As predicted by a comment from George on my last post but one, I have been neglecting regular woodworking of late in favour of my new toy. Continue reading “To everything there is a season…”
A few weeks ago I found myself in need of a project that might take my woodworking to the next level. Up until now I have tackled very simple projects while I find my feet in the world of hand tool woodworking. I didn’t want to run before I could walk, but I wanted something that was a little more complicated than the small dovetailed boxes I have been pottering about with recently. Tom Fidgen’s book An Unplugged Life provided an ideal suggestion in the form of The Funeral Chair. As I mentioned in my last post, I am sure that seasoned woodworkers would find this project to be quite simple, but bear in mind that I am a noob. Continue reading “The Funeral Chair Part One – Dimensioning and Joinery”
Last year, for dad’s day, my kids very kindly got me a set of Narex bench chisels. Now, I know that they are not high-end chisels, and many a woodworker would probably scoff at them because they aren’t Lie-Nielson or Ashley Isles and didn’t cost the equivalent of the GNP of Ecuador, but for my needs they are perfect. They fit my hands well, they are nicely balanced and they hold an edge well. Also, as a bonus, they came in a nice little box which protects them from surface rust. Continue reading “Yet another box”
It’s been a few days since I announced my upcoming mystery project, and asked if anyone could guess what it will be. Well, there have been a few responses – good guesses all – but all incorrect, and since I doubt that there will be any other guesses I thought I’d reveal true answer. It’s not a herb cutter. It’s not a cigar trimmer. It’s not a device for making dolls house shingles. It is in fact…
I have made a couple of marking gauges recently, both out of walnut offcuts. The one on the left is a centre gauge, for marking the centre line down the length of narrow stock of varying widths. One simply twists the gauge until both pins are in contact with the side of the work piece, and then by dragging the tool down the length of the wood, the marking pin scribes a centre line. Continue reading “Marking Gauges”
Well, we are up to date. The joiners mallet is my most recent completed project. From now on I’ll be posting on projects as they are progressing, so posting might slow down a bit.
The project that I am working on at the moment is a small storage box which features my first hand cut dovetails. In fact they are my first dovetails of any kind.
I was watching one of Tom Fidgen‘s videos a few weeks ago, and he was using what looked like a wooden coping saw – a small bow saw, with a very thin blade. I was intrigued by it, so I did a bit of research and ascertained that it was what is called a Turning Saw.
There are several instructional videos and articles online on how to make one of these saws, and I thought I’d have a crack at one. Continue reading “Turning saw”
This Christmas just gone, my nipper was given some nice new tools in a tote. I’ve set aside a place for them on a shelf under the bench, and from time to time he joins me in the shed to work on a project. Some times it’s a school project, but other times it is just for fun.
Here is a simple box he made, under supervision, earlier this year. I dimensioned the timber for him, but he had a hand in everything else. Continue reading “Porkish chop”