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Hand Saws #6: A Millers Falls 74c Miter Box

10-02-2011 11:08 PM by Don W | 23 comments »

I’ve wanted a miter box for a while, and had my heart set on a Millers Falls. I’ve looked at a few Stanley’s, but passed mainly due to price. While at an antique shop a short while ago I found this. Its a Millers Falls Langdon Acme Miter Box model 74C. Once i got it home my intend was to just clean it up good and use it. I do remember walking to the shop one evening after work thinking, “maybe I’ll clean up the miter saw”, but I don’t know when it became a com...

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Shop Tips & Tricks #6: Measuring Things - Rulers Versus Tapes

12-08-2012 10:31 PM by GnarlyErik | 16 comments »

“MORE THAN YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SIX-FOOT FOLDING RULES!” Most people today use a flexible metal tape for measurement, except for some old-timers. There are reasons for this besides stubborn intransigence – although that surely plays a part. First, most set-in-their-ways people like me suspect metal things are more affected by temperature than wooden things, which is correct. Steel thermally expands or contracts roughly three times as much as the wood in a ruler. For example,...

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LumberJocks Interviews #3: Dave Bardin

06-30-2014 03:09 PM by Cricket | 31 comments »

The entire time I was reading this story, I was smiling from ear to ear. I want to share it with all of you now. What is your inspiration story? Who did you watch, what was their hobby, and how did you get involved? As a young boy I worked with my father and grandfather learning any and everything they would show me. My dad was brilliant with his hands and could fix almost anything. My grandfather used only hand tools and would get materials from his land. Everything including t...

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Accurately heat treating small tools

11-22-2012 09:16 PM by lwllms | 18 comments »

Let’s see if I can write this without getting real technical. It’d be a good thing because I don’t have a PhD in metallurgy or physics and I don’t fully understand a lot of what’s happening in heat treating tool steel. Like water, tool steel exists in several states. Water can be vapor, water or ice. Tool steel is similar. In its soft state tool steel is made up of ferrite and cementite, iron molecules and iron/carbon molecules. When heated to critical temperature, around 1450° F, th...

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Hand Chopping A Mortise Tutorial

10-23-2009 09:22 PM by stefang | 67 comments »

I described how to hand chop a mortise in a recent comment. Another LJ member asked if I would do a blog with photos on it. I learned this technique some years ago from an article in Woodworker’s Journal by Ian Kirby a master English woodworker who immigrated to the U.S.A. Some time ago. His method is quick and accurate. I hand chop mortises when I have so few to do that it isn’t worth the effort of setting up my mortiser attachment to my combination woodworking machine and/or ...

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Planes restored - Because I can. #3: Making a new tote.

06-03-2011 02:26 AM by Don W | 24 comments »

Today I decided to make a new tote for a plane. This is the first tote I’ve made, so I learned a few things, and I know there will be more. Here is the steps I took. First i downloaded the templates from Lee Valley.I then glued to to the blank and cut it to size. Make the grain parallel to the bottom of the template. I then drilled the holes. Make sure you drill it before you cut it out. First the tote top hole, then I drilled the through hole. I drilled from both sides first, the...

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04-03-2012 12:02 AM by deleteme | 26 comments »


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Tap and Screw Jig Tutorial #1: Intro/Screw Dimensioning

11-25-2011 03:28 AM by CartersWhittling | 49 comments »

Hello. This is a new blog series I am doing. The topic is how to make a tap and screw jig for making large wooden screws. To start I will say that I hope many of the readers find this series useful so they can use the knowledge to make their own screws and nuts for clamps, vises, presses, etc… It took my friend Chris Legendre hours upon hours of research, and the both of us experimenting for months to finally get a functioning tap and screw jig. So my purpose in writing this blog is ...

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17th Century Carved Box - a la Peter Follansbee my way

11-10-2011 10:10 PM by Mauricio | 12 comments »

I just posted this project and I wanted to share some details of the things I learned and some of the obstacles I overcame. Hopefully they will be helpful to someone wanting to tackle this project. The project: I first saw this project on the Woodwright Shop and had to make it. I had never done any carving so there was a steep learning curve. I’ve been working perfecting the design off and on for a year. I have 3 practice boards, each less ugly t...

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dw- Plane notes from the field #1: dw's plane notes - General

06-28-2011 02:14 PM by Don W | 6 comments »

I started a document on one of my computers for notes I keep on plane information. My issue is I have several work laptops, a few personal laptops and travel a lot so keeping the notes in one place is a challenge. I figured this way, I could get to them from anywhere, including my windows 7 phone when looking at buying a plane, and maybe others would find the information useful as well. I’ll try to break up the information into logical units as separate blogs in this series. As alway...

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