Laminated Stanley plane irons n more

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I’m never sure about some things but this week I was restoring an older Stanley enjoying myself seeing the rust disappear and helping the students to see the process and the results. Everything went well and the iron was slightly bellied on the flat side and was bent near to the top so we took …

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Mixed methods for spoonmaking

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I can’t really say that I like or dislike carving spoons with special knives and I suppose it has something to do with who I am as a furniture maker working in a workshop at a bench. I’ve made and sold thousands of wooden spoons and of course I’ve also taught hundreds if not thousands …

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How to sharpen traditional wooden spokeshave

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This question comes up fairly often and this is the how-to that works best. It works on the modern versions of blade-as-sole spokeshaves equally well. It’s not a difficult task but the tangs get in the way of conventional bevel-up sharpening, as you might with planes and chisels, so it’s is easiest to be done …

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The Rhythm of Handwork – A Pace of Life

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In mastering hand tool work I learned early on in the 1960’s that there’s a rhythm to the life of lived craftsmanship that’s governed by internal chemistry, muscle memory and reflex actions. We don’t need to understand how they work but we must allow their governance to give our bodies the rhythm that paces our …

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Why did you start working with wood?

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It’s obvious from your responses to different posts which ones appeal to a larger percentage and one of the highest is working with your hands and earning all or some percentage of your living from being a woodworker. I know the goal is to make your living which of course is important, but dismantling the …

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Getting connected

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I started making things from wood with nails to hold the pieces after seeing my dad clutching a handful of 4” ovals making me and my siblings a go-cart from an old mahogany table. Clenching the pointed nails now protruding over and sending them back seemed the cleverest thing to me and two three-foot pieces …

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Another lifestyle woodworker

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This really happened today. Imagine if it were you. How would you feel if in nine days you’d taken 32 bits of oak and made 56 intersecting joints with about 10 hand tools? This man is Rhodri Owen. He came to me three years ago and did a nine day class. The he invested in another …

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Finishing rocking chairs

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It’s been a good week all around. I recovered from last weeks nine-day foundational class last week and got to spend some time with friends finishing up rocking chairs. I am close to concluding one of my own if I could just find that little extra time for myself, which as they say in Texas, “This …

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Making a chair devil video

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We use these useful tools for finessing spindles and even for paint stripping of spindles if needed. They can be sharpened over and over for decades and they will work better than anything of you have awkward grain. You can create just about any radius you want with just a round file and the tool …

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The joiner’s axe—Part III

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I think this is the last one at this point. The joiner’s axe split cuts all manner of joinery and may seem old fashioned and especially so to today’s carpenter-joiner. Even though I am a furniture maker I knew many furniture makers who never hesitated to pull out an axe to advance their work. This was …

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