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...
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...
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.
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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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...
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.
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...
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...
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