I was digging through a box of woodworking magazines and books that I had stashed away for the past ten years and came across a copy of Harry J Hobbs 1935 booklet “Working With Tools.” This is a 90 page guide to building things with hand tools. To buy all of the hand tools on the list of tools he suggests for a small shop and additional tools it would have cost you $33.75. Since the average yearly wage at that time was $1,600 a year, to set up a complete shop of hand tools it would cost ...
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...
Just before we left on our trip, my parents came up from Florida to visit in the last week in October. With them, besides lots of laughs and smiles and good times with the grandkids, they brought me some of my Dad’s tools that had been collecting dust down in the sunshine state. He decided that since he wasn’t really doing anything with them, he’d rather see them in my shop making sawdust rather than collecting dust. Who am I to argue with the wisdom of my father? Espe...
First of all, I want to thank everyone for their input from yesterdays blog. I read all your thoughts and carefully considered everything that was said. The thing about working on my own the way I do is that sometimes it is hard to see all sides of things. I have three cats here who I consider ‘co-workers’ – although their jobs are more of the ornamental variety, and a partner who is kind of too close to the situation to give a good unbiased opinion. I guess that is why ...
Here’s a couple of pictures of just a few from a box of tools that have just been donated to the museum where I do voluntary work. They’re mostly in cast brass. My thoughts were that they’re for decorative plaster work. Can anyone confirm? Any other ideas?Tiles are 6” to give a guide as to sizes.
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’ve been a “collector” of power tools for some time now…usually every year with my bonus I would go out and get a tool…first came my Delta Contractors Saw. With a saw like that, I told my wife, I can build you great things… The next year it was my Delta 14” Band Saw. The band saw was just the ticket to start making fine furniture to fill our house…no longer would I be a slave to the local furiture store… Next was my Festool Circul...
Yesterday, I took every tool that was in my main tool chest out of the box and cleaned and vacuumed out the box. While I was at it I laid my tools out on the work bench and cleaned and inspected them and took some of the bigger Stanley planes apart one at a time and cleaned all the parts. The iron in three of the planes needed sharpening so I did that before I reassembled them. I then put a few of the tools and put them in other drawers instead and put some other tools with these because this...
This is not exactly a restoration story. But it explains a bit about what is to come. Birdhouse By this time we had taken our first woodworking class. I had gotten a little interested in woodworking by a book my mom had given me. We had also started shopping for furniture and seen how expensive it was. Around the house I had built a fence and a small garden bench. At a garden store one day we saw a cute little bird house for around $25. “I bet I can make that,” I said....
I’ve been lagging on getting these pics up since this past Saturday. I’ve been busy in the garage, and tonight I went to see a taping in Hollywood of an episode of a TV show that my old friend from college wrote. It’s his first written episode, and it was a good time. Anyway, Anderson Plywood is in west LA, just north of the Washington/Sepulveda intersection: It didn’t look like there was too much to see walking up from the nearby lot: However, I k...
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