Monthly Archives: August 2013

[Leg Vise Chop] Carving Update

So I had some more time today in the shop and continued to work on the leg vise chop. There’s not much to tell, the picture show the progress. It was slow, sweaty work, but this is the result of … Continue reading

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[Tool Review] Woodcraft 8″ x 3″ x 1/2″ Soft Arkansas Stone

So I bought this (my first oilstone) earlier this week and used it for the first time yesterday. This is the first oilstone I’ve ever used (so temper this review with that knowledge, you guys out there who have years … Continue reading

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[Deep Thoughts] How I learned to stop worrying and love the oilstones…

Okay this post is definitely for the newcomers to the hobby or anyone who is stepping into the world of sharpening hand tools.  You old salts will probably just laugh… But for anyone out there who, like me last year, … Continue reading

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[Leg Vise Chop] Starting Carving

Got a little time in the shop left after repairing my jack plane iron—that’s another post—time to start carving! First I transfered the design using tracing paper (rub a pencil to cover the back in graphite, then retrace the design … Continue reading

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[Carving Mallet] Completion

I came real close…real close…to just going ahead and using the little carving mallet I made in the end I decided to take it to the bitter end and finish it proper-like. This is how I did it.  After hand … Continue reading

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[My Workbench: One Year Later] The Top

I thought I’d take some time to do something that I’ve been thinking about for a while now.  See, if you look at a lot of the workbenches on Lumberjocks.com you’ll see some real craftsmanship and a lot of artistry.  … Continue reading

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[Leg Vice Chop] Shaping Complete

Got to spend some more time in the shop after I put the kids to bed.  I continued shaping the chop and here is the result….one nicely beveled chop, using chisels and the Nice Ash block plane.  A deadly combination—that poplar … Continue reading

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