Workshop Pictures #1: Pics of me ummmm... Working...Yeah

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Blog entry by David Craig posted 09-28-2010 03:46 PM 1588 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Recently, I was lamenting to a friend about my limitations in the camera department. She wanted to take some pictures of me working so I demonstrated some tool use (well, the way I use them anyway ;), so now I have some pictures of me working in the shop.


Here are a few pics of me setting up a block and turning with the roughing gauge -

Setting up the turning block


Turning a piece


Using the Work Sharp to put an edge back on the roughing gouge -

Sharpening with the work sharp

I still can’t freehand on a grinder worth crap, but I did enjoy seeing how accurate I had the bevel when freehanding on the Work Sharp

closeup of the chisel while sharpening

Hand Tools

Just a couple extra. I recently purchased the Stanley Sweetheart low angle block plane. I also demonstrated how to cut a hinge mortise by hand. Funny part is that I never done one before :)

Edge Planing a board

Chiseling a hinge mortise

Thanks for viewing folks and for the 15 minutes of infamy ;)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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View swirt's profile


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#1 posted 09-28-2010 03:52 PM

You put the shot of the Worksharp in there just to make me jealous didn’t you? ;)

Great photos of a guy doing what he enjoys.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 09-28-2010 04:09 PM

its great to see you have fun
even infront of a camera ….lol

its great your scary works for you

take care

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 09-28-2010 06:08 PM

Hey David, is that an old Sears vise I spotted there. I bought one in 1970 or so. A few years ago I bought a heftier one, at Sears as I recall.

Nice to see you getting down and dirty….....................


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 09-28-2010 10:33 PM

Mister… you are having way too much fun…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 09-28-2010 10:58 PM

Looks like you’re enjoying yourself. I have a Worksharp 3000 as well but I haven’t sharpened my new low end HSS lathe chisels yet. I’m just curious, do you find it easier to sharpen them free-hand from above as opposed to underneath with the slotted wheel?

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#6 posted 09-29-2010 12:16 AM

Looks like you’re enjoying yourself. You is going to love wood turning.

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David Craig

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#7 posted 09-29-2010 12:25 AM

swirt – If I wanted to make you jealous I would tell you that I got the WS for free just for posting pictures of myself working with it :) Didn’t happen, but it was a nice fantasy. Save up those pennies, it is definitely a worthy investment.

Dennis – Probably the scariest thing in the shoot is my face. But it is getting to be Halloween again :)

Jim – You are correct Mr. Bertelson, but I didn’t buy it. It was fastened to the makeshift bench that was there when I bought this place. I have a wood vise but no where to put it as of yet. My quick and dirty temp solution is to CA glue wood blocks to the vise grips. I just knock them off when I work with metal.

Larry – I don’t do this for fun, I spend the money to educate myself on technique and tools solely for practical purposes. I also drink beer for the same reasons…

Eric – I like sharpening the roughing gouges, the bowl chisel, the round nose scraper, and the spindle gouges from above. Seems like the round gouges sharpen better with the motion from above. The flat chisels like the parting tool and the skew chisels I do from underneath. Just my technique, might not work for everyone.

Thanks gents for responding.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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David Craig

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#8 posted 09-29-2010 12:26 AM

Charles – Couldn’t agree more. It is an addicting past time. I just wish I had more time to work with all these fun items.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#9 posted 10-02-2010 05:03 PM

It’s always nice to see somebody having fun in the shop. It’s even better, now that I’ve been getting a little shop time, myself. The lathe always looks like blast.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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