Yes this can still be done by some of us. One of my other hobbies is blacksmithing. Here in the US we have a good organization of smiths. ABANA (the Artist Blacksmith Association of America) is a great organization and the local chapters have groups of guys just like this forum. I was a member of UMBA (the Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association)…[Read more]
Very nice indeed. I don’t believe I have ever heard of brown oak before. Is it a local thing? Whatever it is, this turned out great!
Well, I just googled and found this about brown oak.:
SmokyRick Crawford replied to the topic Fret Sawn dovetail waste removal results in excessive tear out in the forum General Woodworking Discussions 2 weeks, 3 days ago
@mossy-cup I am over near Rochelle. From what has been said, I am wondering if you have got the idea of paring correct. To pare the wood down should be a small movement at a time with the hands both on the chisel. Slightly moving the chisel to slice the wood away from the area needed. I guess slice is the key word. While you are talking about…[Read more]
SmokyRick Crawford replied to the topic Fret Sawn dovetail waste removal results in excessive tear out in the forum General Woodworking Discussions 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Are you cutting from every edge toward the middle? If not, this may help. This is all that I can think of from what you describe.
It is an “easy to work” wood with about the same strength as pine, but not near the strength of oak or maple. Usually a nice looking wood, but not strikingly beautiful in most cases, it is easier in some locals to get acquire than more expensive hard woods. In the end it is all a choice of what you want to use, and for what purpose.
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Perhaps there is a joint in the front or the back that we can’t see, but the legs appear to be simply glued together. The dowels that hold the “shelf” in place appear to be through the front leg only. This is not a terribly secure joint, but how long has this been in use? Maybe it is good enough? If I was going to make one, I think I would put…[Read more]
Well, for temporary that looks pretty nice. I noticed a shorter saw bench there. (Or what i took to be such.) I have several sawhorses which are all knee high to me. When my kids were young and in 4H, they had a wood working class which I taught. We made these, they were my design. I still have 5 of them myself, if I remember correctly.…[Read more]
When you have it fully seated and there is a gap at the back but not at the front, is it square then? If not, then maybe you need to shave a little off the back of the tenon to allow it to sit straight. That is all I can come up with right now.
SmokyRick Crawford replied to the topic haveing trouble setting frog to allow plain iro to be set in the forum Tools and Tool Maintenance/Restoration 1 month ago
Not sure what the problem may be, but do you have any pictures of it? That may help someone help you.
I have another hobby of blacksmithing. We have the same conversations going on there. Many “purists” saying that we shouldn’t use anything with a motor on it. When the reality is that these folks of old were just making a living. Like anyone else, they tried to find the best ways to do things. Many times motors can help, many times they…[Read more]
It can be done just as you are suggesting. Many folks make cutting boards for the kitchen with much smaller pieces and all glued together. Do what seems right to you. I have glued together what I had on hand many times rather than drive clear into town just for a board of a certain size. No reason it shouldn’t work just fine.
On the other hand…[Read more]
I am building a Roubo styled bench and had the same problem. Bowed boards. I put the glue-up together with a bunch of clamps and cauls and got it to take out most of the bow. I would have had to plane out an inch of material the full length of the 8′ bench to get rid of the bow. Now I have only an eighth of an inch to flatten. Just be sure to…[Read more]
I had a sheet metal apprenticeship in the early 70’s and was taught the 3, 4, 5 method for squaring at that time. Used it over and over through the years. A right triangle (one that has a 90 degree corner in it) in which one leg is 3 units long and the other leg is 4 units long will have a hypotenuse (the longest side) of 5 units in length.…[Read more]
I’ve been looking into a vise also. However, I am in the US and it is much more difficult to find used Record vises around here. I am thinking of a 10-1/2 inch WoodRiver vise with a dog and quick release. I saw some reviews, however about folks finding that their quick release vises would give and not hold well after a while. (Not WoodRiver,…[Read more]
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