Ha! The Review gets reviewed

Mark Harrell at Bad Axe Tool Works published a blog roll in his latest newsletter.   I got a kick out of what he had to say about She Works Wood.

What I love about Marilyn Guthrie’s website and blog is the fact that she lives in an old house like me, and everything she blogs, writes, and posts on her website directly reflects her drive to make the time and space she occupies on this Earth into objects of beauty and endurance. Her website is kind of like ‘This Old House’ for the rest of us, because the rest of us don’t have about $2M to throw into a home renovation project. Marilyn offers practical observations and personal experience making period-appropriate furnishings and projects. Sick and tired of a buncha beer-swilling guys manhandling the blogosphere with the ‘been-there-done-that-let-me-show-you how- to-shoot-that-there-gun-Pilgirm attitude? Let Marilyn show you how she works wood.

Check out his saws if you get a chance.  They’re pretty awesome.  Here’s my post about mine.

A tale of two saws

As you know, I’ve been working on restoring and sharpening a mitre box saw that I picked up.While I was working on it, I also got a chance to put together my Wenzloff rip saw.  Here’s how the handle started.

And here are the saws together.  One made in 2012 and one made around 1920.  One walnut and one curly apple.
Mike Wenzloff has a great pictorial on how to shape a saw handle here: Shaping a Handle.

Training Wheels and why I love Veritas and Woodworking Guilds

Both allow me to be a better woodworker that I should be given the amount of time I’ve put in or talent I have.  First, the Veritas training wheels.  Bevel up planesand saw guides to name a few.  Here’s the saw guide.

It allows me to cut dovetails much better than I could just by hand.  This handy little guide clamps on to the board and guides the angle of my saw as I cut my tails (something my sloppy sawing technique was really messing up).  The big magnet keeps the saw stuck to the guide.


Then I can flip it over and cut the pins by carefully sawing in the waste area.

Also the woodworking guilds I belong to REALLY help.  The two that I belong to are online (The WoodWisperer and the HandTool School).  Then there are all those blogs to keep up with.  So much fun and so much help.