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Blog series by handsawgeek updated 03-16-2015 01:17 PM 6 parts 12240 reads 24 comments total

Part 1: The Series

02-17-2015 05:38 PM by handsawgeek | 3 comments »

A couple of posts back, I wrote about a simple shop-made honing jig that I use regularly in my woodworking tool sharpening operation. Being elated at seeing more than 10…yes ten!!! responses to that post from the LJs readership, I was inspired to entertain the idea of creating an on-going blog series covering similar tools and accessories cobbled together from the scrap wood bins, random parts bins and ‘Hudnut’ boxes of the handsawgeek world. Since my workshop operates on a really tigh...

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Part 2: Center Finder

02-20-2015 02:01 PM by handsawgeek | 4 comments »

Who needs expensive brass and rosewood to get to the middle of those dowels and chunks of turning stock when all you need is a piece of scrap 1/2×3/4 stick and a BORG paint stir stick? Presenting …. …the handsawgeek Poor Man’s Center Finder !!! The only thing to be diligent with here is that the marking edge is straight and that all the relative angles of the bearing surfaces and ‘blade’ are laid out as accurately as possible. It might also be wise to slap a quick finish ...

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Part 3: Depth Gauge

02-26-2015 02:06 PM by handsawgeek | 5 comments »

Ah, the things that one can make with just a length of dowel, a scrap of wood, and some random bits of hardware! Today’s handsawgeek Poor Man’s Tool offering combines just those very materials to fashion an accurate and functional depth gauge for use in bowl, box, and vase turning. Simply put, a length of dowel is sharpened on one end, poked through a hole drilled in a straight piece of scrap wood, and secured at various positions by a set screw held by whatever appropriate hardware...

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Part 4: Sanding Block

03-04-2015 05:40 PM by handsawgeek | 1 comment »

Today’s poor man’s tool offering is a somewhat fancy shop built sanding block. It’s still considered ‘poor man’s’ because it was fashioned from scrap ¼” plywood and 1” pine. The unique feature of this design is the holder for the sheets of sandpaper. These consist of pieces of 1” brass strip with an edge bent over at 90 degrees. These are secured with a brass flathead screw, washer and wing nut. When tightened down, the lip secures the edge of the sandpaper. The tool is dimensio...

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Part 5: Turning Accessory

03-09-2015 01:29 PM by handsawgeek | 8 comments »

This week’s Poor Man’s Tool is born of an idea that I learned about from a gentleman who turned beautiful aspen wood vases and sold them on consignment at my Step-Dad’s art gallery. Possibly, many of you who are experienced turners may have seen something like this before. Some of his pieces were decorated with a series of thin dark bands at various locations. I learned that these were made by holding a thicker-gauge wound guitar or piano string against the piece as it turned. The f...

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Part 6: The Other Mallet

03-16-2015 01:17 PM by handsawgeek | 3 comments »

Venkman: “Egon, this reminds me of the time you tried to drill a hole through your head, remember that?” Egon: “That would’ve worked if you didn’t stop me!” -from Ghostbusters A few posts back, I wrote about an old well-used mallet that I had purchased at a yard sale. This reminded me of the other mallet that graces the handsawgeek workshop with its presence. This wonderful work of art dates back to the early 1990’s and represents my first neophyte attempt at producing a...

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