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Trade Catalog: Monhagen Saw Works. Wheeler, Madden & Bakewell, Manufacturers of Warrented Patent Ground, Extra Cast Steel, Circular Saws, Mill, Mulay, Cross-cut, Hand, Panel and Rip Saws, Butcher's Bow Saws, Back Saws, Wood Saws, Felloe and Turning Webs, and Plastering Trowels. Manufactory, At Middletown, Orange County, N.Y.. Branch Office and Warehouse, No. 39 Platt Street, New York. 1859.
A very early catalog from the company that morphed into Wheeler, Madden & Clemson, Woodrough & McParlin which eventually was abosrbed by the National Saw Company. For a full history, see WkFinetools. This catalog has what is known as 'self-wraps", which simply means the cover is constructed of the same paper as are the contents. This makes for a very fragile catalog. That plus the use of acidic paper has resulted in the loss of many mid-nineteenth century trade catalogs to the depredations of time and the elements.
Interestingly enough, there are refernces within this catalog to "see another page" for more information on various hand saws. But there is no other page and there never was one included in this catalog. I can only guess that there was an insert at one time that has been lost. The 1860 catalog at WKFinetools has images of the various hand saws which must be the same ones referred to in this 1859 catalog. Both catalogs feature this engraving of the factory as well as an engraving of their patented saw grinding machine, something that would have given OSHA nightmares.
Trade Catalog: MILLERS FALLS COMPANY, CATALOGUE "B", POCKET EDITION , c1904?.
Millers Falls issued a series of pocket catalogues that are simply cute to behold, apart from superb graphics of rare and unusual items. Read it and drool. Contributed by Randy Roeder of the Oldtools eMail List, owner of A Millers Falls Home Page.
Trade Catalog: Millers Falls Catalog H, c1912.
One of the small format catalogs which, as attested to by Millers Falls expert, Randy Roeder, is actually a mini-version of Catalog 32. Brett Rochette, many many months ago, asked if I would scan this catalog. He had found it in a toolbox, fairly well sodden with machine oil. On arrival, it was clear that oil had won. Mold had begun to set in on the rear cover and pages, almost all of the pages were nearly transparent with oil and the two stapes rusted through. I froze the catalog to halt the mold growth, after which I inter-layered the pages with absorbent paper to sop up oil and removed the staples. Still fragile, but now scannable, here is the PDF of this catalog, done in grayscale to minimize the oil staining
Trade Catalog: WOODWORKERS TOOLS AND MACHINES CATALOGUE NO. 25. RICHARD MELHUISH LTD., TOOLS AND MACHINE MERCHANTS, FETTER LANE, HOLBORNE CIRCUS, LONDON, E.C.4. 1925.
A super catalog, or catalogue if you prefer, of one the great tool houses of Great Britain. Everything the professional shop would need in the way of tools, supplies, machinery, &c, &c, The finest of British and American tools and machinery are represented in these pages. Included are two inserts, one for Irwin bits and one for the BevelMaster sharpening attachment.
Contributed by Joe Parker of the Oldtools eMail list. (28 MB)
Trade Card: MAY & CO. EST 1797. HARDWARE, TOOLS AND METALS. No. 1, Broad Street, Cor. State Street, Boston. Quite literally, the A to Z of hardware stores.
Handbill: SAND PAPER. MATTHEWMAN & LEWIS, 225 STATE STREET, NEW HAVEN, AGENTS FOR THE NEW ENGLAND IMPROVED FLINT PAPER. OCTOBER 15TH, 1868. Fascinating handbill that was sent along with a product sample. Sold by the ream. "Give it a trial, and we doubt not you will order again." What better prose could you ask for when marketing a product?
Trade Catalog: LUTHER'S TOOL GRINDERS. LUTHER GRINDER MFG. CO., MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, U.S.A. c1920. Featuring one of the best catalog covers ever, this small catalog is a perfect example of one company's use of paper advertising to tell the world that they had moved into the modern machine age. Great Arte Deco design. Take a close look and you can see the sparks flying from the grinding wheel. Quite a cover for something so mundane as a grinder.
There are a few things I keep at arm’s reach in the shop: an oily rag, some paraffin and a small sewing can oiler. Shown in the photo above are the four that I could gather in just a few minutes. I have at least four more around the shop. These incredibly cheap oilers keep my tools in good condition. I oil the moving parts of my handplanes. The adjustment […]
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The 2018 class schedule is now live at The Woodwright’s School website. Roy Underhill has been diligently working on the new calendar of classes for the upcoming year and it is finally complete. Most of the regular classes are back with many new classes added as well. You can check it out here.
