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Over the years, we have amassed a huge collection of handy tips from the Tricks of the Trade column in our magazine. We recently started to film some of these tricks in the Pop Wood shop to give a little personality to the pages that you are so familiar with. Our hope is to bring these great tips to our online audience in a new way. If you have a […]
When I was looking the guide blocks up on the LN site I noticed that they don't offer the skew chisels I have anymore. Another LN tool that was dropped that I wasn't aware of. I also couldn't remember which tool I had bought the angled guides for. I thought it was for the skew chisels but there is no longer any info on them on the LN site. I had to measure the guides I have to see what I had and they are 30°. I will need to get the 18° right hand ones for the 140.
|I have to finish this for xmas|
|the lid and bottom stock|
The lid isn't that big of a problem because I plan on putting keepers at the ends to hold it in place. Expansion and contraction isn't a problem with the lid.
|one more consideration|
|switch to poplar for the lid|
|what I should have done first|
|I wasn't lucky this time|
|much better results this time with the backer in place|
|first one is on top|
|stock for the base|
|I was able to get six pieces|
|made a rabbet on all six|
|view down from the top|
|how the rabbet will be used|
|worked on my new squares|
|fixing the 12" square|
|it took some time to complete|
|thought of this too late|
|the last &%@&())(^%#@^*$ one|
My stubbornness kicked in and I wasn't letting this win. It took me more than 45 minutes to get the inside and outside edges square. The last check I did was to make multiple lines to verify I was square. The upside is I got all of my squares, square now.
|got the saw plates cleaned and shiny|
|one handle stripped and rough sanded|
Who was Frank Willis?
answer - the security guard who caught the Watergate burglars
Hand-tool woodworkers love mutton tallow as a lubricant for saws, auger bits and the soles of our handplanes. A smidge of the stuff will make your tool slide easier – and your shop will smell like lambchops. But because of animal-rights concerns, mutton tallow is shunned by some woodworkers. (They already shun paraffin because it is made by Big Oil.) In 2016, a start-up corporation tried to make mutton tallow […]
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Every few years I get a deal of a lifetime when buying tools. Many years ago, I bought my 15″ Powermatic planer from a company going out of business for $700. I bought my Contractor SawStop table saw from SawStop corporate through Pop Wood for $1000, and yesterday, I bought a six piece Porter Cable combo kit for $25.00.
As you may know, I’m a sales rep for Oldcastle selling patio block, mulch and soon composite decking to Lowe’s and Home Depot. While visiting one of my stores yesterday, I walked in the back of the store by receiving to talk to the RTM clerk to see if there were any credits I needed to give for broken patio block. While back there, I saw a Porter Cable tool bag full of tools lying on the floor and asked the RTM clerk what they were doing back there. She told me that it was a return that the customer said the batteries wouldn’t hold a charge. Knowing that Lowe’s will take back anything no questions asked, the first thing that came to my mind was a customer buying a tool, using it to do a job, then returning it to get his money back.
She asked me if I wanted to buy it so I said “sure”. She asked me what I would give for them so I said $20.00. She said she’ll call the manager to see if that would be okay. I told her before I buy them, I wanted to make sure that my batteries would work on the tools. I’ve been using the same drill and jigsaw from the same set for a few years now, so I was hopeful my batteries would indeed be compatible. I went to my car to grab my tool bag while she called the manager to make the deal happen. When I returned, she said “what about $25.00”. I said fine and hooked up my battery to the all the tools to make sure they functioned. I took the bag and walked up to customer service to buy the tools. I couldn’t believe it. I just bought a $300 combo set for $25.00. I didn’t care that the tools were a little beaten up. Almost all of my hand tools I buy are used. Many from a hundred years ago.
When I got home, I laid the tools on my bench to see what I got. A drill, an impact drill, a sawsall, circular saw, multi tool, flashlight, and a battery power checker with USB ports. I took the battery it came with and charged it up. It works perfectly.
Why the customer returned the tools is anybody’s guess. There is one battery missing from the set, so it may be the guy wanted a free battery so he simply didn’t put it back in the bag when he returned it. I don’t care. I’m just glad as hell I got the deal of the year. Happy Thanksgiving!
