Inheriting Tools – Part 2 – Papers, a back saw and a brace

21 Dec

For now here is the best picture I have of Ernest Sarjeant’s apprentice / indenture papers.  Hopefully, I’ll have a better copy soon because they’re pretty difficult to read.  You can make the picture bigger by right clicking on it and opening in a new tab.

Here are two of the tools I’ve finished cleaning.  They are ready for work.



Inheriting Tools

20 Dec

In 1980, I was in college and I met Peggy Sarjeant.  Peggy and her family very quickly became  and continue to be my second family.  Matter of fact, all these year later, she lives down the street and her parents (Bill and Faye) live a couple of hours north.  So on Friday, she sent me the following text – “We are cleaning out our crawl space and found a ton of antique tools that belonged to my grandfather. Do you have any interest in looking at them?”  Needless to say, I appeared at her house 10 minutes later. Here’s the spread.

So here’s a bit on Peg’s great grandfather.  Ernest Sarjeant was an cabinet maker’s apprentice / indenture for Thomas and William Lock for 1892 to 1897 in Bristol.  Once he came over to America, he continued his cabinet making business in Daytona, Florida making a table for the Capital Building in 1947.

Here was the first of many upcoming rehab projects that I’ll be taking on with these tools.  Ernest used his tools for many years and he used them up completely.  The dovetail saw is one of many examples.  He sharpened this saw so many times that there is no saw plate  left.  Literally, his last sharpening left marks in the handle where the plate is held.  I’ve purchased a new saw plate for the saw from Bad Axe Tool Works and will let you know how it all comes together.

In my next post, I hope to include information on E. Sarjeant’s apprentice / indenture papers.

Work and Woodworking Intersect

3 Dec

I really wish I could spend my days woodworking, but .. for now .. I have to keep my day job.  Today, both my work interest and woodworking interest had a bit of an intersection. For a bit more on what I do for work, you can take a look at my online portfolio here:  An Environmental Project Manager

I traveled south to our sister Port in Olympia to see the ribbon cutting on their new stormwater treatment system for the Port’s log yard.  Turns out logs, when they come through the log yard, create a fairly significant impact to the water ways used to get the logs into the port.  All those logs and equipment combine to make some nasty black stormwater too.

Douglas fir logs for as far as the eye can see.  There were probably other types of wood there, but pretty much every thing I could see was fir.

And yes, the ribbon was cut!


28 Nov

I’ve had several folks ask that I give up my secrets on how I do the photography for this blog.  So here goes.

First, my camera.  It is a Cannon EOS Rebel XSi. This camera is what I’ve been using since the beginning of my blog and, as you can see, its a bit dusty.

I have a Canon 50 mm .45 m/1.5 ft lens for close up shots. In addition, a tripod with a remote that I keep in the garage for shots like this.

I also have pretty good lighting in my garage.  Lucky me, my garage was built in 2009 .. so new lighting. Yippee! :)

So .. super secret photography tips.  Well, I don’t really have any.  I try to take photos at key parts of the project and use shots that show as much detail as possible.  

Once I sit down at the computer, I pull up Adobe Lightroom and do a little croping and editing to emphasize the important details.  WordPress makes the rest easy.  I’m happy to share more if I wasn’t specific enough.  

Thanks for reading!

PS.  Bob over at Logan Cabinet Shoppe had an interesting post on how he does his photos.  

Click on the picture to see what Bob has to say about his photography.

That didn’t turn out so bad ..

22 Nov

Remember Twist and Shout!  I went ahead and cut the wood into frame parts.  After some well placed hand planning to flatten the individual pieces, it all came together pretty nicely.  Yippee! :D

This was my first attempt a matting and making the frame.  I used a mat cutter to do the matting.

Flag Box Glamour Shots

21 Nov Box with dog tag.

Flag box is done and ready for shipping to my mom for Christmas.  My dad’s memorial flag arrived and after a few attempts we got it folded and fit into the box.

Hope she likes it!

Twist and Shout!

17 Nov

I bought a nice 8′ piece of quarter sawn Sapele to make picture frames.  I ripped it and put it on the shooting board to cut the rabbet for the picture to fit in.  I had to clamp in down to cut the rabbet and when I un-clamped  it, check out what happened.

I’ll cut this into shorter sections to make the frame, but I’m not sure if that’s going to help.  Sigh …


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