|Project by Christopher||posted 07-13-2009 11:09 PM||2391 views||4 times favorited||11 comments|
I think these are the second most useful tool in a woodshop, the first one being a pencil. My ex father-in-law, Dale, and I, built 3 sets of these about 12 years ago, he gave me a set as a Christmas gift. He was my mentor for many years and taught me a lot. I had always tried wood working but knew very little about tools and techniques. I used green treated 2×10’s to build my first bathroom shelf, all I had was a drill so I would drill a series of holes across where I wanted the cut and then try to break it off cleanly! I had seen, and coveted, tablesaws and such but had never seen one used. Dale showed me his tools and taught me many of the basics while I simply watched him work, we even discussed the correct terms for dadoes versus rabbits and shaker style versus craftsman (he was always particular about his wood working nomenclature). My ex-wife told him a bunch of scandalous lies about me in the divorce so he wants nothing to do with me now. Unfortunately, I haven’t spoken to him, if only to thank him, since the day she left and even now I miss his advice and guidance on all things wood. Now I have LJ’s and a friend in Mzmac though so there is hope! Any questions, comments or critiques are welcome. Oh, they are made of cedar and I intend to sand them down one day and coat the heck out of it with poly like I promised Dale I would.