Nails, baby nails!!

20 Jan

So a friend of mine wanted to build a toy chest for his daughter and asked for my help.  So I suggested the six board chest since its a pretty quick project and he agreed.  Turned out it was the right level of effort and its coming together fairly quickly.  

The amazing part about this chest is that its cross grain construction and we’ve yet to use any glue.  Its made of quarter sawn vertical grain Douglas Fir, but vertical grain  was an aesthetic choice not a construction need. The chest depends on nails to hold it and keep it together.

Here’s a couple of progress shots.

Wanna know how to build one?  This DVD will give you all the details:

New DVD: Six Board Chest

Weeee!! The Flag Box gets an Award!

14 Jan

And, for those Last Minute Elf winners…

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

 Well, the holidays are just about over, but the fun is getting ready to begin!  First, we would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit projects for the Last Minute Elf event. We had 28 entries, and all of them were winners in our book!  There were some great ideas in there, but, as you know, there can only be a few winners. So, without any further ado, here they are:

1) Best turned project: Adam Wroten’s light sabers. 
The force is strong with young Adam, as he turned the handles on his light sabers. Using PEX tubing and some inexpensive flashlights, he is ready to rule the galaxy…

Adam’s light sabers

2) The greenest project: Krishen Kota’s lobster sign.
Take some scrap wood, put it together with a great image, and you have a beautiful hand-made sign that would be fit for anyone in your family. A great reuse of materials!

Lobstah, anyone?

3) The best project to fit inside a USPS flat rate shipping box:  Brian Igielski’s candle centerpiece. 
This project’s simplicity made it a favorite, with the sloping sides and alternating species of wood adding a touch of elegance to any holiday table.

Brian’s Candle Centerpiece.

4) Best for a child: Chet Kloss’ child block carts.
What child wouldn’t love one of these colorful block carts? Chet made these babies to be fun, exciting and something that kids could enjoy for hours!

Chet’s fleet of block carts

5) Best for an adult:  Marilyn Guthrie’s flag box.
Not only is this a great box for a commemorative flag, it’s also a beautifully built version of it. We loved the use of the splines to hold the edges together.

Marilyn’s flag box

6) The coolest tip:  This one came from Gary Shuler. He made a number of cribbage boards as gifts, and gave us a few golden bits of advice, including making an extra board or two in case something should go wrong during the build, and finishing the boards before drilling the holes, making finishing a little easier.

And, for the best overall gift, it was a tough choice. We had to go deep into the monkey cage on this one to find out, but this year, the best overall prize goes to Brian Eve for his Coffee and Cream Roorkee Chair. I mean, who wouldn’t be pleased to receive a fine piece of furniture like this?

The chair in all of its glory

Congratulations to all of our winners, and we hope you enjoy your gift packages courtesy of the Gorilla Glue Company!

By the way, we will have more opportunities for prizes, including the upcoming Get Woodworking Week. Mark your calendars for the week of February 8 – 14.



A bit of history on E. Sarjeant’s carving tools

13 Jan

Today W.K. Fine Tools published this article:  History of Cutlery and Tools with Geoffrey Tweedale – Addis: A Famous Name in Carving Tools – By Geoffrey Tweedale.  The article inspired me to take a few pictures of E. Sarjeant’s carving tools and the makers stamps I saw while cleaning them.

Some of the makers stamps from the article.

Some of the stamps on the tools.

What’s so fun about restoring an old plane?

11 Jan

Well, using it after its all cleaned up and ready to go of course!

So that’s just what I did today.  Ernest and I ( ;) ) went to work on the picture frame that I started before the giant tool score.  Its very fun to use a tool that I not only rehabbed, but that I know the story behind.  This particular Stanley No. 4 is a late 1800 early 1900 version.  Its so old that the blade adjuster turns in the opposite direction that typical Stanleys and for that matter, pretty much every other plane does.  If nothing else, it will remind me how old the plane is every time I use it.

Here’s a couple of pictures of Ernest’s old plane in action.

Restoring E. Sarjeant’s Hand Planes

9 Jan

So I was able to get Ernest’s hand planes into the bead blaster.  Also the new handle and tote arrived as well as the blade, so now for the sequence of pictures showing the restoration.  The handle on this plane was completely trashed so I replaced it with a Bill Rittner handle and tote set.  The blade was also worn down to the nub, so I replaced it with a Hock blade.  For a blow by blow on how I did it please see this post -> No. 3 Stanley Rehab.

8 inch Brace Rehab – E. Sarjeant tools continued

27 Dec

In Ernest’s set of tools there was sweet 8″ brace that needed a little TLC.

First I had to figure out how to get the ratchet apart so I could get the gunck out and grease the parts for good working.  Wiktor Kuc helped me figure out that I need to tap the pin out in between the ratchet teeth.  Once I did that, I could go into the mechanism, clean it out and pack it with grease.

After some scrubbing, look what I found.

Then I took the upper part of the brace to the wire brush wheel the grinder, removed the crud and cleaned it up after with some metal polish.  

I also sanded the wooden handle which lightened it up significantly.  I left the pad alone so the contrast looked kinda silly.  I mixed up some boil linseed oil and some black dye.  And this is how it turned out.

Here is the metal polish I used:,43415,43439,67014

More on Ernest Sarjeant’s Story

26 Dec

One of Ernest’s commissions was a conference table for the Florida State Capital building.  Below is a gallery of some of the plans, documents and photos of the table.  I don’t know if the table is still in use, but it wouldn’t surprise me.  The large mahogany table went for $ 900 in 1946.  No doubt the tools I’ve been working on helped make this table.  Right click on the pictures and open in a new tab to see pictures better.




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