While cleaning out some of my shop drawers I came across my screwdriver shanks I purchased from Lee Valley (unfortunately, they have a limited supply and no longer stock the shanks, I believe) along with the brass ferrules and the 5mm brad point bit (I had a 6mm and 8mm already). I purchased the screwdriver shanks after … Continue reading Heirloom Screwdrivers
I really like the way the toolbox pencil turned out so I decide to use more of the same wood I stabilized using Cactus Juice from TurnTex.com. I did not have any ferrules left for this tool but I did have 3/8" aluminum rod, a file, drill bits, and a scroll chuck for the lathe. … Continue reading Scrap Wood Woodworking Part 4
After making a few try squares I found it fitting to make a few cutting gauges. I have two wheel marking gauges but I am not fond of the small reference surfaces. I like the marking gauges that Jeff Hamilton sells on his website and on bluesprucetoolworks.com. I like to live by the phrase "if it … Continue reading Scrap Wood Woodworking Part 3
A few months ago I purchased a Scratch Awl Kit from rockler.com when they were on clearance. I finally got around to turning the handle to assemble the kit. Upon opening the kit I was a bit disappointed to find that one of the threaded inserts that holds the brass fitting was missing from the … Continue reading Making an Awl
When I started woodworking as a hobby I was obsessed with acquiring wood. Obviously, one needs wood to be a woodworker, and so my hoarding, or collecting, rather, began. I purchased a box of domestic and exotic wood cut offs from Rockler and I have had them in my shop for over 3 years now. I guess I … Continue reading Scrap Wood Woodworking Part 2
Like many hobby woodworkers I have a lot of wood cut offs and scraps saved, well, hoarded. In efforts to thin my seemingly never ending supply of shorts I had a few projects in mind. I saw a video on youtube by Jack Houweling on making a height gauge and I thought that was a perfect way to … Continue reading Scrap Wood Woodworking Part 1
With even the slightest amount of knowledge about case construction, one should be able to see a photo or two and make it themselves and save a few bucks.
It has been about 3 months since my last entry and I have made a few small things in the shop. I had a few small pieces of scrap I have been wanting to use and I found a couple of perfect projects for them. First, I had a small piece of Quarter Sawn White … Continue reading A Few Small Projects