Studentane på tradisjonelt bygghandverk på NTNU har i tradisjonsfaglig fordypning i oppgåve å finne, registrere og måle opp ein lokal skottbenk frå sitt område. Student og medlem i unionen, Sven Hoftun, har posta sitt oppgåvesvar på bloggen med oppmåling av strykebenken i Hoftun. Etter han posta kom det inn spørsmål om korleis kilane kan ha sett ut og Sven svarar at det blir posta om ein tilsvarande benk frå same område som også har kilane bevart. Her følgjer tekst og dokumentasjon frå student Kjell Gunnar Haraldseid på Ryfylkemuseet.Strykebenken på Øystad i Suldal. Foto: Kjell Gunnar Haraldseid
På garden Øystad i Suldal, Rogaland hadde de stående en strykebenk, lengde 319 cm, høyde cm 75 med originale kiler. Bukkane er laga av furu og alle delene er grovt tilhogde med øks, det er noe vannkant på enkelte deler. Stavene er 75 cm høye og blir bundet sammen med tverrbord som er felt inn i stavene med svalehale og spikret. Alle fellingene er grovt utført og ingen er helt like. Den ene foten har en tverrfot som har vært spikret i golvet.Strykebenken sett fra enden med kilen på plass. Det er slått på et bord på begge bukkene for å gjøre kilegangen mindre. Foto: Kjell Gunnar Haraldseid
Langbordene er og laget i furu og har høvlet innside og topp men ellers grov overflate. På enden av langbordene kan man se spor etter bruk av øks. Det faste langbordet har en dimensjon på 3190 mm lengde, høyde 170 mm og tykkelse 25 mm. Det løse langbordet er likt bortsett ifra høyden som er 185 mm.Spor etter felling eller kapping med øks. Foto: Kjell Gunnar Haraldseid Det faste langbordet er ikke felt inn i staven men står på fot slik som det løse og er festet i staven med spiker. Foto: Kjell Gunnar Haraldseid Tverrfot enkelt innfelt og grovt tilhogd mellom stavene. Kilene er av furu, grovt laga og har noe vannkant og ulik lengde.
Arbeidshøyden på strykebenken er 75 cm og det er rundt 5 cm lavere enn det som vi finner på de andre benkene her i Suldal. Høyden gjør at man kommer godt over høvelen og får ført kreftene ned i arbeidsstykket. Lengden på benken gjør at man kan høvle 5 alna bord og ha litt lenge igjen på benken.Strykebenken montert
You want to start out in woodworking, or you’ve taken the first few steps. Whether that’s with hand tools or machines and you think you must have all things in place before you get started seriously. You know, 20 by 20 workshop, that perfect workbench everyone raves about, shelves and cupboards stuffed and stacked with […]
You might think I’m kidding. I am absolutely not. This year, a tape dispenser for my blue tape is the nicest thing I’ve added to my shop. Like many woodworkers, I use blue painter’s tape for many tasks, from taping down small repairs to marking out joinery to shimming things square. For years I simply pulled it off the roll. You know the drill: Find the end of the tape, […]
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When my wife asks me what I want for Christmas, I say the same thing every year: Please do not get me anything. Nothing. I do not want a single dang thing.
I know, however, that there are times where you can’t stop your loved ones from getting you something during the holidays. And that is what this “gift guide” is for. It is a list of small things – usually very inexpensive – that will make your shop time a little nicer.
Here is a list of manufacturers who sponsor this gift guide:
Yup. Most “gift guides” are affiliate programs in disguise. Or they are sponsored content that seeks to offload goods that haven’t sold well enough this year.
All the items in this gift guide are things I’ve bought. With my own money.
One more thing: Since we started Crucible Tool, I have stopped writing tool reviews. I know this gift guide blurs the line a bit. I’m sure I could type some rationalization for this, but instead I’ll just ask the naysayers to take up a new hobby instead.
The gift guide begins here.
