Sawyer’s Bench #1

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I started work on my Sawyer’s Bench this week. Last time I posted about this, all I had done was to rough cut the components from my stock of cherry (1″ by 6″ and 1½” by 2¾”). Well, now I have worked all of the components to their final dimensions  as much as I can at this stage. There will be some final adjustments to make to the aprons and cleats once the subassemblies are complete. Continue reading “Sawyer’s Bench #1”

There’s more than one way to be unplugged #4

In this final post on different ways to be unplugged, I thought I’d share this video of Roy Underhill demonstrating a few amazing man-powered machine tools.

Shooting board

small_logo1-80x80 (1)My next main project will be a Sawyer’s Bench, designed by Tom Fidgen and featured in his book The Unplugged Woodshop. He hasn’t done a tutorial on the bench yet, but here is a video where he goes through the design of the bench.

The Sawyer’s Bench is basically a glorified saw-horse. It has a split top for rip cutting, a removable fence for cross cutting, and the configuration of the legs is slightly unorthodox in that two are set at 100° and the other two at 90º. This helps with rip cutting, as it not only provides a visual guide for a square cut, it also ensures that you won’t hit the legs with the saw. If my description is confusing, the video will clear things up. Continue reading “Shooting board”

I Need a Maker’s Mark

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Continue reading “I Need a Maker’s Mark”

There’s more than one way to be unplugged #3

Enjoying the struggle

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Although I’ve not been woodworking for all that long, I’m pretty pleased with my progress so far. It has not been plain sailing mind you – I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way – but it would be boring if there was no challenge. Continue reading “Enjoying the struggle”

Norse Woodsmith

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I’ve just heard that goatboy’s woodshop has been added to the Norse Woodsmith aggregator as well. Happy days!

Winding Sticks #4 – Done

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Three coats of shellac, sanded with 320-grit in between, followed by a coat of beeswax, and the winding sticks are done. Continue reading “Winding Sticks #4 – Done”

There’s more than one way to be unplugged #2

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New tools

20150412_124910It was my birthday recently, and I thought I might show you the tools I got given.  Continue reading “New tools”