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Why Do This?! - The Hand Tool Effect

07-03-2020 02:27 PM by Tom | 22 comments »

This is perhaps one of the silliest things that I have done recently. I needed a dust brush to keep with my Moravian workbench to sweep away shavings and sawdust. I found one at the home center for only a few bucks. It was obviously cheaply made but at least it was made of wood and had the appearance of natural bristles. The handle is poorly shaped and finished. It is basically just a flat piece of wood in the shape of a handle with the corners eased a bit. Very little effort was ...

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Building a brace till #3: Dovetails and sliding dovetails

05-05-2020 09:32 PM by Dave Polaschek | 4 comments »

Today was dovetail day, and I’m still not done, but I made a lot of progress. As I’m doing mitered shoulder dovetails on the carcass (to practice them for the bookcases I’m building next), I took my time laying them out and cutting them. Spent all morning just cutting the tails. After lunch, I headed out to the shop to cut the pins. That went pretty well, so I got started on the sliding dovetails for the shelves as well. They’re not sure hard, but I took pictures along the way, so I’d b...

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Building a Benchtop Shave Horse

04-04-2020 01:45 PM by WoodshopTherapy | 0 comments »

Last weekend I shared a video on making a spokeshave holder. This weekend, you can see my shave horse build. I have a small workshop, so I use a benchtop shave horse that works just as well as a traditional shave horse, but it doesn’t take up a lot of space in the shop. YouTube video – https://youtu.be/qz09xpYA6g8 Plans are available at https://homeimprovementwoodworking.square.site

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Tool tote - success!

03-24-2020 06:09 PM by shawnSK | 5 comments »

The tool tote so far – the joints are cut, the sides are set and one end has been shaped. .I score a handle opening with a marking knife, (I’m really beginning to love this thing) and chisel the opening out with a mallet. The registration is good, the cut is square. I may be getting the hang of this after all. .I fit the handle into the slot and it fits snugly. It even gets kind of stuck. Wonderful!...I trace my finished end onto the other and this time I drill a hole in each corner of ...

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A Mallet from a Tree

03-21-2020 11:41 PM by Tom | 3 comments »

I recently had a dying oak tree taken down at my home. It was probably 30 or 40 years old, so pretty good size. I had it cut into a couple big logs (to be milled later) and firewood. Before the contractor ground the stump, he cut off a slab down to ground level. I cut some chunks from the slab for a mallet thinking that the wood may be pretty tough from the bottom of the tree. I don’t really know if this is true though. I shaped one of the chunks into an oversized block ...

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That moment when it feels like fun

03-21-2020 10:19 PM by shawnSK | 2 comments »

Today, planing a board to width, after so many plane adjustments and sharpening attempts, it finally worked. Edge shavings twice as thick as masking tape and the full board length! Now I get why people do this. :)

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Hand Tool Display Wall

03-16-2020 01:36 AM by Jeff100 | 8 comments »

So is it just me or when I hear the words “self quarantine”, I also hear “Perfect time for a big shop project!!” I am in deperate need of a new tool wall. The last one was just a pallet hung up on the wall with screws and nails hanging what all i could fit. Well, as the collection of hand tools grows, the wall needed to get bigger and better organized. And so it begins, Here’s roughly what needs to get hung up, all in specially designated holders ...

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Drop Leaf Table #8: Winterthur, Hinges and a Quick Drawer

01-06-2020 06:03 PM by Tom | 3 comments »

Really starting to wrap up the work on this drop leaf table. Over the holidays, I visited Winterthur for the Yuletide mansion tour. It is really interesting to see all the furniture on display. Meanwhile, they have a nice gallery display of the Dominy workshop and some furniture pieces on display that were made at the shop. One of the items was a “Breakfast Table” aka Pembroke table. Somehow, I missed a picture of the actual table which was similar to mine, but a bit more ref...

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Drop Leaf Table #7: Working the Top

01-05-2020 05:24 PM by Tom | 1 comment »

The holiday season really sucks up the free time, but I have been working the top for the past couple weeks. It’s a fun process, but the rule joint is quite a challenge and a bit time consuming if you do it with hollows and rounds. I can’t really recommend it if you need to make this joint on a regular basis. In the end, I am pretty satisfied with the result. Yes, it could be cleaner and tighter, but it’s fine. I have a few old, antique drop-leaf tables in my home and s...

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Drop Leaf Table #6: A Pembroke and The Season?

12-24-2019 02:26 PM by Tom | 1 comment »

Well it happened. The season arrived at our house. The cold and flu season along with the holiday season. Work, travel and illness really put a dent into my table build schedule. But it is time for some vacation and the illness has pretty much passed. I have started preparing the table top, but before I get into that, I need to learn how to make a drop leaf rule joint with some old tools. I have never made a rule joint before, and of course I want to do it with hand tools. I need som...

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