Hand Tools -The Writing Is On The...Shavings

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Project by ChuckM posted 1026 days ago 1294 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wood shavings can be more than just wood scraps to be swept away.

Woodworker Neill M. puts simple messages on them…not after the shavings are made, though. His technique reverses the order, as shown in the photos. I used a Low Angle Jack, L.A. block, #4, and BU smoother and they all worked well. The key is just steady pressure and pace, plus a sharp edge, of course.

Send your next unique message to someone unique in a unique way!

Xmas is around the corner, learn this creative use of shavings as ribbons from woodworker Chris Wong of B.C.: It makes your gift really stand out, doesn’t it?!

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#1 posted 1026 days ago

that is pretty ingenious and a very unique way to send a message – love the idea

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#2 posted 1026 days ago

also love the idea and will try this on my TS with a new blade.


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#3 posted 1026 days ago

That is a great idea.


-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#4 posted 1026 days ago

Pretty cool.

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#5 posted 1025 days ago

Great idea. It reminds me of years ago when I backpacked around Quebec, I was fascinated by all the bark peeling off the Birch trees. I tore off a really nice silver piece and wrote a message for my wife. She still has it (23 yrs later). Its just a shame its just written in ballpoint.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#6 posted 1016 days ago

What a unique way to send notes.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#7 posted 763 days ago

I’ve missed this for 262 days!. Very cool.

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