Category: Woodworking

Shaving Horse build

Shave horse (Bodgers Bench)

I have been building chairs and stools for a long time without a Shaving Horse. So why would I really need to build one? Since I have no lathe, I shape all the parts with edge tools. To do this I have been holding the various components in a lot of non-conventional ways. As I …

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Workbench ergonomics and Working rhythm

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Changing things has consequences After several years of working in my shop with little or no change. I felt it was time to shake things up a bit.What did I do? Brace yourself – I added a face vice to my bench and moved my bench about 2 feet. So what? You might ask? Good …

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A stool with a back

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Another prototype I continue my quest for the perfect stool. So over the holidays I set out to make another stool prototype. This time with four legs and a back. Over all this stool is basically the same as the other four legged stool I made however I wanted a stool that provided some support …

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Building a Moxon Vise

Finished Moxon Vise

Before Moxon vises were all the rage I used to make vises as I needed them. I would make them from pipe clamps and threaded rod. For example when I needed a long vise to hold the sides of the chest I was building for my grandson below, I made a vise to hold them. …

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Building a Set of Kitchen Chairs

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It all starts with a prototype Before I started on the project of building a set of kitchen chairs for my son I thought I better build a prototype. Since I had never built a chair before I thought I had best start simple. And what could be more simple than this chair. Four legs …

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Building a compass plane

Compass Plane left view

A compass plane is a tool for carving out concave surfaces, like chair seats and boat parts. However, until recently I have not really considered buying or making one because I was always able to find a workaround.When I started building stools and chairs though, I got more serious about adding some tools to my …

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Examining Stool Samples

Lately, I have been making stools. As I mentioned in a previous post, staked furniture is something I had not done. So I tried it, and as is often the case one thing leads to another and now I have done four of these. With the last three being variations on a theme. So I …

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Building a White Oak Sideboard

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On a recent trip home to visit, I ended up coming home with a trunk load of home sawn White Oak. (Too bad I was not driving a truck 😉 After staring at it for several months in the corner of my shop I finally determined that I would build a small sideboard with it. …

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The "right" amount plane iron camber

perfectshaving

Not another article on plane sharpening! Sharpening a plane, or sharpening anything for that matter is always interesting to talk about. This is because so many people are so sure they have in fact reached sharpening Nirvana. And they can’t wait to tell you about it, and why your way is silly. Nevertheless, I think …

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Three Legged Staked Stool

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My first staked furniture Over the years I have made many stools and such, but up until recently, I have never made anything with staked leg construction. After receiving a Lee Veritas reamer and taper tenon cutter for Christmas (very nice) I had to make something with it naturally so I made a small table …

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