Adventures in Working Wood

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Blog series by NinjaAssassin updated 11-13-2014 01:09 AM 6 parts 11785 reads 25 comments total

Part 1: Planes and much sharpening

11-26-2013 04:25 AM by NinjaAssassin | 4 comments »

So I’ve picked up quite a few tools at auctions to start my adventures into woodworking with hand tools (or woodworking at all). Right now I’m focused on cleaning up and sharpening the many hand planes I’ve purchased. Some will stay with me in my shop but I’ll likely end up reselling the others to offset the costs of this decidedly expensive hobby. That’s two #3’s (one not pictured), #4, four #5’s, #6, #7, #110, #220, #80 and I can’t re...

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Part 2: Updates 'n stuff

01-27-2014 05:30 PM by NinjaAssassin | 5 comments »

It’s been a pretty good while since I’ve posted anything to LJ’s so I thought an update was in order… Well, let’s get it out there right now. I haven’t been in the shop since just before Christmas. Between the holidays, visiting family, hunting, and general responsibilities, I just haven’t had time to get to the shop. Prior to my hiatus, I’d cleaned and organized my shop a bit so I could move around and find things easier. I had finish...

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Part 3: Shop time again...finally!

02-11-2014 01:53 PM by NinjaAssassin | 0 comments »

After a couple months of extreme cold (extreme for Northern Virginia, anyway) and a lot of snow, ice, rain, sleet, etc. I’ve finally been able to make it out to the shop again. I’ll start from the first bit of shop time and work my way forward… I think it was the first weekend in February when we had temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s. It only lasted for two days but I made sure to take advantage of them. The first day I started off by taking apart a Disston...

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Part 4: Bought some lumber and started some projects

02-18-2014 01:21 AM by NinjaAssassin | 4 comments »

Well, as the title blatantly states, I bought some lumber and started a few projects (in addition to the other projects I’ve got going). I made a trip to see a local guy that owns a sawmill. He mills and kiln dries the lumber the puts it up for sale. He only has local species available but he makes up for that with really great prices. He’s got cherry and walnut for 3.75/bf! The only other places I know of that sell hardwood in my area sell each for $5.00/bf or more so this i...

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Part 5: It's been awhile...

07-03-2014 09:14 PM by NinjaAssassin | 9 comments »

It’s been awhile since I’ve made a post regarding my adventures in working wood. I frequently get distracted by shiny objects so I expect it’ll happen again. Well, after several months of using my bench I’ve grown frustrated with it. It really doesn’t support planing the faces of boards very well. I’ve wanted to build a super awesome, too cool for school Roubo style bench ever since I spent two weeks going through the entire Workbench Smack Down threa...

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Part 6: Ah, life and stuff...

11-13-2014 01:09 AM by NinjaAssassin | 3 comments »

Well, all those projects and new endeavors I had on my list got put on hold for a bit. Haven’t had much time in the shop in the last few months (I think a total of 4 or so hours since about August or so) primarily due work and family things. There’s been a lot going on for me and I’m not yet certain when things are going to slow down. Anyway, on to the update… I let those pine and oak beams sit all summer in my shop and the pitch in the pine didn’t run. I ...

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