— Christopher Schwarz
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I don’t know about you, but Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday – it’s all about the food and mostly free of consumerism…except, of course, for the “Black Friday” sales that start at crazy hours… I will not be at any of those sales. I will be sitting around a table I built (in the one dining chair I’ve built) having a great time with friends and eating what I hope is […]
|added two more to my herd of squares|
|my new to me 8" square, ain't 8 inches|
|the upright ones need work|
|I forgot my 6" Disston|
|scraped the paint on the frog seat|
|wasn't expecting the box it came in|
|he said he only used it about 4 times|
|it has it's own unique personality|
|no other problems|
|ready to check my magnet attraction|
|that is where two magnets are|
|these two are ok and passed all the tests|
|the next two passed all tests too|
|15" square failed|
|I have one more 3/8 magnet for this|
|12" did a bit better|
|flushed up the front|
|this will be it's new home|
|got my saws out for figuring the size of till for them|
|I love the fit and feel of this handle|
|the LN saw has a looser fit|
|the look pretty similar but the LV handle gets a bucketful of gold stars IMO|
|rough ID measurements for the saw till|
|the handle is reluctant to come off|
|no mistaking that this is walnut (it doesn't look like rosewood)|
|handle came off the second one easier|
|my second guess was apple|
|the finish isn't shellac|
|this plate has a lot of etch to it|
|this etch is even fainter|
Convicted murderer William Kemmler, was noted for what?
answer - the first person to be legally electrocuted 1890
Letterhead: W. O. HICKOCK. Eagle Works, Improved Book Binders Machinery, iron and Brass Foundries, Wood Turning, Ruling Machines, Steam and Gas Fitters Supplies, General Machine Works, Keystone Cider Mills, Keystone Feed Cutters. Harrisburg, Pa, U. S. A., April 16, 1886. To: New Urbana Wine Co... "Gentlemen: Have you old Dry Catawba wines and at what price per two or three dozen quarts." Apparently this was a thirsty bunch. W.O. Hickock is still in business as a machinery manufacturer.
Hickok Bookbinders' Machinery: Bookbinders' Tools. Catalogue No. 88. The W. O. Hickock Manufacturing Company, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. c1920. From the famous Hickok Mfg. company, makers of bookbinding equpment since 1844, comes a rare catalog. Judging by the early electric tools, I'm guessing at a c1920 date, but it could be a bit earlier. Nearly out of business at this point, their products remain sought after by bookbinders.
Trade Catalog: ALBUM VAN SCHAVEN EN GEREEDSCHAPPEN: Rabots et Outils - Planes and Different Tools: JOS. HARM, Vijzelstraat 120, Amsterdam. c1900. (judging by the Stanley Planes offered). This catalog of planes, braces, saws and bench equipment is tri-lingual in Dutch, French and English. Tools shown are primarily Dutch, followed by select items from the Stanley line, then a few French and British style planes. There is a small selection of Dutch style braces and saws, along with replacement handles and bench equipment.
This catalog was clearly published for the Dutch trade, as the Dutch planes are not translated. The French, British and Stanley tools are translated in varying sets. Of particular interest are the varieties of Dutch planes and braces that continue styles often listed as from the 18th Century. Needless to say, this is one of my favorite catalogs.
Trade Catalog: C. HAMMOND & SON, EDGE TOOLS AND HAMMERS, OGONTZ, PA., U.S.A., 1910. A full line catalog of the hatchets, axes, and hammers offered by the famous C. Hammond & Son. If you find a Hammond hammer, hang on to it and use it. They made some of the nicest hammers ever.
H.Hale, Plane Manufacturers, to The Providence Tool Col, 1854.
New Haven, Apil 7, 1854
Providence Tool Co.
We are in want of some Plane Irons Which we should like to have you send to us providing you will sell them low as other makers
Please send us list of prices by return of mail
H. Hale Co
Corner St. John & Art.... St.
Trade Catalog: JOHN H. GRAHAM & CO. FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY CATALOGUE, ESTABLISHED 1870. C1920. 112 Chambers Street and 95 Reade Street, New York, U.S.A.. Also offices world wide. Interesting expandable catalog containing a variety of sections covering hand tools, shop equipment, gardening, hardware, etc. For this PDF, I have included only those sections pertaining to tools. To wit: Snell Mfg. Co (auger bits and related tools), Winsted Edge Tool Works (seems to be a full line of tools), Coes Wrench Co., Taintor Mfg. Co, Torrington Co.. Seymour Smith & Sons, L.S Watson Mfg. Co., G.W. Griffin Co., Rock Island Mfg. Co., Asst'd Saw Vises, American Grinder Mfg. Co., Many-Use Oil Co.
