Techniques

Compounding Errors and A Benchmaker’s Tale of Woe

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Techniques | 0 comments

My first mistake was working while I was sick. I’ve had a succession of three summer colds with no more than two or three healthy days between them. When I have a cold my ability to plan for the future drops to almost nothing. This is not a good frame of mind to work in when you’re designing a bench in a style you’ve never built before (Split-Top Roubo), for an imaginary customer (this is a spec bench), incorporating hardware you’ve never used before (damn you barrel bolts!). When I build a custom bench I ask my customer all sorts of questions about how the bench will...

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Laying out the sides of the Dutch Tool Chest “By Hand & Eye”

Posted by on Sep 5, 2013 in Techniques | 0 comments

Laying out the sides of the Dutch Tool Chest “By Hand & Eye”

Last week when I was getting ready for Old Thresher’s Reunion I made a mental note to use the shop’s miter saw to make a 30-60-90 triangle out of some scrap ply to use as a marking jig or batten to saw the sides of the chest at 30 degrees. I lost track of that note and found myself without a jig or a protractor to layout the sides. My recent read of “By Hand & Eye” came to mind and gave me a simple, dependable method to accomplish the layout. Measure the distance from the square bottom edge to the top of the side. Mark a square line from the back edge at least as...

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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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