As most of you know, If there is a class you are interested in get signed up ASAP, they fill up quickly.
— Will Myers
Filed under: Woodworking Classes
In addition to the “Fancy Lad Academy of Woodworking & Charcuterie” sticker, the next set of stickers will feature the “Mine!” image (above) by Suzanne Ellison. Suzanne created this image of a crow made of tools using bits from A.J. Roubo’s “l’Art du menuisier.” The original hangs in my office.
The third sticker will be the cover of Roy Underhill’s book “Calvin Cobb: Radio Woodworker!” by Jode Thompson.
— Christopher Schwarz
Filed under: Stickers, Uncategorized
At first I felt daunted. The thought of moving so soon after returning to England from Wales (two years ago) reminded me of former struggles of tearing and down and rebuilding up. Here we’d been welcomed and we like our newfound friends. Even so, we soon found we needed a place to call our own, […]
|tote has had 24 hours to set up|
|not particularly happy with my glue up|
|the tote off of my #6|
|replaced the original toe screw with a brass one|
|road tested in douglas fir|
I'll buy some more 2x stock and let it acclimate in the shop. I'll cut that up 7/8" thick and make frames and insert plywood panels in them. I'm just planning this and I intend to keep working on the tool rehabs.
|habit pays off|
|penciling base lines|
|baselines done and I was going to stop here but...|
|pins ready to be sawn out|
Did you know that Disney World and Disneyland are both entered through Main Street, USA?
Student og snikkar Håvard Stuberg på Stiklestad har ikkje berre målt opp og dokumentert ein original skottbenk på Klæbu bygdemuseum. Han har også laga seg ein skottbenk basert på den originale, laga seg langbenk for høvling av flask og laga høvlane som høyrer med til skottbenken. Dette kvalifiserer til opptak i Norsk Skottbenk Union og vi kan bare gratulere og ynskje Håvard velkommen som medlem. Under følgjer tekst og bilete frå Håvard.
Etter at jeg begynte på Tradisjonelt bygghåndverkstudiet ved HIST/NTNU vart jeg tidlig kjent med skottbenken og dens fortreffelige bruksområde i å rette bord og panel. Det ble tidlig klart at en skottbenk måtte jeg skaffe meg. Jeg begynte å undersøke om det kunne finnes skottbenker lokalt her i Verdal, uten å klare å finne noen i første omgang.
Under en studiesamling ved NTNU i Klæbu, der vi skulle bygge en låve for Klæbu historielag sitt bygdemuseum, kom jeg over to forskjellige typer skottbenk bukker. Disse var en del av samlinga på Klæbu bygdemuseum. Jeg dokumenterte den ene med tegning og foto med tanke på å kopiere denne ved en senere anledning.
Nå i 3. studieår har vi snekkerier som tradisjonsfaglig fordypning i 12 uker. I forbindelse med dette skal jeg høvle nye gulvbord til Almåsstuggu som bygd i 1823, og som i dag står på museet ved Stiklestad Nasjonale Kultursenter der jeg jobber som museumshåndverker. I den forbindelse vart det da aktuelt å finne frem igjen dokumentasjonen fra Klæbu, for så å lage en skottbenk for å få rettet gulvbord til dette.
Skottbenken kan man si vart påbegynt for lenge siden da jeg i november 2015 kløyvde en førstestokk av furu med øks og kiler etter tradisjon lært av Roald Renmælmo og Siv Holmin. De to havlkløyvningene vart rydd ned til en dimensjon på 13”-5” og har frem til nå vært brukt til vandring på sagstillingen jeg har brukt til handsaging av div tømmer. De er nå med øks og med selvlagd okshøvel og fletthøvel dimensjonert ned til 9”-2” og kappet på 4,1 meter. Dette er en dimensjon som jeg har beregnet jeg vil ha til rettbordene i skottbenken da gulvet har en lengde på 3,8 meter. Rettbordene viser seg å være veldig stive og stødige, dette kommer nok av at de er kløyvd og ikke saget ut av stokken. Jeg har også laget en langbenk som har samme lengde som skottbenken.
Funn av benk i vårt eget magasin!
