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Blog series by terryR updated 67 days ago 12 parts 12745 reads 174 comments total

Part 1: Chip-Carving Style Knife

297 days ago by terryR | 21 comments »

Most of you who already know me, know I like to make knives. No, I LOVE making knives. Every since an ol’ master taught me to refine my flint knapping skills, it’s been a constant addiction in my life! But, a knife is a such a simple tool with multiple uses…and can be expressed in so many artistic manners…they are easily addictive IMO. Plus, what a great chance to practice gluing techniques, wood shaping, minor joinery, and possibly carving? Here’s a special one with a...

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Part 2: More marking gauges

294 days ago by terryR | 10 comments »

More marking gauges? Yes, I made a few for practice during the Marking Gauge Swap this past Spring… cherry… ...and Rambutan… I soon changed out that black steel thumbscrew above for one of shiny brass, though!And, finally, this one came out good enough for a gift… (made from Bubinga and brass, and a shop-made O1 steel blade. heavy, heavy) So….why ANOTHER one? Hmmmm……….for practice. My shop skills seem rusty since I’ve been swinging a framing hammer and...

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Part 3: Warming Closet

272 days ago by terryR | 12 comments »

Sorry, no hand-cut dovetails, or fancy inlays this blog…time for some work on the shop itself… For those of you who’ve never been as far South as Alabama, and don’t think we see cold weather, let me change your mind. LOL. No, we don’t get many Nor’easters, or tons of snow, but here in the mountains of N. AL, the weather is fickle. And, winter hath suddenly arrived with low temps at night below freezing on a regular basis. (An important event when you collect wate...

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Part 4: Warming Canopy

214 days ago by terryR | 8 comments »

Hello everyone, more on Global Warming in this blog… Last installment, I built a crappy warming closet for glues and finishes, and it’s working great, but now I need a warm place large enough for a tool chest to sit while the Titebond3 cures. In my head, I could picture a covered wagon sort of structure which would cover my table saw and outfeed table…add a space heater, and a tarp and we are in business! I had seen similar builds using pex as the support for the outer...

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Part 5: Sargent 3416 Restoration

201 days ago by terryR | 8 comments »

Hi everyone, just wanted to share some quick results from a recent product experiment…Turtle Wax Rubbing Compound. Nearly everyone I know cleans vintage tools with some combination of BLO, soap, and spirits…or a secret solution containing one of the above. However, recently, LJ buddy CFrye uncovered this article on The Best Things:http://www.thebestthings.com/toolfaqs.htm The author is mostly dealing with collectable tools, but admits any fine tool should be cared for...

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Part 6: Cherry Tobacco Pipe

183 days ago by terryR | 13 comments »

Hi everyone, more eye candy in this blog since I’m having a go at a wooden tobacco pipe for the first time. Why? Are you kidding! Pipes are tools as old as spoons and bowls…important stuff! And you guys already know I want to be a tool maker. :) Actually, I should blame the current Pipe Swap that’s just begun for pushing me to try this now… In my quest to learn more about Native American life, I’ve carved a couple of pipes from stone, using simple tools. ( ...

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Part 7: Gramercy Rasp Gets New Handle

165 days ago by terryR | 17 comments »

Well, this is a short blog that I sorta wish I didn’t have to share, but not every day in the shop is cherry… Was shaping a little smoking pipe from Briar the other day, when the handle came off my year old Gramercy Saw Tote Maker’s Rasp. I was sorta shocked! The hand-stitched teeth in the steel really make this a fine user, but less so without the handle. Upon closer inspection, I could see no evidence that the handle’s hole, the steel’s tang, or the brass ferrule had ever seen s...

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Part 8: Two More Pipes

146 days ago by terryR | 16 comments »

Hi everyone, another short blog in an attempt to get caught up with shop activities… First, for those who don’t know me, I have an addictive personality. So, when I create something in the shop that turns out better than I anticipated, or was more fun than I expected…I just HAVE to make another one. LOL. ...wooden arrows, pine needle baskets, and wood-burned gourds come to mind. This month it’s wooden tobacco pipes! :) I learned a ton from my first attempt, and after Jimt...

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Part 9: Split Nut Driver

143 days ago by terryR | 10 comments »

Hi everyone, another short blog in an attempt to get caught up with shop activities… I have an 1870‘s Shelton and Sons back saw that I’m trying to bring back to life. Tote is in aweful shape; missing the lower half with the sexy lamb’s tongue, missing half of upper horn, many cracks…As you can tell, I’m looking for an excuse to replace it. LOL. Actually, that decision is still up for committee to decide, but before anything can happen, the old brass split nuts HAVE to be rem...

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Part 10: Red Oak Cat Shelf

112 days ago by terryR | 20 comments »

Hello Everyone, time for another blog from The Farm… In addition to the goats, pigs, and chickens, The Wife and I also have too many cats on this place! LOL. Four cats live inside with us, plus one in the barn, two live in the back yard, and at least two frequently visit for food. I guess I take after my Dad who was known as “The Cat Man” by the local vet’s office…I just love cats. The barn kitty hangs with me in the shop when I’m working, the other o...

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Part 11: Pipes 4 and 5

81 days ago by terryR | 25 comments »

Hello everyone…still trying to get caught up with shop activities… I’ve managed to become quite addicted to Pipe Craft, and still blame it on the recent Pipe Swap. The exactness required for the airflow, and the contrast of non-conforming exterior shapes just pulls me in. To make a good pipe, it seems you need good calipers, and artistic imagination. A metal turning lathe would be nice, but only a drill press and hand tools are required. Your mileage may vary. LOL. ...

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Part 12: Pipe for LJ Swap

67 days ago by terryR | 14 comments »

Hello everyone,‭ ‬another blog…another pipe. Actually,‭ ‬this one isn’t just another pipe.‭ ‬This was my entry for the LJ Pipe Swap last month…another reason I’ve been practicing pipe craft‭! ‬This finished pipe went to jim65‭ ‬in Italy‭! ‬Very cool.‭ It all started out on paper,‭ ‬of course…here you can see my initial plans for the pipe which included a ring of antler.‭ ‬I had been practicing with antler on the lathe,‭ ‬as you can see on the small cherry p...

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