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05-14-2006 03:40 PM

I still consider myself an amature even though I own and use most of the “power” tools found in a modern, well-appointed, tricked-out woodshop. Now that I am at a place in my life where I can actually spend “quality” time in my shop, I find, thanks to Roy Underhill, I want to do projects with tools that don’t plug in into the national power grid.

As for homemade tools, I’ve made my own shaving horse, a froe, dividers and calipers, various mallets, and a trailer load of jigs and one-of-a-kind templates to fashion personal projects.

If you have a source of information, book reference, or purchase point for hand tools with a history about them, please let me know.

Thanks! Here’s to great woodcraft!

Stephen
Western North Carolina

-- Stephen (A) Western North Carolina


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#1 posted 05-14-2006 05:17 PM

Hi Stephen
Hand tools certainly are addictive (once power tools loose their initial grip!) I find Ebay a handy place for finding old tools. Well worth browsing, if only to get an idea of prices.
A very useful book is by Mike Dunbar (of Windsor chair fame!) Its called “Restoring, Tuning and Using Classic Woodworking Tools” and features all the info you could require on setting up and tuning hand tools.
Hope this helps
Phil

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#2 posted 05-15-2006 10:12 PM

I’m not much on antique tools, but I get a big kick out of the many jigs, templates, & fixtures I’ve made over the years. Sources are largely books, magazines, friends, & demos. I’m primarily a woodturner, recently became fascinated by the infinite design possibilities offered by segmented bowls…. lots of new jigs & fixtures!
J.

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#3 posted 05-15-2006 11:15 PM

Hey Philip . . .

Thanks for the refverence to Mike Dubar’s book. I’ll be on the look out for a copy.

-- Stephen (A) Western North Carolina

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#4 posted 05-15-2006 11:26 PM

Hey Jerry . . .

If you are interested in segmented (layered) turned bowls, visit Jim McPhail’s website. He is the laird of the bowl turning manner! I am licky. He lives two mountains to the NW of me. I have even had the opportunity to visit his shop . . . :-)

If the above link doesn’t work, just type it in.

Sephen
Mountains of Western North Carolina

-- Stephen (A) Western North Carolina

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#5 posted 05-16-2006 02:25 AM

Hey Stephen:
Do you ever notice all the stitches, bandaids, scabs, and cuts on Roy Underhill’s hands when the camera does a close up of his work? I enjoy the show, and always get a laugh out of his pain. I started several years ago taking photos of my cuts and injuries to go with the project file on each project. I haven’t taken a photo for a few months so that is a good thing.

I just saw a bunch of antique wood tools at an estate auction of an old timer. I didn’t buy anything, as I just don’t have extra cash for collectibles that aren’t for working on a job I’m building. Watch the estate auction fliers in your area.

Ebay is fine, but at this estate auction, I saw a large wooden hand plane, the big block style about 20” long, sell for $1.00, and handfuls of thin wood molding planes sell for $5.00 a handful. Real auctions are pretty the best for getting deals. In my opinion, Ebay is watched too close by too many smart bidders.
thanks,
Mark DeCou

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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#6 posted 05-16-2006 03:12 PM

Hey Mark . . .

LOL . . . Yes! I do notice his hands . . . what a hoot! Sounds to me you have a Masochistic streak hiding in your psyche . . . :-) Maybe we need to classify the various ouwies into sub groups . . . knuckle-buster, sliver (small, medium, larger, gigantic), slice, amputation, etc.

Estate sales! Marvelous! Though new to this area, I’m guessing there are going to be numerous opportunities. As for eBay, I’m a little skeptical . . . I’vr gotten some great deals, but just as many dogs in my purchases from eBay.

BTW, I’m a Petroleum Engineer by degree and back in the mid/late 80’s I rehabbed a lot of stripper wells in the Iola/Chanute area of Kansas.

My Princess is calling with breakfast!

Stephen
Mountains of Western North Carolina

-- Stephen (A) Western North Carolina

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#7 posted 05-17-2006 03:05 AM

Stephen ..tnx for the link. Had no trouble finding it. Looks fascinating.

Jerry

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#8 posted 01-18-2007 06:05 AM

I’m going to start taking pictures of the jigs I’ve made and post them on my website. So far I’ve made my own taper jig (the one i was using when I cut my thumb,but it’s already healed so I can’t get a picture of it) and today I made a sled for the table saw. Almost as nice as Don’s

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#9 posted 01-18-2007 06:07 PM

Michael . . .

I don’t know about you, but one of the most satisfying parts, amatuerish as it is, aspects of my woodworking is solving problems . . . building jigs, etc. I’m going to begin a 2-chair windsor project (from Dunbar’s book and a friend as my tutor) using my friend’s bending jigs and a yet to be constructed homemade steam box.

How did your crosscut sled work out? How did you square it? I wish I had done a better job on mine. I’ll probably build another.

Stephen
Mountains of Western North Carolina

-- Stephen (A) Western North Carolina

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#10 posted 01-19-2007 01:36 AM

I love that show. There was an episode as I recall that showed all the on camera cuts he did to himself.

-- Dave.

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#11 posted 01-19-2007 02:39 AM

Hey Dave! I’d love to see THAT episode!

Stephen
Mountains, Western North Carolina

-- Stephen (A) Western North Carolina

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#12 posted 01-19-2007 04:18 AM

Well I had a piece of Mahogany plywood that I ran along the fence and dato’d a 3/4” dato on the bottom. That was pretty much it. Then I took a piece of 3/4” oak and put it in the dato slot and the slot on the table saw. glued a piece of 6/4 Cherry to the edge of the plywood and after it dried, I ran it down the slot for the zero clearance and it’s sweet. I’m rather impressed with myself, because it turned out nice.

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#13 posted 01-19-2007 04:22 AM

Hey, Obi, how about a picture?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#14 posted 01-20-2007 08:03 AM

O.K. Here’s the first Jig. A Taper jig that Rockler wanted $20.00 for, and I keep telling people if it is made out of wood, then I can make it. Might not be “Purdy” but I look for function first. The Oak was sitting in the shop… might have cost fitty cent (NOT FIFTY, FITTY), the hinge prolly ( NOT PROBABLY, PROLLY) cost a cupla ( NOT COUPLE OF, CUPLA) dollars oh, wait there are two hinges. The regular hinge at the butt, and that weird locking hinge, I cant member (NOT REMEMBER, MEMBER) what it’s called so for ‘bout 5 bucks i built a funtioning taper jig

And here’s the sled nuthin purdy but it works

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#15 posted 01-20-2007 02:52 PM

yer gittin purdy hip, there, Obi!!
and I think it looks purdy!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribele, Young Living Wellness )

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