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Blog series by rustythebailiff updated 12-25-2014 07:16 PM 4 parts 6694 reads 7 comments total

Part 1: Seeing progress, feeling good about it

08-11-2013 12:42 AM by rustythebailiff | 0 comments »

About 25 years ago I got bit by the hand tool bug. I was a relative novice woodworker, but was doing pretty well with power tools. But, I’ve always been a history buff, and the idea of working wood the way our ancestors did was intriguing. So, I visited our local flea market a few times, and picked up some vintage hand planes in very nice shape (A Bailey #7, two Wards Master (Stanley contract), a #3 and a #5). I added a Sandvick crosscut saw, some inexpensive Stanley chisels, and a ...

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Part 2: Getting Moxon-ated

12-23-2013 10:38 PM by rustythebailiff | 0 comments »

After seeing numerous posts, and watching it in action on The Woodwright’s Shop, I decided that the double screw bench vise just might come in handy. I sure could’ve used it when I was sawing the 40 sets of dovetails for my tool chest! Here in sunny FLA (no joke, it’s December 23rd and it’s 80 degrees plus with high humidity. Yuck) we don’t have the benefit of the fantastic lumber yards of our northern cousins. I often peruse with envy the web pages of Goose Bay Sawmill in New Hamps...

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Part 3: The Anarchists Bug Out Box

12-24-2013 04:55 AM by rustythebailiff | 4 comments »

Living here in sunny FLA, we don’t have to worry about ice and snow. But, we do get the occasional tornado. And hurricanes are not unheard of. So, as my hand tool collection has grown over the years, it suddenly occurred to me that if I had to flee from impending natural disaster, it would take me a good hour to gather up my precious hand tools. Now, not to downplay the importance of my power tools, but they are easier to replace than some of my vintage hand tools. So, after watc...

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Part 4: Hide glue and fresh baked cookies, a week at the Woodwright’s School

12-25-2014 07:16 PM by rustythebailiff | 3 comments »

Now that I am retired, I had the time to finally go to school to better my hand skills. I chose to go to the Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Now, I’ve been watching Roy Underhill’s PBS program off and on for years, and it had been my original inspiration to try hand tool woodworking in the first place. But, to meet Roy and some of his guest speakers, and learn their techniques, was something special. Our guest instructor was Bill Anderson, who has been on Roy’s sho...

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