Unplugged Shop

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The Unplugged Shop is a blog aggregator for woodworking blogs. It re-posts the posts of numerous woodworking blogs in one convenient homepage. A few days ago, I requested that my blog’s feed be added to the site and, happily, I have just received an email informing me that this has been done.

Hopefully that will mean an increase in traffic.

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Winding Sticks #3 – Inlay

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With the two winding sticks planed to their final dimensions, it’s time for the inlay. Continue reading “Winding Sticks #3 – Inlay”

Marking Gauges

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I have made a couple of marking gauges recently, both out of walnut offcuts. The one on the left is a centre gauge, for marking the centre line down the length of narrow stock of varying widths. One simply twists the gauge until both pins are in contact with the side of the work piece, and then by dragging the tool down the length of the wood, the marking pin scribes a centre line. Continue reading “Marking Gauges”

There’s more than one way to be unplugged

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Winding Sticks #2 – Rough work

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Many moons ago, my wife and I bought the house we live in now, from the estate of my great-aunt. It is a house that I have known all my life, although the old girl probably wouldn’t recognise it now.

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Winding Sticks #1

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Winding sticks consist of two straight edges that can be placed on a plank or board to assess if, or how, it is twisted. Continue reading “Winding Sticks #1”

Electrolysis

A while ago I posted about some beat up old planes I had been given, and how I was trying out a de-rusting method that I had not used before. I said that I would write a post about it, giving more details, and so, true to my word, here is that post. Continue reading “Electrolysis”

Woods Used in Saw Handles

Fascinating post about saw handles and apple wood, from the Lost Art Press

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Although one is not apt to think of the apple tree as a source of timber, as a matter of fact at least 2,000,000 board feet of apple lumber is manufactured annually into saw handles. This, too, is about the only important use to which it is put, though small amounts are made into smoking pipes, and miscellaneous articles of turnery. The wood was formerly used for shuttles and gave excellent satisfaction, but has been entirely superseded by persimmon and dogwood. As a fuel-wood apple has few superiors.

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Free wood

20150406_214346Yesterday, my brother decided to borrow my chainsaw and prune the hell out of a willow tree. I asked if I could have a couple of the logs.

Coincidentally, I needed to slightly prune a camellia tree yesterday, as it was interfering with a fence panel. Here are the results. The willow is on the left, the camellia on the right.

I’m planning on throwing them up into the shed’s rafters and forgetting about them for a year. I’m not sure what I can do with them. They are branch wood, and I’ve recently read that branch wood is notoriously difficult to work as, by its very nature, it often contains lines of tension that are released, and therefore distort it, when it is cut.

It might be good for turning tool handles, or perhaps for inlay. Any suggestions?

Plane restoration #7 – Reassembly

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Well, here we are. All the parts ready to reassemble. I’m reasonably happy with the way it turned out, but if anyone has any advice on how I could have done better, please let me know in the comments. I’ve got several other planes that could do with an overhaul, so any tips and tricks would be appreciated.

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