’m still improving my skill set with every bowl that’s finish. I must say if I look back at the first day I started turning and successfully broke a tool whiles impaling a peace of test wood into my garage wall. I’m much more comfortable with the different speed of the lathe and ...
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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