Letterhead: GOODNOW & WIGHTMAN, Tools & Hardware. 176 Washington Street, Boston. May 10, 1883. Although this letterhead lacks an addressee, it came from the same group as the next two Millers Falls related letterheads. This is a request for repair and alterations to two vises, to be shipped to Gay & Parsons, Augusta, Maine.
Envelope & Letter: GAGE TOOL CO., Vineland, N.H., April 30, 1897. Envelope and letter from P. S. Gage to his Father, John Gage. Apparently the Gage family was having problems paying their water bills. The letter from P. S. Gage to his father is presented in four parts for legibility.
Trade Journal Advertisement: GAGE TOOL CO. The Carpenter, 1908. "Only Self-Setting Plane-30 Days' Trial
These walnut boards measure around 16" at their widest giving 7 to 8 foot of length. They were given to me by Bob several years ago and they came from a tree that blew over on the farm he grew up on and that was milled into lumber. Most of the tree went to make a very nice desk that is still in use, I couldn't tell you the date but to hear the stories he had it made right around the time of my wife's birth, forty plus years ago. I don't know how long he hauled the boards around before that.
He kept these two left over stragglers with large sections of crotch grain and told me many times he had intended to make a "very neat" coffee table from them. They lived in leaky garages and sheds until I was given them about seven years ago. He asked after them a bit, wanting to know what I'd made with them, and my response came to be that the boards were too dried out to do anything really with. Not a whole truth but in honesty I was at a loss when it came to how to use them.
By the time I got them large cracks had developed in the wider areas, and splits up from the narrower ends. Dry rot, punkiness, and some bug holes were problems on either end where they'd sat on dirt or concrete, semi exposed to the elements for decades. The shape was odd, triangularish, rhoboid, well odd let's just live with odd as a description. They looked like wide boards but sure didn't look useable as wide boards.
Then Bob passed away and I was discussing the building of these boxes with my wife and she reminded me of these boards. Now there was the perfect project they'd been waiting decades for. But how do you break them down to useable stock?
I pulled them out of the lumber rack and leaned them up against the wall for several days while I finished up a few other half done projects. I needed to get boards finished at 6 1/2" wide from these pieces, as much of it as I could. Both had a mostly flat edge along one side and I decided to start by jointing it out.
Lacking a leg vise doesn't usually bother me but handling stock like this makes it interesting. I supported the board on one of my saw benches. I used a holdfast in the deadman on one end and a clamp across from the other side of the bench to level out the flat area and hold the board.
Then it was just down to work with my #7. I didn't really have what anyone would call a "true face" to reference square off of, I'd just lean down and eyeball the edge every couple strokes to make sure I wasn't tilting or doing something else weird.
Once I had the flat I set my panel gauge to 7" and scratched a line.
I used a ruler to extend the line out past the points where the flat ended. Then I headed back over to the saw benches.
This stuff is shy of 3/4" thick and a 5 TPI rip saw made quick and easy work out of it. In a minute I had one board close to my desire.
On the wider board I marked a square line just inside any cracks or nastiness and cross cut those off.
I repeated the process on the second board. Then I wheeled the tablesaw from the corner because the tablesaw excels at perfectly parallel. I ran the straight edge through at 6 3/4" then ran the other side through at a hair past my 6 1/2" so I can swipe off the machine marks later.
Without mistakes I need total around 52" of material for a box. I managed to get enough good stuff for three and a half boxes. I'm not unhappy with this yield and better yet I'm satisfied I've found the right use for this walnut that has seen such a journey to get to this point.
Ratione et Passionis
Ad Cover: John S. Fray & Company, 1894. Makers of Spofford Braces and Tool Handles. I guess that at the time, they felt the need to advertsise their tool handles more than the Spofford Brace.
FORD BIT CO. Holyoke, Mass. c1896-1900. Yes, this catalog really is that yellow. A nice catalog from one of the lesser known auger bit companies. A great piece of printing design work too. One of the best examples of the "Eastlake" style of late 19th Century graphic design.