Hand Tools #2: The stud...

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Blog entry by woodspar posted 07-02-2007 07:55 AM 2148 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Something sawdust2 said about a stud stuck in my mind…I couldn’t quite figure out what he meant, then I looked back at my pictures and I realized that he thought the two 1x’s together had been a 2x.

Here is the picture:

nice curls

So tonight I thought, Could I do it? Why not?


First step is to cut the length down to a manageable size:


Not bad for a rookie, eh?


Ok, now for the rip. First I mark the center with my combination.


Marked and ready.


Then I work around the edge with my chisel to “prepare” the wood. Not too much though, cause the wood might split. Just an impression.


chisel edge

The rip cut.
rip saw

Halfway through the piece…Those handscrews come in handy.


Flip it over and cut the rest of the way through. I am glad I marked all four edges.


Here are the fresh faces.

faces 3

Tomorrow, maybe the last coat of paint on the shutters and maybe more hand work.


-- John

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#1 posted 07-02-2007 01:36 PM

Hi John;
—-and what a great blog story you’ve got going here!

Talk about ‘hand tools’ or doing the working of wood ‘by hand’ and you’ll all-ways grab my attention. Ha!.....I do also like power tools, it’s just that often I leave them un-plugged and turned off.

I really liked what you said here; “So tonight I thought, Could I do it? Why not?”
—-I tell myself over and over, I can do, and then one day I heard the wood whispering back to me….”you can do.”

Thank you for sharing this, and posting pictures of the how to’s of those great cuts!!!

-- --frank, NH,

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#2 posted 07-02-2007 03:00 PM

Alright. Your own resaw jig. Now on to logs.

Great blog.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 07-02-2007 03:16 PM

Nice! Alot of what I learned about woodworking, I’ve learned from 2×4’s. I use them alot on the lathe. My first bowl was turned from a 2×4. I really like the statement, “Why not?” Exactly! Why not?! A few weeks ago, I was lacking motivation and inspiration…then I adopted a Mission Statement for my shop. “Why not?”


-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 07-02-2007 04:29 PM

It would have been a lot faster on the table saw with a good rip blade and fence. LOL. But, I guess the idea here was to do it by hand. I don’t know the length of those resawn boards… let’s see you do one 4’ long next time. LOL. It really came out well. I salute you for showing us that we can do whatever we put our minds to.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 07-02-2007 07:09 PM

John -

This is a great blog entry! I really enjoy seeing entries with handtools. Thanks!


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#6 posted 07-02-2007 07:40 PM

I appreciate the feedback guys! I am having fun with this and I hope that others try some of these exercises.

-- John

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#7 posted 07-02-2007 08:09 PM

you better be careful or you’ll end up selling all your power tools in exchange for a tidy Japanese workshop.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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Bob Babcock

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#8 posted 07-02-2007 09:48 PM

Great blog John. More and more I find myself prefering handtools. I’m not about to give up any hp but you feel so much more connected to the piece when you focus on handwork.

-- Bob

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#9 posted 07-03-2007 12:52 AM

This is great, John. I’m building my bench right now and purposefully building it at a height to accommodate the comfortable use of hand tools. I can’t wait to actually have it finished so I can have good spot to hone and then turn around and use my freshly honed planes and chisels. Long time in the making. Bummed that I can be at the shop today milling more of the stock. Since I’m going to have some left over construction lumber I was thinking I would practice on it. I’ve heard a dovetail in Fir is pretty challenging and would make for a good skill builder…

I look forward to the next installment.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#10 posted 07-03-2007 01:24 AM

Nice cut! I can relate to you situation, since I don’t have a tablesaw (yet!). A good ryoba can do remarkable work. Remember, people were making furniture just fine before power tools came along.

One tool that will help greatly with layout is a marking gauge. There are simple models of beech available for under $20. These allow you to easily scribe a line relative to one face, and even go all the way around the stock much faster and more accurately than a chisel. More expensive (and complex) models are available, with the most common ones being made of rosewood and brass.

I personally use a Veritas wheel marking gauge, and can’t get by without it. It scribes a nice clean cut line either with or across the grain without wandering like some others. I even use it to mark shoulders when cutting tenons on the router table—the score reduces tear-out.

Keep on practicing—this skill will always stand you in good stead.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#11 posted 07-03-2007 07:32 PM


I have an “heirloom” gauge that I use.


I had the $10 wheel gauge from a local woodworking store that I returned because the marking wheel was awful.

In this case I was thinking that the chisel would help the saw get started.


Thanks for your comments – I am finding this pretty enjoyable.

-- John

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#12 posted 07-03-2007 10:14 PM

There is a variation of approach in this months Woodworker’s Journal (August Pg 14). Basically you use a table saw to make matching kerfs on each side and then you use a handsaw to complete the cut. This allows you to resaw a wider board than your saw would normally handle.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#13 posted 07-04-2007 02:32 AM

Thanks Wayne, I will try to spot that magazine on the news stand.

-- John

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#14 posted 07-14-2007 06:57 AM

Sorry I have not added anything lately, I have been really busy and my digital camera is not working very well. I will post more as soon as I can.

-- John

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