Category: Woodworking

Never practice your mistakes

  Things music taught me Before I was anything else, I was a musician. My mother was a church organist and a choir director. Some of my earliest memories are of sitting on the end of a pipe organ bench looking up at all those pipes listening to my mother practice. When I came of …

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Building a small frame saw

frame saw parts

I have a great rip saw. It is an old Disston that has been re-sharpened almost out of existence. But it has the cool tote with the hole for my index finger, it feels good in my hands and cuts like crazy. However, there are jobs that are better done with other types of saws. …

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My work bench turns 30

my benches

I don’t have a Roubo bench or a Nicholson bench. But I do Have two benches that have been with me for a long time. They have both undergone changes over the years, ┬áboth cost me next to nothing to build, and they are both better now than ever. So I thought I would give …

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A new tote for an old friend

New_Tote

Finally fixed my ol’ #26 Stanley. I bought this plane about 6 years ago at a flea market for 3 dollars. The sole was completely useless so I immediately put a new maple and purpleheart sole on it. The back tote was broken but tight so I did not worry about it at the time. …

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Building the Melencolia plane

melencolia_plane

My next project (I hope). Like many woodworkers I have been fascinated by Durer’s “Melencolia I” woodcut. It is filled with amazing details and more than a few sweet tools. I have already made a couple of “Melencolia Squares” and have even had a wack at reproducing the batten in the lower right corner. But …

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Oh, Strop it!

Strop

And really enjoy your chisels Every once in awhile I discover something, purely by chance, that is so obvious that I absolutely can not believe I never saw it before. Recently I had just such an epiphany through simple laziness. I have used several systems of sharpening over the 40+ years I have been involved with …

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It takes 100 years to grow a tree

Form over function, style over quality, the never ending quest for acceptance and validation from a culture with no anchor and no compass.

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Building a plane to match my plow plane

finished

Recently I built a fixed fence style plow plane that cuts a 1/4″ groove 1/4″ from the edge of the material. I did this to avoid building a good movable fence which very likely would have been more work than building the rest of the plane. I realized as I thought about it, that most …

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Faux Follansbee chest in reclaimed lumber

When you don’t have nice fresh Oak… I have admired Peter Follansbee’s coffer chests since the first time I saw one on the WoodWrights shop. I grew up where there was a lot of Oak so I have always had a soft spot in my heart for anything Oak. However for the last 25 years …

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Building a plow plane

finished plow plane

Building the 1/4″ plow plane Once again I needed a tool and decided to build it rather than buy it or use the power tool equivalent. I have done this before with a molding plane. This weekend that tool was a 1/4″ plow plane patterned after the groove cutting half of a tongue a groove …

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