Category Archives: Tool Making

Why buy it when you can make it?

A New Tenon Saw to Match

This is the old backsaw I had been using as a tenon saw for the last few years.  It’s not a pretty sight. I’m tempted to say that this saw had seen better days, but that would be completely untrue. … Continue reading

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I Learned to Turn

A few days ago, I was selling my spoons at an arts & crafts show, and I got talking to one of the other vendors there, a semi-retired gentleman who turns wooden bowls and vessels.  He had a number of … Continue reading

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A Note on Well-Designed Joiners’ Mallets

There are many, many variations on the basic joiner’s mallet design, but there’s one design element I will always insist on in my own mallets: a curved top to the head.  I used to think this was merely a decorative … Continue reading

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Making a Joiner’s Mallet

My current joiner’s mallet is over six years old and is starting to show a little wear.  I’ve had some pecan wood drying in my attic for a year now, and I decided it was time to bring it down … Continue reading

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Building Two Saws: Part 1

This week, I began building two saws, each with a different story behind it.  First, the stories. Story #1 A few months ago, my next-door neighbor was cleaning out her shed and threw out a lot of junk.  My oldest … Continue reading

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Spalt!

It all began back in 2009 when a neighbor was having a pecan tree taken down.  I came over to watch the arborist at work, and I asked if I could have part of the trunk.  He kindly dropped a … Continue reading

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Modifying Tools

I used to be afraid to modify a tool in any way, as I always worried that I would destroy it.  But since I’ve begun to make a few of my own tools, that fear has entirely disappeared.  I seldom … Continue reading

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Retrofitted Planing Stop

When I built my bench about four years ago, I hadn’t thought much about adding a planing stop, but I do often need to plane down pieces wider than my vise.  The end vise and a bench dog work okay, … Continue reading

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You Know You’re Getting Better at Woodwork When…

your friends bring you small projects and you say, “Sure, I can do that.” It happened to me last weekend.  A friend brought me two wooden objects and asked if I could make something similar.   The first was a … Continue reading

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Turning Saw: A Second Attempt

A few years ago, I got the bow saw (a.k.a a turning saw) kit from Tools for Working Wood and set out to make myself a useful tool.  Initially, I was very happy with the result, and I found myself … Continue reading

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