I want to apologize if my blog has been the most depressing so far. This week my wife lost her grandmother. If you have been following my posts this past year, we have seen a lot of loss in friends and family. She is in a better place, which in and of itself is a relief. On to some good news. I have spent the past 6 months working on a project for a friend of mine. His office was due for some major updates to it’s network and server. This project has taken a lot out of me, both ...
OK, so maybe following me home is a little bit of a lie. I drove about 1.5 hours to go pick it up. ;-) Almost all the tools in my shop are craigslist finds and for the most part I’ve got all the power tools I need and even whittled down a few that didn’t see much use like a shaper. The last one I’ve been trolling for was mortiser. I looked at a few table top units like the Delta and really didn’t like them. Space being very tight in my shop I wasn’t sure I wan...
FREE BOOKS HERE! GET YOUR FREE BOOKS HERE! I like to read free ebooks, and came upon one “Woodworking Tools 1600-1900” that I thought some of you may enjoy looking at. It is a free book- easy to download. If you don’t use a kindle or a nook or those new fangled reading tools- just click the html option and the book will open right up. I am a total technophobe- and if I can read these ebooks anyone can – believe me. :) I hope you find this book enjoyable. Cons...
Ever since I saw Mafe's router plane I’ve had the desire to make one. As I do most often I look here on LJs for inspiration. Well, I found it. As I searched I came across this gem of a router plane made by Tinnocker. Tinnocker got his inspiration from Mafe’s design as well. I used a picture of Tinnockers design to come up with my version of a router plane. The body of the plane is hard maple. The handles are from some old chair spindles I had laying around, The plane iron is a ...
In the past, most old guys like me jealously protected their shortcuts and tricks to guard their job from competitors. I’ve seen many old fellows actually turn and place their bodies in front of their work to keep someone else from seeing how they did something, and they were not too bashful about doing so either. But, a lot of the old knowledge is disappearing now and some hard-learned things may disappear forever. I’ve learned a few tricks in my six decades of work related experience, and w...
This morning I got up, threw my tool hunting pack and my son in the car and headed out to see what would come our way. We made our way across town to the local Woodcraft store, stopping at a few yard sales along the way. We did not find much of interest other than a trashed yankee drill that happend to have all of its original drill bits in its storage area. A buck later and we were on our way. At Woodcraft, I purchased a Hock blade and chip breaker for use the Record T5 hand plane descr...
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...
I started a new project this afternoon. We have three Maltese dogs and the smallest frequently hides behind one of our couches. My wife asked could I make something to block the young dog’s access to that area and I’ve designed a bracket that will do the trick. Part of the design requires creation of a 2”x2” square recess 3/8” deep in 1/2” plywood. I decided that rather than going freehand with the router that I’d use a template and a guide bushing to...
Some dirty DIY gutterwork.... 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 ofwhat I write , you proppebly already know .the only thing you have to do, to have theoppetunity for it , is to submit to my punishment of the english language and sick humorwhat I do hope is that you can pick up one or two things you can use yourself and enjoy the journey...
This is a collection of handplane related videos. This is intended primarily as a personal reference, but feel free to suggest additions and comment on the content: I own the following videos/DVDs: RECLAIMING FLEA MARKET PLANES VIDEO WITH ERNIE CONOVER – Excellent vide on how to restore old handplanes. Sharpening Woodworking Tools with Leonard Lee – good video on sharpening Hand Tool Techniques Part 1: Plane Sharpening by David Charlesworth – If your interested ...
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