Category: Woodworking

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,  both 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

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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

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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!

And really enjoy your chisels Every once in a while 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 …

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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

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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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Building a dollhouse

Building the perfect doll house Growing up as a boy with only one sister I can’t say that I have ever spent much time thinking about doll houses. However, having a young granddaughter can change all that that in a hurry. One look at her and I was ready for my crash course in the …

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Home brewed oil finishes

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One of the first finishes I ever put on a  project, now over 40 years ago was a boiled linseed oil finish. It was simple and cheap and there was no way to mess it up really. It was not long though before I read somewhere that you could make an even better oil finish …

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