Originally published Aug 28, 2016, this post is about the making of my first good handplane.
Nice I'm getting my shop back up and running one piece at a time. This is my new end vise. I'm using as much stuff I already have as possible. The jaws are made from Baltic birch plywood. It has 15 plies of birch and makes a very strong a stable vise. There are 3 … Continue reading A New Vise
Part 2 I will need lots of clamps for my goal and they are expensive to buy. Here's the first two of maybe 40. There are many flaws in them but it's a good start on getting my shop back into top condition. I know what I have to do next to improve on the … Continue reading Making Cam Clamps – The First Two
Part 1 I'm getting more set up to build things and I'm focussed on cam clamps while organizing my shop and tools. For more information about them see this: Cam Clamps at Rockler. The first step was to make a template I could use to make all the other cams. Here I am cutting out … Continue reading Making Cam Clamps – The Cams
Decide you need more cam clamps. Look at the price of the clamps you need. Recover from sticker shock at the cost of cam clamps. Decide to make your own since they aren't hard to make. Search for cam clamp plans. Watch many YouTube videos on making your own cam clamps. Design your own version … Continue reading Woodworking is Yak Shaving
Originally published August 1, 2010 this post is about a scratch awl I made one morning.