Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'hand tools'

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Woodworking and my Traumatic Brain Injury #2: Learning about "channels"

08-24-2019 06:47 PM by Kent | 2 comments »

When you work hard doing something new, you will get tired. When you get tired, you should rest. This sounds pretty obvious and straight-forward, but for me, it really wasn’t. When your brain is broken, all bets are off. Firstly, I needed to learn that even though I could remember doing many things the connections in my brain had been damaged in the accident. This meant that, ironically, I could no longer do many things that I could remember doing. Even 2 years after my accident, I hadn’t ...

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Tool Gloat - Sharing some of my latest acquisitions

08-17-2019 12:26 AM by Brit | 12 comments »

Due to my job and a massive landscaping project I have going on in my garden at the moment, I haven’t had as much time for LJs as I’d like, but I’ve still been seeking out and buying some great tools. Today I was taking some photos and I thought I would share some of my latest acquisitions with you – some new, some vintage. Spill PlanesI picked up a couple of user made spill planes just for their fun value. Initially I got the low angled one on the right which has a...

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Woodworking and my Traumatic Brain Injury #1: Why this blog?

08-09-2019 05:06 PM by Kent | 3 comments »

In May 2014 I was run down by an SUV driver making a left-turn. In addition to a broken shoulder and leg bone, I literally cracked my skull when my head slammed against the pavement. Ouch. The last part caused a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). I was diagnosed with a contusion. My symptoms kept me from seeing and thinking clearly. I was so messed up that I didn’t realise how messed up I was. My initial treatments all addressed the bone and tissue damage, and so my TBI symptoms went unre...

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Handy tools #8: Knife making tools

06-09-2019 05:26 PM by Dave Polaschek | 12 comments »

I’ve been making stacked birch bark knife handles lately, and found a couple tools that made the process much easier. Note that the basic tools needed are something to cut the birch bark to size (unless you’re buying stacks from Russia, which are a pretty good deal, but a little short to do a complete job), and something to scrape the papery bits and any fungus off the outside of the bark. A card scraper will do just fine for the latter. You’ll also need something to put holes in the bark....

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Modern changning table with hand tools #1: The Design

05-06-2019 12:24 AM by Thorbjorn88 | 0 comments »

This is my first real furniture project. I’ve built four electric guitars from scratch, a workbench, a countertop support, and some small stuff like picture frames. I’ve also been getting more into hand tools. The workbench and countertop support were made using only handtools with the exception of a thickness planer and I plan to do the same with this project. The design is basically the same as this video with a few changes...

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Treadle Lathe #14: Tool Rest and Finale!

02-22-2019 12:00 AM by LastingBuild | 0 comments »

The project is finally done! I have been working on this project since late August. The final part of the project was to build the tool rest. It consists of a base plate with a sliding through mortise. The upright is mortise and tenoned into the baseplate and the steel prefabricated rest mounts within a 1 Inch hole on top. The steel rest is adjustable with a finger screw. The tool rest mounts to the frame and is adjustable front to back, side to side, up and down and can twist. The tool rest ...

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Treadle Lathe #13: Tailstock

02-13-2019 12:53 AM by LastingBuild | 0 comments »

The tailstock is pretty simple. It is made from 3 inches thick of laminated oak. It is attached to the frame by a wedged tenon and slides along the uprights to adjust to the length of the turning project. The wedge is made of laminated cherry. The live center rests in a #2MT. I used calipers to get the dimensions of the MT and used my brace and bit and carving chisels to create the pocket for the MT to rest. I mounted up a 4×4 scrap piece of cedar at the end of the video and it was reall...

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Treadle Lathe #12: Headstock

02-09-2019 03:16 PM by LastingBuild | 1 comment »

The headstock went through several design changes prior to the build. I originally planned to mount the spindle drive wheel (3’ pulley) between the first two posts. I realized the stock was not going to be long enough for the spindle height I wanted. I settled on laminating 6×6 oak stock. The headstock is hollow from front to back with the spindle drive wheel mounted between on a 3/8” rod. The rod is fixed into the headstock with bearings and stop collars. The He...

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Treadle Lathe #11: The Frame and Flywheel are complete and installed

02-01-2019 12:23 AM by LastingBuild | 0 comments »

Over the past week, I took apart the frame and did final shaping. I tapered the legs some to give the base a more bulky appearance. This also shifts some of the weight to the base. I added the bearings to leg #1 and #2. I draw bored each leg to its corresponding base. Each leg was labeled using traditional timber frame Roman numeral numbering. The Flywheel was grooved using a series of carving chisels. I created the mortises for each wedged through tenon and the frame was com...

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Drawbored Mortise and Tenon Tutorial

01-26-2019 03:38 PM by LastingBuild | 0 comments »

Drawboring has been used in timber frame construction and traditional woodworking since the earliest wooden buildings were built. It is a method of tightening up the mortise and tenon joint and preventing loosening over time. It generally will outlast a glue joint as well. I did a two video tutorial on how I drawbore and will link to it below. Pictured above is my Timber frame sawhorses which were built of green timber and draw bored about 3+ years ago. No glue and no loosening has occurr...

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