Ed

  • Ed replied to the topic Coffee Grinder in the forum Projects 1 month ago

    I like the way the hopper and box relate to each other. How would you feel if the crank was somewhat larger, heavier, and higher and maybe with a knob turned from wood?

    As a technical detail- Did you turn the hopper, inside and out, on a faceplate and then part it off? Is it tenoned into the top of the box?

  • Ed replied to the topic Wood Storage in the forum Wood and Wood Preparation 1 month ago

    Something like this happened to me, but with white oak. I am convinced, from speaking with others, that the wood was not dried properly. Also, white oak is known for having problems with internal checking and is easy to ruin in the drying process.

    I was taught to cut an inch of the end of a piece of lumber, then rap or flex the cutoff to see if…[Read more]

  • I just wouldn’t do this. The chisel defines the width of the mortise. Work to the tools that you have, i.e., use 6, 16, and 25mm mortises. Otherwise, I am afraid you will find that the chisel is pushed sideways or twists when trying to make the mortise in multiple passes and you will not get the accuracy you need. Only the trick of taking out the…[Read more]

  • Ed replied to the topic Garage Shop Renovation in the forum Off-topic 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    You forgot one of the most important aspects of the Lehigh Valley….The Lehigh Valley Velodrome in Trexlertown!

  • Ed Frank posted a new activity comment 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Jeff- Sorry to hear this. What about various kinds of carving? Chip carving only uses a knife. If you live near Maryland, you’re welcome to stop by and give it a try to see if it works without buying tools. What about other forms of carving, like relief carving or whittling? I hope you are looking forward to full use and are just looking for…[Read more]

  • A clarification on my last note: Mary describes carving tools in general and lists a number of brands that she finds to be adequate. I was not trying to say that she is hawking her special set of MM tools. She’s just saying what works, which is pretty much that list of tools (previous post) when made by a half dozen Swiss, German, and British…[Read more]

  • I actually just did this. You can find some free videos about carving tool selection by Mary May. She describes her “beginner” set, which is what she used for the first year or two of her training. It is 5 or 6 tools (a V parting tool and 4 or 5 fishtail gouges). The focus here is on relief carving, not spoons, so you need to decide if that is…[Read more]

  • @tomangle do you have a link that show’s what Curtis Buchanan’s jig looks like? I was just getting ready to cook up my own, and it would be helpful to see his.

    By the way, it is possible to sharpen freehand, but apparently most teachers don’t find their classes have the patience to learn or perhaps there isn’t enough time to become proficient in…[Read more]

  • Ed replied to the topic Goofy brush in the forum Finishing 2 months ago

    Craig, I’ve heard of polishers using a “mop” but have been unsure what exactly that would be or where to look for one.

    I see why you would think this is three tufts from the photos, but it’s not and it will divide into other patterns. It seems it just has such fine bristles that the water tension causes this to happen.

  • In the US, Packard tools has some.

  • Understand the difference between faceplate turning and spindle turning. Put your spindle turning tools someplace else when doing faceplate turning. I’ve just started learning turning from Ernie Conover via his week long class and think his books are very good. You’ll see the vari-grind that Peter mentioned in it as well as some alternatives. With…[Read more]

  • I have the 10″ and will not consider anything smaller for my main vise. It is about the size of the vises we used in class in NY, actually, so I don’t know why Paul is saying to get the smaller vise. We put our tool chest cacases in it, which required just about every inch of the vise. Sometimes I put things in along the grain to avoid flexing the…[Read more]

  • Ed replied to the topic Fifth leg que in the forum Projects 2 months ago

    Isn’t the 5th leg on the Frid bench because of the vise, not because of the main top? See, http://s3.amazonaws.com/finewoodworking.s3.tauntoncloud.com/app/uploads/0000/01/05192729/011053062_mdsq.jpg.

    Paul’s 4-legged bench worked fine for me.

  • Doesn’t Paul use a drawknife for the shaker bench? Whichever project it was might give you ideas for how to hold the work without a bodgers bench, e.g., just in the vise or in a hand screw in the vise.

  • Ed replied to the topic Goofy brush in the forum Finishing 2 months, 1 week ago

    It lets you paint three things at once!

  • Ed started the topic Goofy brush in the forum Finishing 2 months, 1 week ago

    I bought a fancy brush that is supposed to be a really good one, but the bristles divide up into fingers. See the photo. If I dunk it clean in water and swish it around, the bristles will attain their proper arrangement, but once I shake the water out it starts to do this, especially if I gently squeegee the water out with my fingers. It’s like…[Read more]

  • Ed started the topic Goofy brush in the forum Finishing 2 months, 1 week ago

    I bought a fancy brush that is supposed to be a really good one, but the bristles divide up into fingers. See the photo. If I dunk it clean in water and swish it around, the bristles will attain their proper arrangement, but once I shake the water out it starts to do this, especially if I gently squeegee the water out with my fingers. It’s like…[Read more]

  • I wouldn’t go back to extra coarse each time. Start at coarse. If you are getting a burr with just a few strokes, perhaps you are holding the handle at too great an angle. Get a small piece of scrap, cut it at 30 degrees, and put on your stone as a template for the angle to use. The block just sits on the stone at the far end. Hold your tool…[Read more]

  • Ed replied to the topic Blanket Chest in the forum Projects 2 months, 1 week ago

    A few words about the finish: I think there’s as much to learn about finishing as there is for joinery. The color is via water based dye. The figure in tiger maple is just blotching, but blotching we like. This is a case where you try to enhance the blotching, but in a controlled way. A moderately dark dye was applied. I chose to use one of the…[Read more]

  • Ed replied to the topic Blanket Chest in the forum Projects 2 months, 1 week ago

    A few words about the finish: I think there’s as much to learn about finishing as there is for joinery. The color is via water based dye. The figure in tiger maple is just blotching, but blotching we like. This is a case where you try to enhance the blotching, but in a controlled way. A moderately dark dye was applied. I chose to use one of the…[Read more]

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