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Record Power CL1 36 lathe

Record Power CL1 36 lathe

984 days ago by mafe | 10 comments »

Record Power CL1 36 I promised some LJ’s to make a review of my lathe. It’s a Record CL1 36, it’s no longer in production, this is how they presented it: The CL1 fills the gap between the DML Lathes and larger CL3, ideally suited to satisfy the more demanding turner who doesn’t require the big bowl capacities offered by the CL3 or CL4. The CL1 is a heavy weight cast iron lathe with solid chromed bed bars; in fact these are the same bed bars which are fitted...

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The workbench book

The workbench book

1034 days ago by mafe | 14 comments »

The workbench bookA craftsman’s guide to workbenches for every type of woodworking.by: Scott Landis ISBN-10: 1561582700 ISBN-13: 978-1561582709 A craftsman’s guide to workbenches for every type of woodworking. This part of the title is where this books really stands out. It is not just a how to build a fancy workbench and where to buy the hardware book, it is a real workbench book. What do I mean by this?Where some books are written for the hobbyist, then this book is a b...

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One good turn

One good turn

1035 days ago by mafe | 9 comments »

One good turnA natural history of the screwdriver & the screw.By: Witold Rybczynski This is a wonderful little book, the write set out to tell about the best tools of our millennium, and end up discovering and telling the history of the screw… On this discovery we go back in time to the Romans, the Egyptians and we people like Leonardo and Archimedes all in a wonderful style of writing. What is this book?It is a serious documentation of the history of the screw, but told in...

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The workbench book

The workbench book

1037 days ago by mafe | 56 comments »

I have asked LJ to remove this review, but due to a number of personal mails with requests from my fellow LJ’s, I re post it here, I think you are all right at the end ‘we may not let us control by the few.. The workbench bookA craftsman’s guide to workbenches for every type of woodworking.by: Scott Landis A craftsman’s guide to workbenches for every type of woodworking. This part of the title is where this books really stands out. It is not just a how to build a...

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A Museum of early American tools

A Museum of early American tools

1038 days ago by mafe | 16 comments »

A Museum of early American toolsby: Eric Sloane Again a book I was recommended, this time by our fellow LJ littlecope who got his from his father. It is a book of illustrations with short texts that explains the tools and their use.For those of us that are curious about old traditional hand tools, this book is a pearl, not only does it show us the tools and tell us the story, but it is also so beautifully illustrated that you can enjoy it as a art piece. I do not have a lot of wo...

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The Complete Woodworker

The Complete Woodworker

1039 days ago by mafe | 23 comments »

The Complete WoodworkerAnd he was telling the truth! Book title: The Complete WoodworkerBy: Bernard E JonesEdition: 1935 (first edition: 1917).Bought via E-bay:Price 35AU$ Shipping 30AU$Highgate, South Australia, Australia New print:ISBN-10: 0898150221 ISBN-13: 978-0898150223 I was recommended this book from a fellow LJ David when I made my not so positive review of Schwarz Anarchist book, he wrote me this: “The Complete Woodworker.” ‘The book is an apprentice’s instructiona...

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Black iron oxide for chalk line

Black iron oxide for chalk line

1049 days ago by mafe | 17 comments »

Black iron oxidefor the chalk line A friend told me about the use of black iron oxide for the chalk line, this has been used as pigment all the way back to my ancestors the Vikings. It is a water resistant and inexpensive product of nature. So I bought a Stanley chalk line roll and filled it up with this black iron oxide, and tested it on a piece of work that are Japanese inspired, this because they usually use the ink line, but I find that a bit messy. SO what happened?The line s...

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Tools: Working Wood in Eighteenth-Century America

Tools: Working Wood in Eighteenth-Century America

1054 days ago by mafe | 10 comments »

Tools: Working Wood in Eighteenth-Century AmericaBy: James M. Gaynor, Nancy L. Hagedorn ISBN-10: 0879350989 ISBN-13: 978-0879350987 This is a really interesting book telling and illustrating for us the history of woodworking tools in America (and Europe since it was where it came from).The author’s document in a interesting way how the tools were traded, sold and show us selected tools of each period.It is a orgy of wonderful old tools, tool boxes, tool chest’s and paintings, and throu...

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The Anarchist's Tool Chest

The Anarchist's Tool Chest

1054 days ago by mafe | 152 comments »

Review of The Anarchist’s Tool ChestBy: Christopher Schwarz I have just re written the review slightly since I after reading it again could see that I could be read wrong in some passages, that they could be read like ‘personal’, I belive what is left now is not more personal than Schwarz’s choose to put us inside in his book. I never meant to harm Schwarz’s I try to review a book.(I posted a mark in the comments so you can se where the old and new comments is). Before I sta...

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500workshop tips & jigs

500workshop tips & jigs

1054 days ago by mafe | 9 comments »

500workshop tips & jigsBy: Stuart Lawson ISBN-10: 1861084234 ISBN-13: 978-1861084231 When someone promises you 500 things in one book you should use your mind and say; Naaaaaaaa…I didn’t and regret that.This book have some good tips, a few jigs that are useful and so on, but it never explains well and the illustrations are not well enough made to show the full story. So sorry, I’m sad to say this book is not worth the money, but even more than I was not clever enough to figure th...

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