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The old time woodshop journals #46: A book worth more than just shavings

170 days ago by jjw5858 | 4 comments »

What book is that? Oh, it is the rereleased printing of Wille Sundqvist’s “Swedish Carving Techniques” For a few years now this fine book has become a sort of cult classic and being that this book was out of print the powers that be that did have it for sale were sure to put a hefty price tag on it. I have seen copies in various condition ranging anywhere from $150-$500…..yeah…..It pays to wait. Finally about 8 months or so back this book by popular demand ...

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Workbench #3: Preparing for draw-boring (dowels jig that finally works for me!)

496 days ago by yuridichesky | 7 comments »

While my leg vise hardware is still being machined to mate screw and the wheel I’ve been working on the legs. In particular got ready for draw-boring. My target was 10mm pegs (3/8” approx). I made them from rough oak stock: first planed it a little, then ripped into beams and planed square blanks about 11×11mm (7/16” approx), so I had about 1mm allowance (1/32” approx). Then I rounded them roughly with the block plane: At this point dowels w...

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Saw Talk #28: Sharpening Western Saws - Full Length Instructional Video

403 days ago by Brit | 107 comments »

Aimed at those new to saw sharpening, this instructional video is 2 1/4 hours long and covers the theory, the tools and the practice of sharpening western saws. You get to look over my shoulder as I sharpen four saws – two backsaws and two hand saws. I’ll explain the saw sharpening process and how you apply it to different scenarios. I really hope you find it useful. As to the production quality, I’ve done the best I could. I had to record it outside, so there is a bi...

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Saw Talk #11: More Thoughts on Sharpening Backsaws

827 days ago by Brit | 56 comments »

I’ve been hesitating to post this entry on my Saw Talk blog series, basically because I don’t feel I’ve sharpened enough saws yet to make any recommendations to others. Instead, I thought I would take the opportunity to point you to some websites that I have found helpful. I have read most of the information available on the web on this subject and the links below are what I consider to be the best information for those new to sharpening. If you are serious about finding out about this subjec...

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Exercises in Artisanship #10: Creating a saw till with what ya got! PART 3

792 days ago by jjw5858 | 12 comments »

Hi friends here we are again back in the shop and making and marking up the next to do’s for this saw till project I have been working on. This project is just what is needed for my fast growing collection of handsaws as you will see…..lol. This is a piece that has brought some more expansion in the learning of joinery, and getting a chance to exercise some new lessons learned. Pic 1-2: I needed to make a pair 1×2 mortice’s on each side for my rail to joint into t...

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Saw Talk #8: File Holder for Jointing Saws and Scrapers

853 days ago by Brit | 55 comments »

Before I can sharpen my backsaws, I need to make two things: a file holder for jointing the teeth and a saw vise. I was going to post both of these items together, but I think the file holder deserves its own post. A file holder is also useful for jointing hand scrapers. Some people don’t bother with a file holder and just hold the file with their hands, but it’s easier to keep the file perpendicular to the teeth using a holder with a fence that rides against the side of the plate. I’ve seen ...

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Hand Saws #5: Hand Saw restore references.

1035 days ago by Don W | 17 comments »

NOTE: I edit this and add sites from time to time. Also note I am not associated with any of these in any way. Also, just because its listed, Its not a referral, some I’ve used, some I have not. Use it as if you found it on your own. My Saws, using collecting, cleaning and buying threadAnd Andy's Saw Talk A MUST SEE Andy's Sharpening Western Saws - Full Length Instructional Video Other Reference Siteshttp://www.cianperez.com/Wood/WoodDocs/WoodHowTo/INDEXHowTo.htm lumberjocks blogs...

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The Humble Hand Brace - A Beginner's Guide to Restoring, Buying and Using #1: Part 1 - Restoring a Brace to 'Like New' Condition

1061 days ago by Brit | 59 comments »

In a recent tool gloat, dakremer showed off three lovely braces he’d purchased and said “Now I just have to learn how to restore this kind of thing”. WayneC was first to congratulate him and then proceeded to drop me in it (only joking) by saying “Brit has lots of experience in restoring braces”. Later in the comments dakremer said he would love to restore at least one of them to like new condition. Always a sucker for punishment, I agreed to do a blog on restoring a hand brace and I’ve...

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Vacation pictures of Fort Ross, back in the days.

1099 days ago by PaBull | 2 comments »

We took a two week vacation with 8 of our kids in our motor home and went North to visit the coast just North of San Francisco by Manchester and a later a week in the Redwoods by Myers Flat. The reason for this post is the stop at Fort Ross. On the way to the KOA campground in Manchester along the 1, we stopped at Fort Ross. For the full history check http://www.fortrossstatepark.org/. But it all started in 1812. This fort was pretty much completely rebuild by volunteers and no...

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Handplane Restoration #30: English Wooden Chamfer Plane

1101 days ago by WayneC | 26 comments »

This is a recent eBay purchase. I am posting this for Mads. He would like to make one and requested some photos. This plane is 6 inches long by 2 inches wide and the body is 2 1/2” Tall. There is a wood insert at the mouth that make the overall plane approximately 3 inches tall. The blade is 8 inches long 1 1/2 inches wide and is a little over 1/8 inch thick. The blade is marked The blade is marked J. Herring and Sons, England and has the image of a fish above the name. The...

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