Under produksjonen av bukkene kom vår magasinansvarlig innom snekkerverkstedet, hun kunne fortelle at hun hadde noe som lignet på disse stående i magasinet som ligger i naborommet av verkstedet vårt. Det viste seg å være en type skottbenkbukker som er veldig lik de fra Klæbu, bare noe mindre i dimensjon.Skottbenkbukken som er i magasinet til Stiklestad Museum. den er i prinsipp og utførelse lik bukken fra Klæbu, men noe mindre i dimensjon. De er som man ser på bildet forsterket på høyre side, antagelig fordi det har blitt strammet for hardt slik at man har fått sprekkdannelse i beinet.
My daughter Maddy is sold out of stickers. But three new designs are being printed now. My favorite is the one shown above. If that sicker doesn’t make a bit of sense to you, read this blog entry at my other blog.
Maddy will start selling the stickers once they arrive.
— Christopher Schwarz
Filed under: Stickers, Uncategorized
Quick editor’s note: These entries on the six kinds of workbench builders are all 100 percent true. I have removed the names of the people involved (except for Todd). Note that I have only love for these nutjobs.
My encounters with The Cheapskate could fill a book on workbenches. This is but one short story.
I receive a fax. On the paper is the message: “Could you call me at XXX-XXX-XXXX please? I have an important question about workbenches.”
Intrigued, I call. My first question: Hey, uh, why the fax?
The Cheapskate: “We’re not allowed to make long-distance calls here at my place of employment. But they didn’t say anything about making long-distance faxes.”
A cold stone grows in my stomach.
The Cheapskate gets down to business: “I want to build a Roubo workbench, but I’m tight on fundage. We’ve got these pallets where I work, and I’m wondering if those will work? I don’t know what the species is – something weird – and the stock is thin and filled with nails and spiral screw things.”
I am certified in counseling The Pallet People. So I know what to do.
Question: What sort of sizes can you get from the pallets?
The Cheapskate: “About 1/2” thick, 4” wide and 48” long.”
Me: So for an 8’-long bench, you will need almost 100 of those pieces just for the benchtop. You will need to de-nail them, flatten them and glue them together in stages that are staggered – probably about 18 to 20 stages – if I remember right from my Pallet People Intervention Manual.
The Cheapskate: “Brilliant! Thanks so much! I’ll do it!”
A few weeks pass; another fax arrives.
The Cheapskate: “I’m working on the benchtop, and I have a technical question for you. How little glue do I need to use to stick these pieces together? I mean, I’m trying to recover all the squeeze-out, but I’ve laminated seven layers so far and used up a 16 oz. bottle of glue. That’s crazy.
“Can I get away with just gluing a little bit at the top and bottom of each board – leaving the middle dry?”
Me: I explain that glue is the cheapest part of any project. (“Not this one!” he interjects. “So far I’ve spent money only on glue!”) Deep breath. OK, I say, if you use this strategy, once you flatten the benchtop a few times the top will delaminate.
There is silence on the phone line. (I’ve won!)
Then he answers: “What if I put a paste of rice and water in the middle instead of glue? I’ve heard that rice glue was used in Japanese cultures. We have a lot of rice.”
I unplug the office fax machine.
The Cheapskate sends me an email: “I need to make a face vise and a tail vise, but all I have on hand is all-thread rod from a neighbor’s fencing job – 32 tpi. Can you help?”
I am seriously considering counseling for myself when a follow-up email arrives. It continues the discussion of the 32 tpi vises.
The Cheapskate: “I’m thinking a quick-release mechanism is the way to go – 32 tpi is really slow. But it’s super precise! So here’s the thing. I have a friend with a SawStop. He set the thing off when ripping my benchtop for me (some of the glue wasn’t dry). The SawStop cartridge has these strong blue springs in it. He was going to THROW THEM AWAY! That got me thinking: I could use those as a quick-release trigger for my vise – holding a bit of metal against the all-thread.
“Have you ever seen plans for something like this?”
Weeks pass, and I hope The Cheapskate has taken up Animal Husbandry, cheaping out on animal condoms or something. But then I get a phone call.
The Cheapskate: “I see you’re teaching a workbench class at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking.”
The Cheapskate: “I was wondering: Could get a student to take videos of your lectures and send them to me? Not the building part. Just the part where you explain how to make the thing. I don’t really have the fundage to take a class.”
Me: I’m afraid that’s not really fair to the students or the owner of the school. Sorry.
The Cheapskate: “Hey, I totally understand. How about I just come to the class and watch? Is that OK? I won’t build anything. I’ll just be there, like a fly on the wall to listen? That OK?”
