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Blog series by Ron Harper updated 03-22-2013 08:21 PM 5 parts 9773 reads 19 comments total

Part 1: Kind of a mixed day

02-28-2013 03:29 AM by Ron Harper | 1 comment »

I am getting more and more pleased with my switch to hand tool woodworking all the time. Please understand, I am not trying to tell you how to work wood. If you choose to make furniture with a chain saw and a blow torch, it is perfectly alright with me. You were nice enough to check in on me so it would be more than a little inhospitable of me to try to convince you to change your ways. But I have lots of reasons that make this the way to go for me. One of the challenges is that I have tak...

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Part 2: Two small projects completed yesterday

03-06-2013 03:44 PM by Ron Harper | 3 comments »

The clock is part of my work for the Paul Sellers online class. The marking gauge is for long grain work to lay out rip cuts. No, I really did not need another gauge , but I wanted to make it. It is Ziracote and curly maple. To stop any smart alec remarks, no, I really did not work up a huge sweat. The deodorant tube is full of beeswax. Ever have a day like this? Hope you get a little time to work wood today. Thanks for stopping by my shop. May the Lord keep you safe today.

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Part 3: Pretty exciting little thing

03-08-2013 05:25 AM by Ron Harper | 4 comments »

Recently built joinery bench with twin screw vise using screws that had been made into a lamp at an antique mall. Was really having trouble using the vise. I posted a query over on Wood Central and William Duffield explained what I needed to do. Eureka…. It works like a charm. There are some things in life that absolutely are not intuitive. You only learn them if someone tells you. You basically just use one screw after you have both screws set to the right setting. Anybody inte...

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Part 4: Repurposing sometimes makes a lot of sense

03-19-2013 05:31 PM by Ron Harper | 2 comments »

This little guy is supposed to be a box opening hammer. In my shop, I open very few wooden boxes. I had this little guy on a shelf and one day, I picked it up and tried to make a fine adjustment to the lateral position of a plane iron. I found it to be the perfect tool for the job. I have never been able to develop the skill to get my plane irons where they need to be with the lateral adjustment lever. This little tool works much better for me. Tiny little taps is all it takes. I think I...

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Part 5: OK I really don't get it

03-22-2013 08:21 PM by Ron Harper | 9 comments »

I have been amazed at all the heat that Christopher Schwarz gets on the web. One of the major complaints seems to be that he has an opinion. Yes he does, but almost always, he says feel free to do it another way if it works for you. I am a hand tool woodworker and Chris, in his own way has picked up the hand tool banner and run with it. He s not a purist, as is Underhill and a few others, but he really enjoys the hand tools, and like Paul Sellers, is preaching the gospel that you really do no...

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