Introduction to Sharpening of Chinese tools One 15th century contractor complained that his craftsmen spent about half of their time sharpening their tools. Considering the fact that Chinese woodworkers had a preference for gnarly old wood, the harder the better, this does not come as a surprise. History of Chinese Sharpening Tools Little has been written about Chinese tools, but almost nothing has been written about Chinese sharpening stones. In his book China at Work, Hommel mention...
i have been working on this or about a month. i got the plan from plansnow. it is made from ash. new photos from an almost complete top!
From Jelly cabinet(Antique Look Jelly Cabinet)From Jelly cabinet(Jelly Cabinet Inside View) I posted this Jelly Cabinet in my projects and was asked to explain how I finished the piece. Thought it would be better to post it here then there.It is Poplar and I usually paint pieces like this but wanted to try something different.I don’t know that I could duplicate the finish on this piece and I’ll do my best to explain how I got the results you see here.My goal was to make the piece look like ...
Well, been thinking about it and now I think it is time to take that first step. Pimping woodworking skills out that is. I have had experience owning and running my own business as a Truck Driver and my parents have experience owning and operating a multi county Ambulance service so I think I have the knowledge that is needed to start a new venture like this. I found a book at Goodwill specifically for making money with woodworking that I read and it helped supercharge my desire to follow ...
I’m headed to the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop next weekend to take a class on Handcut Dovetails. The first day, we practice saw sharpening. So, rather than practice on one of the “good” saws, I found an old Disston that was in need of some serious help. I figured what’s the worse that can happen. So here she is: Really rusty for sure, but surprisingly the handle is in good shape, and the saw plate is straight as well. I might just be able to get a working sa...
I have a Walnut table top I have put attached to the frame. What are your thoughts for a finish, what should I use. I don’t want to worry about water spots or something warm being put on it and the finish peeling up. This is really far out of my league I have never built anything like this I just need some great advice please!!!![IMG]http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae37/nattnaifeh/table2.jpg[/IMG]http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae37/nattnaifeh/table2.jpg
Have you ever started a project, given yourself a budget and a time frame… and then well… you go over budget… and you need that new tool… oh and you got busy, or had to redo something… and well… If you haven’t; welcome to woodworking. I’m sure you’ll enjoy your first project and many more to come. At the start of 2009 I decided I wanted to build a new workbench. I was taking on a new job so I decided 12 months would be a good time fr...
So here is my second blog series, for lacking of a better term, the “old school butt hinge.” It does not have to be old school, but it is. Why? It takes time, practice, skill, and work to make this almost lost style of hinge work. Thats why we are here, to learn wood working, practice makes perfect, and I will now introduce the hinge: Of course there are left and right hinges… so pay attention. This is the typical straight leaved hinge. You notice the holes,...
Chinese ToolboxesSay you are a Chinese woodworker and, during your seven years of apprenticeship you have made a full set of tools. Because much of your work will be on site, you will have to find yourself a toolbox to carry your tools around. Introduction to Chinese ToolboxesOn first sight toolboxes are simply boxes to hold and transport tools. Upon further inspection one quickly realizes that toolboxes are fairly complicated tools that must meet many often conflicting requirements. On on...
So someone asked about seeing tools, well the one I built is unfortunately at the moment redundant, and the shop where I work has existing cabinets. They are probably 60 years old or so, but that does not matter, this is a Traditional cabinet, and things do not change much in tradition. ;-) I would also like to mention that the pics are from 2 different cabinets. As well I would like to cover a variant of the door design, instead of a mostly hidden endgrain hardwood munton, this version...
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