Posts made in August, 2013

Old Thresher’s – Day 2 – 108 Heat Index

Posted by on Aug 31, 2013 in Events | 0 comments

Old Thresher’s – Day 2 – 108 Heat Index

Day two was another productive day. Many of our old friends stopped by to visit and some to shop. We were pretty productive at the bench today too, if you measure productivity in shavings on the floor. We started the day cutting and clearing dados in a piece of scrap that would be become a much needed tool rack for the back side of the bench. Yes, there are easier ways to accomplish this but it was perfect practice for the dados we’ll need to cut for the shelf in the Dutch Tool Chest. After that I attempted to true and flatten the boards for the sides and bottom of the chest. I...

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Old Thresher’s – Day 1

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Events | 0 comments

Old Thresher’s – Day 1

What an incredibly hot day. I have no idea what the heat index was but it had to be well over 100 degrees. The down side of that was a slow day for sales. The upside was that we had plenty of time to get some work done. Jessie, the apprentice, found a great Millers Falls jack plane in the trading post and we took a little time to get it in useable condition. It’ll take a little more work to really clean up when we get back to the shop but it afforded me the perfect opportunity to give a lesson on sharpening a plane iron. We also took some time to make a couple straight edges out of a...

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Prototype Bench Pays It’s Freight

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Events, Techniques | 0 comments

Prototype Bench Pays It’s Freight

Every year we load up a huge trailer or two full of our furniture and head up to Mt Pleasant, IA for The Old Thresher’s Reunion. This year we found ourselves short-handed and decided on bringing just one 40ft gooseneck. I found myself contemplating how I might fill some of the gaps left in our display by the missing trailer. I decided to bring the prototype bench and a small selection of tools and supplies to build several small projects including straight edges, try squares and most of Chris Schwarz’s Dutch Tool chest. When you get to a show and start to unload you expect to find...

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