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Hand Tools Odyssey #4: Smoothing Plane Restorations

1756 days ago by gizmodyne | 7 comments »

Our next project in class tune a smoothing plane. We bought a No. 3 Stanley for Kristin at the Swap Meet and I bought a Stanley No. 4C on E-Bay. My plane before tuning. Step 1: Flatten Sole or pay a guy to do itThe sole of the plane before grinding. We set up wet-dry paper on a granite plate and tested the soles. Given the condition of our planes, we decided to take our teacher up on an offer to send the planes to his machinist friend who ground the soles and squared one cheek f...

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Techniques & Methods #1: Scary Sharp Method

2266 days ago by PurpLev | 28 comments »

so just like every other woodworker at one point (what’s up with the other every other woodworkers is beyond me…) I was researching and learning about ways to sharpen my chisels, planes, and other blade tools in the shop. Since I am the weekend warrior at this point, and I do not need to resharpen my tools THAT often, nor THAT much, I figure that I can do without any expensive powertools (there are several of those on the market) to sharpen blades and I dont really have the spa...

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Handplane Reference #3: Handplane Related Videos

2709 days ago by WayneC | 4 comments »

This is a collection of handplane related videos. This is intended primarily as a personal reference, but feel free to suggest additions and comment on the content: I own the following videos/DVDs: RECLAIMING FLEA MARKET PLANES VIDEO WITH ERNIE CONOVER – Excellent vide on how to restore old handplanes. Sharpening Woodworking Tools with Leonard Lee – good video on sharpening Hand Tool Techniques Part 1: Plane Sharpening by David Charlesworth – If your interested ...

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Arts & Crafts Night Stands #2: Going Topless...

1836 days ago by CaptainSkully | 6 comments »

I’ve been working the graveyard shift all week (which has seriously impeded my woodworking habit), helping my defacto brother-in-law with his concrete polishing business. It’s pretty cool, especially if you start with the right concrete, dye, aggregate, etc. I was seriously thinking about making the tops for my night stands out of polished black concrete. It would look like granite, only I could do it myself (with his help). It would be water resistant, if sealed properly, so ...

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Arts & Crafts Night Stands #7: Glue & Mold

1794 days ago by CaptainSkully | 0 comments »

After finishing the parts with TransTint #6003 Reddish Brown and three coats of hand-rubbed poly, I was able to glue them up. It went reasonably well. This design doesn’t have a back panel, so it’s easy for it to get out of square. I glued one of the shelves in backwards, but learned my lesson on the second one. After cooking for a couple of hours, they went into the house to get out of the garage. It was now time for me to start working on the concrete tops. My brothe...

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router jigging: edge guide and mortise

1832 days ago by AaronK | 5 comments »

So the next step in expanding my routing power is to get that thing banging out mortises – i like the idea of loose tenons, so I looked for a jig design with that flexibility built in. The router is by far the most accurate tool in my shop, much more so than my table saw, so that how i’ve been leaning. anyway, I looked at some jigs, most significantly the ones one these pages:http://www.woodsmith.com/issues/147/videos/setting-up-and-using-the-router-jig/http://thecraftsmanspath...

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Tenoning Jig

2023 days ago by Joe Watson | 6 comments »

a few weeks ago i starting trying to build a project using mortise and tenon because its something I had never done before. Started by building the Tenoning Jig, and I was happy with the results. Frontside of Jig;Backside of Jig; I cut the mortise with forstner bits I just got for christmas. then the tenon on the new jig. after mitering the tenons i did my first test fit of a corner. This is my first exercise in mortise and tenon and its been alot of fun. I hope to get better...

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