Ed

  • Has anyone tried Paul’s convex bevel on a turning skew? What was your experience if so?

    My turning instructor taught us to use a flat bevel, never hollow ground, and explained that this makes it easier to control the tool. I was wondering if anyone has tried Paul’s convex bevel, as it’s so much easier to hone. To be clear- I’m not talking about…[Read more]

  • I hope they show us cleaning up with the plane after the glue dries. He commented that he flushed one joint (top rail with dovetails) before gluing the top. I’d like to see that and flushing the other joints […]

  • Is this really an issue of drying speed? Binding is not occurring because the glue sets up so much as because the moisture in the glue swells the joint. Of course, as the joint gets tight from the swelling, this makes the sticky (but not dry) glue grab even more. Another reason for getting stuck is hydraulics, where you get a pool of…[Read more]

  • I’m just starting in turning, too, and started by taking a one-week class with Ernie Conover in Ohio that covered sharpening, tool preparation, spindle turning, and faceplate turning in dry and green wood. Based on what I learned in that class, my opinion is that a great deal of what is on youtube is not good instruction and that it is worth the…[Read more]

  • I’ve had good interactions with Ashley Iles. If you capture a frame of that video and send it to them with the question, “which of your tools is closest to this,” you’ll probably get good advice on sweep if not width. They were very helpful when I had similar questions a few years ago.

  • How did you estimate 3″? Look at 15:36 where you can compare the gouge to a portion of his curved, smallest finger. You could also compare it to the thickness of the work, although there are perspective effects. Are you sure this isn’t more like a 2″ gouge, perhaps like one of the Ashley Iles Allongee 2″ gouges…[Read more]

  • Ed replied to the topic Mulberry Panel in the forum Projects 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    Do you assemble all four sides of the frame and then do the weaving, or do you assemble just three sides of the frame, slide the weft/twigs down one by one, and then put on the final side of the frame?

  • I wonder if you could afix a thin wooden plate as a new sole rather than flattening by grinding? As a quick test, you could cut a thin plate, fashion a mouth, and attach with double sided tape to the flatter section. This is only a quick test, so fill the gap between the metal sole and the wooden plate with something like auto body filler…[Read more]

  • In any of the projects, does Paul show how he levels the feet to the floor, especially when they’ve already been shaped? Or did I miss that step in this project someplace?

  • Ed replied to the topic Bench vises in the forum Woodworking Videos 3 weeks, 3 days ago

    Woodcraft (in the US) currently has the 10″ Eclipse vise on sale for $120. I’ve used one for several years. The Lee Valley vise is a Jorgensen style while the Eclipse is a Record style. On a Jorgensen, you can only screw tighter and cannot unscrew to slightly reduce the pressure. “Unscrewing” on a Jorgensen releases the catch so that the vise…[Read more]

  • Inlay scrapers came up in Peter George’s thread about his inlayed frame ( https://woodworkingmasterclasses.com/discussions/topic/inlayed-frame/ ). I promised to dig through my notes from class to find Paul’s shop-made inlay scraper. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any notes, but a classmate had two photos, which are attached.

    The tool has a slotted…[Read more]

  • Inlay scrapers came up in Peter George’s thread about his inlayed frame ( https://woodworkingmasterclasses.com/discussions/topic/inlayed-frame/ ). I promised to dig through my notes from class to find Paul’s shop-made inlay scraper. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any notes, but a classmate had two photos, which are attached.

    The tool has a slotted…[Read more]

  • For the others who purchased the LN socket chisels: Did you have the same problem as I did with the handles falling off? How did you fix it? I know about the hairspray trick, but it did not work reliably.

  • The sharpest edges I’ve ever gotten have been on the $6 Aldi chisels. Unfortunately, they broke under use, so I think they were too brittle, but for $6 I’d get another set.

    The Narex chisels from Lee Valley are “mid level” chisels, I suppose. They’ll do anything you like and, since they are from LV, the backs come flat. Preparation is quick. I…[Read more]

  • As grinding or honing reaches the actual cutting edge, there is a change in feel and sound that I listen for every time I sharpen. It’s a scratchy sound, more sibilant, almost like a hiss, and the feeling is more “catchy.”

    There is also the sound of failure…loose hammer faces or heads, vibrations from machines, dull knives thunking over hard…[Read more]

  • Thanks, Phil. There are indeed many profiles and many don’t have access to moulding planes, which is why a scratch block demo could be so helpful. Since profiles can be built from hollows and rounds oftentimes, […]

  • Ed replied to the topic Chest of Drawers in the forum Projects 1 month ago

    Beautiful work! How did you form the profiles on the drawer fronts?

  • There are marking / cutting gauges on which the headstock is not flat, but is pointed so that the gauge can follow a contour. I wonder if you could cut the central opening and then use such a gauge to define the edge of the rebate. Use a gouge to deepen the knife wall from the marking gauge and remove the waste as for any rebate. Work your way…[Read more]

  • Some of us are left eyed, some of us are right eyed. Draw a cut line on a piece of scrap, place it on a table (no need for a vise or clamp), and then lay your saw on the line as if you were going to cut. Depending upon your handedness and your eye-ed-ness, you will prefer to be on one side of the line or the other. This partly relates to whether…[Read more]

  • Phil,

    Many chests would have a profiled edge on the top. Even though Paul’s current design doesn’t call for a profile, this seems an excellent opportunity for him to show us how. Would you please ask Paul if […]

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