All In a Day’s Work

From my Journal Entry May 2018 My morning bursts open in my head as I walk the river paths through green fields and to my work. Ideas waken in quick successive twists, curves and curls, spinning, spinning, swirling from my brain reminding me of shavings that twist from my plane. Before the pine scent hits […]

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Moving My Stuff

I rarely like other people to pick up or move my wood. We woodworkers are like packrats when it comes to what wood we have and it’s surprising where we acquire it from or how, what we actually have with regards to wood types and sizes and so on. In the USA, with a family […]

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Applying Shellac to My Shelf

I didn’t recall the finish I applied so I found out and it’s not shellac. It’s a varnish from the pre water-borne finishes era as nothing seems to touch it. Varnish was very much the standard in the mid section of that century. The oak had planed out well with such minimal tearout I could […]

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I’ve Got Room to Work Again!

Notes from my Journal May14 2018   It’s Monday evening. I just finished making the wall shelf from my teen years. It was an amazing feeling to relive something so pivotal from 55 years ago. My hands are strong now—a hundred times stronger than back in ’63—and with only lean sinew and pure muscle with […]

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The Stanley #78 Scrub Plane? What?

Here’s something I personally think is well worth shouting about. I’ve never seen anyone else do it as it’s one I thought up more for as another poor man’s woodworking tool. It’s a scrub plane made from an adapted #78 rebate or rabbet plane. Using the term ‘scrub’ mis describes it. It doesn’t at all […]

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Vocational Callings

Who say’s that any more anyway? No one, I suppose, but it had depth. It had meaning. It had future and it had hope. It mattered. And guess what? It still has all of these things and it still matters whether we use the term or not! What is your vocational calling and I don’t […]

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The Garage Workshop Begins

I am ready to commission my new workbench and then too at the same time my new garage workshop. A garage without a bench is a lonely place and a bench without a garage is too exposed. Now the two together, that’s a perfect combination. Where to start? Well, I haven’t a lot of choice […]

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