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...
My Granfather’s name was Amos Leveille (pronounced “lev-ee-ay”) – 1909-1973. Upon my mother’s passing several years ago, I inherited what was left of my his tools. They had been left rusting in my mom’s basement for decades. I have been slowly refurbishing them, and putting them to use. It has been very enlightening, from both a tool and a person history perspective. I have given new life to these pieces, and they have returned the favor! Take a look&...
Again I am plagued with long work days. I’m on a dinner break with one more work meeting tonight. Given this, I thought I would continue the discussion from yesterday. I’m really longing for some shop time. There are a number of factors that you should consider before you decide to purchase an old plane and once you have purchased it if you should restore it. Old hand planes can be found be found in a wide variety of places including garage sales, flea markets, antique store...
And by popular demand here is a quick tour of my new workshop just after the move! Ha!
Well, the bike is gone and the tools are here: I’ll be posting review on some of them here shortly. I spent most of the day in the garage playing with the new tools, and I’m very pleased. The only thing I haven’t used much is the inflatable drum sander, but that’s more for the wife than for me.
With my straight line cutter complete, I moved on to the slicing gauge. This tool, along with a slicing board (which is really just a board with a lip to hold the inlay material up against) allows you to cut (a ripping action) long thin strips from your inlay sheet stock. This is the first part of making the inlay material itself. Here is my ‘raw materials’ shot. I went with a curly spalted maple body, and a Sipo cutter support bar left over from the previous tool’s offcuts....
This is a blog entry that I am using to collect information on sharpening. I will be updating this information periodically as I come across additional information. Please feel free to contribute information if you desire. Sharpening Books The Complete Guide to Sharpening by Leonard Lee – Covers sharpening of tools in general. I own this book. Taunton's COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED guide to SHARPENING by Thomas Lie-Nielsen – I have looked at this book a number of times and wi...
Hello all, I am currently looking to get a band saw to put into my small garage shop. I would be using it for re-sawing (up to 4”) hard and soft woods. There are many to chose from but I would like to get your trusted opinions of 10-14 inch types. Any information and personal experiences you can provide will be useful. I would normally purchase a Canadian machine just because the shipping charges are horrendous at the boarder. Size is deffinatly a factor in this buy as well, my shop ...
Today marks the end of a long week. So I think I will take it easy tonight. Most days have been in excess of 12 hours. But, I’m still hoping to get something productive done over the weekend. Next week I will be traveling to Houston, so there will be little opportunity for creativity. Shortly after I arrived home, my daughter returned from the mailbox with my latest eBay purchase. Yes, it happens to be a handplane. Who could guess? I should try out the series capability and pos...
Once again, I went for some more of that curly spalted maple offcut. I spent some time seeing if I could figure out how to make my own tooling from a spare card scraper, my my first attemps to cut down hardened stock were a pretty big failure. I picked up the L-N cutters, since they’re only $15 and appropriately sized already, and went to town. This is by far the simplest tool in the batch. Really, its just a block of wood with 2 cuts, 2 rabbets, and 4 screws. I didn’t thin...
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