Veritas Plow Planes Running a groove like this takes under five minutes to make and there is no danger to me or to the work at all. Think about it for a moment. You are making one chest. Two legs have 2 grooves, the other 2 have one. 6 grooves, 5 minutes = 1/2 an…

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Square legs have their place in furniture pieces, yet shaped ones define styles. It’s a challenge to come up with new ones and keep them as yours. Imagine a style if you will. We have lots to choose from and too many to list. Today I shaped the legs of my new Hope chest using…

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My hope chest has several rails to interconnect at the corners. Tough wood being made from solid oak, but I’m planing them by hand quite easily using hand planing methods I’ve used for 45 years and the same methods used by woodworkers for centuries. Old fashioned? No, not really. These methods are ideal for developing…

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“The rails be trimmed fair and fettled to size with smoothness ‘neath my wood sole”  Well, friends, it’s a fair test though not truly scientific. I tested a series of equally lengthed planes including #4s, #4 1/2s. #5s and #5 1/2s to true the flat faces and edges of my Hope-chest rails, which measure 7/8″…

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The class went well all day and from the start the enthusiasm was highly infectious even to the point of being contagious. My class starts always begin with sharpness. Without this, hand tool woodworking is impossible.WIthout hand tools in working woodwork,  artisanship cannot exist. Here we are beginning something. Beginnings have a way of defining the…

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When I think of all the friends around the globe working wood, I wonder how trees keep up with supply. George is here from the USA with his friend John and they tell me of storm-dropped trees 4’ in diameter pretty much for the taking. People owning Woodmizer resaw bandsaws for resawing logs make short…

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I started choosing the wood for the panels of the chest today. They are 3/4 “ thick so that I have enough thickness for the raising and enough to fit in the grooves. My earlier post alluded to the selection of wood but in practical terms here are some of the things I consider initially.…

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Wood rewards the artisan who works its substance honestly to make his living. You may not grow rich from a life working wood, but then who said you were supposed to. As a lifestyle workman, my life has always meant steady, hard work. Often for prolonged periods and often the work has been tedious and…

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I worked on the Hope Chest for a few hours this (now Friday) morning and it went well. Raising panels went well again too. As you can see I used a Stanley #4 across the grain to hog off a full 1/8” from the thickness of this 16” x 16” oak panel before I raised…

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  It’s a specially made wooden box used to contain linens and blankets for extra bedding or changed bedding whereby heavier winter quilts and duvets are stored when lighter weight bed covers are used in summer warmth periods and vice versa. In times past it was a special chest used to store items put away…

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  • Anthony on Hall Hat, Coat & Shoe StandOh boy, I imagine the trolls will be along shortly with their "purist" rhetoric. Bless you, Paul, for being able to weather those storms. I'm looking forward to projects like this.…
  • Paul Sellers on Diminishing Craft ValueOh, I know there are all kinds of reasons for not encouraging any craft work of any kind and not the least of which is something commonly called 'progress'. It's what's being dismi…
  • Matt Bourland on Diminishing Craft ValueThe issue with schools is that they only have so much time. They focus on what is the comming techno land what they can tech the student to be able to join the work force and get a…
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  • L.Arthur on Hall Hat, Coat & Shoe StandInterestingly enough, the ‘flat pack’ is not really a new idea. I think it really took hold, at least in the U.S. when a lot of goods began to be shipped all over the country by ra…
  • Joystick on Plywood Workbench AnniversaryHi Rob, My shed is all metal including the pitched roof and I live in Connemara West Coast of Ireland that seems to be damp winter or summer. My solution was to line the inside of…
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