All posts tagged: hand tool woodworking

Building The Scott Meek Wave Grip Jointer Kit, Part 2

This is an interesting project because the construction process has me doing some things I don’t normally do. Case in point is the wedge for the jointer plane. This part is the second component in this project which I have been stressing about. My thinking is that for the wedge to properly hold the plane iron in place, it has to be perfectly shaped in thickness. If while forming the wedge, let’s say the left side is a little thicker than the right edge, the plane iron probably won’t stay in that perfect spot while in use. The perfect spot is where a tissue thin ribbon of full width wood is effortlessly removed from some wood (like at the end of this video). But, one thing I have going for me is Scott Meek’s Popular Woodworking video in which Scott explains in great detail his process for making wooden body hand planes; things to look out for and what to do if something doesn’t go just right. I had been watching this video on an …

Window Seat Bookcase: The Crest Rail

When contemplating how to lay out the curved lines for the crest rail, I thought about cutting away a slender strip from a left over piece of 3/8″ plywood. I would then grab some measurements from the bookcase SketchUp model and bend the slender plywood to form the shape needed. The bookcase is 48″ wide and keeping the bent form in place while transferring the curve to the longish seat back/crest rail seemed cumbersome. So I called on SketchUp to help me print a template which could be easily taped to the back of the seat back/crest rail. I could then trace the outline of the crest rail directly onto the blocks of cherry without having to call upstairs for help. And this worked super good. While building this project, I have become proficient at printing full size templates from SketchUp. The output from SketchUp is just about perfect. I spaced guide lines in one inch increments to gain good align of the five pieces of paper needed to form the template. One inch in …

I Like ‘The Naked Woodworker’

New Lost Art Press video provides hope for the cash strapped newbie. Lost Art Press videos often feature lively bluegrass music. The other day I beat my wife home from work; I had the TV going and as she stepped into our family room, bluegrass is what she heard. She asks, “What are you watching?” I reply: “The Naked Woodworker.” She says, “That sounds kind of dangerous.” The visual which then popped into my mind is not one I will share here. The title of the latest video from Lost Art Press is The Naked Woodworker with Mike Siemsen. This is not a video filmed at the wood shop of a nudist camp. The idea is the beginning woodworker enters this craft naked: no tools; no workbench. The goal of this video is to show how a new woodworker can 1), acquire a basic set of woodworking tools; 2), use these tools to build a respectable workbench. And 3), accomplish both in a way which excludes having to borrow money from family and friends. As …