Inheriting Tools

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.

Fitting Tenons

I just got my February 2013 Fine Woodworking magazine and they were talking about fitting tenons.  It was a good article, but I do something  a little different (not necessarily better) at least for the tenon cheeks.  Their fitting involves using a shoulder plane for the shoulder and a skewed rabbet plane for the cheeks.

Chris Schwarz talks about  it a bit here (since I can’t share the FW article).


So for what it’s worth, here’s the way I do it.

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Thinking about a mark/stamp for my work

Yes, I got the idea from Chrisand thought it was cool.  He had a stamp made of some dividers which has become his identifying mark.  I thought I’d come up with an identifying mark, perhaps of a tool I made.  I’ve made a dovetail saw and a panel gauge; so using those as a mark and then, perhaps, adding my blog handle to help make the stamp unique.  Here’s a couple for consideration:

Dovetail Saw
Panel Gauge
This gives a little bit of an idea of what it would look like.
Here it is with out the Logo.  Better?

Ever thought about doing this?  Any lessons learned?