— Christopher Schwarz, editor, Lost Art Press
Personal site: christophermschwarz.com
Next up: Workbench Personality No. 4: The Best of Everything
Filed under: Workbenches
Podcast episode 3 is now up and can be listened to above. This time, Mike and I tackled one of the most common discussions we have with readers: how to get started on the hand-tool route. What change of mindset is needed to make the switch from power tools to hand tools? Should we be cutting practice joints? What are the biggest hurdles we encounter on this journey? We hope this episode is an encouragement to you to get into the shop to work with your hands. Have further questions? Leave us a comment and we’d love to help. Thanks for listening!
A Regular Old Bench Chisel
As posturepedic as having the leg tenons poking an inch out of the seat, I think it will feel better and look better once I have pared them flush to the seat. On the center leg this isn’t a major deal because the pommel creates a convex curve, but the back tenons fall into the scooped out area. Certainly if you have some carving gouges you can tackle them with those, but I find that a regular old bench chisel used bevel down and quickly and precisely pare them flush and beautiful.
Yes, if you want to see episode two on YouTube you should go here. To see episode three now you will need to subscribe to woodworkingmasterclasses (free subscription) to see it now or wait two weeks when it will go up on YouTube. It has been tremendous to see the response to what I consider […]
The Traditionalist sends me an email. He wants to find a source for his slab workbench top. It needs to be 6” thick, 20” wide and 9’ long. One piece of oak. And rived. Definitely rived. Rived is best. He’s talked to a tree service in his town about riving a tree for him, but they just shook their chainsaws at him.
Hmm, I reply. Have you tried visiting RivedBigSlabs.com? I apologize for my joke. OK, let’s try again: If you want a riven benchtop, you will have to do the work yourself.
He’s considered that, he writes. The problem is that the wedges they sell at his hardware store are either plastic or cast iron. Surely there is an online source for wrought-iron wedges. Wrought iron has grain, like a tree, and is much more suited to cleaving without deforming or breaking.
Also, could I suggest a class for making traditional forged axes in the American pattern? Nothing too late in the game – definitely an axe pattern before 1860. Best before 1830, when the great design malaise of Classicism crept into the work of the craftsman.
The Traditionalist send me a message on Facebook. I don’t use Facebook. A week later he sends me another email. He’d like to buy a large frame saw for ripping his bench legs, but he can’t find anything suitable. Yes, yes, he knows there are people who sell kits for building a saw. He owns those already. But the blade isn’t right. The blade’s teeth have fleam.
Fleam, he explains, doesn’t show up in the historical record until sometime in the mid-19th century, well after the Golden Age of furniture making. If their saws didn’t have fleam, then surely they knew something we didn’t. Fleam must be an unnecessary modern contrivance.
My short reply: Dude, you definitely want fleam, especially in wettish hardwoods.
A week later, The Traditionalist replies: he’s removed the fleam and is having problems. The saw sticks. Do I think they filed sloped gullets between the teeth back then? Perhaps these larger gullets will carry away the waste? Also, he’d like to make some mutton tallow to lubricate the blade but doesn’t know what cut of lamb he should ask for at the butcher to make the tallow. Should it have a lot of fat? Cartilage? Do I have any cites to share on this matter?
The Traditionalist asks me a question during one of his SnapChat stories. One of my teenage daughters sees it and shows it to me on her phone. I decide to wait for his email.
The Traditionalist takes a workbench-building class. On the first day I explain how we’re going to build all the workbench components as a group – one team will work on tops, a second on leg joints, a third on the undercarriage and vises.
During a coffee break on the first morning, The Traditionalist asks if there’s any way he could build his bench during the class without power tools. He explains: Using these machines tends to rob the work of its soul. Everything is too exact. Too perfect. It has lost all its humanity. He wants to stand at a workbench that reflects his own values on craft. It should be beautifully imperfect.
I think about his request. OK, I say. You can build your bench by hand in the afternoons and evenings, and I’ll help you. But in the morning I need you to do your part on the machines so the class doesn’t fall behind. He gladly agrees. I assign him to the Altendorf sliding table saw to crosscut the components to length.
At lunch that day, The Traditionalist sits next to me.
How much, he asks, is an Altendorf?
— Christopher Schwarz, editor, Lost Art Press
Personal site: christophermschwarz.com
Next up: Workbench Personality No. 3: The Cheapskate
Filed under: Workbenches