Month: November 2009

A Dedicated Sharpening Bench – part 3

With the bench top work surface squared on six sides I’ll measure and lay out the rabbets for the bread board ends. Deep scribe lines will help eliminate cross grain tearing and when I clamp the piece into my shoulder vise I’ll again add my thicknessed backer board to help with the spelching. I begin the rabbet with a special purpose rabbet plane but once established I change over to my medium shoulder plane. I find I get a better inside edge with the shoulder plane. I think this may have something to do with the nicker on the...

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A Dedicated Sharpening Bench – part 2

Working off of my sketches and existing examples of trusted, work bench construction methods, I come up with a plan and begin adding up the numbers. This is generally how I approach a new design, from the sketch I mock up some shapes and sizes using off cuts and batons around my shop to see if in the ‘real world’ things still look like they do on paper. I settle on the overall size and start down my cut list taking into account the joinery. The top work surface is where I begin and the two panels of 1″...

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Skinny Legs and All…

The following series of photographs are again off the cutting room floor. Books  have space limitations but here in this platform we don’t. They show some more details while this small table was built in Nov. 2008. This was the first piece I designed and built for the book projects and as it turns out it’s still my favourite of the six. I have since designed some other variations and plan on building one of them sometime this year when my time line permits. I’d love to hear from you if you decide to build you’re own version of...

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‘Ain’t No Feathers Around Here Boys…’

The following shots never made it into the book due to space limitations but were shot during those same few days last winter while I worked this beautiful walnut into shape. Small cabinets such as this are meant to be unique and I would never consider building two the same. I welcome your comments and hope you adapt this simple form into a piece you too can truly call your own. Door styles and interior drawer configuration alone can change the overall feel of a piece. I recently finished another small cabinet with outside dimensions very close to this...

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A Dedicated Sharpening Bench – part 1

“The best hand tools in the world are worthless in the hands of the woodworker who cannot sharpen them.” DOWNLOAD FREE PLAN After reading and experimenting with, practicing and then studying the different techniques of sharpening I’ve come to settle on a system that is working for me in my current shop space and that’s good! A freshly sharpened hand tool can turn the most challenging joinery tasks into wonderful and relaxed procedures. Your work will be cleaner with tighter fitting joinery and your tools will perform as they were intended to the day they were made. The joys...

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