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  1. One of the items picked last weekend... Was what I thought was an 1/8" wide Sash Mortise Chisel....however... I didn't think the back on this was meant to be ..flat? More of a skinny gouge? Not sure how to either sharpen it, or use it... Any ideas?
  2. Well, some downtime in the shop. Good time to sharpen things up, maybe clean a few items up.... Since the honing guide went airbourne a while back...will have to rely on free-handing things.....Had a few that were in need.. Some had backs that weren't quite flat,,,yet.. The 2 on the left were the worst of this group.....the 2 Aldi's beside them weren't too bad.. Had one other chisel to do, for this afternoon... Had a lot of "issues" going on. Back needed work, and the handle needed fixed... Edge is NOT cambered on one of these ch
  3. Found these in the junkyard today. The screwdriver is a Starrett . The chisel I think was a Foot Operated Mortiser Cutter Bit. I made a handle for it before I googled it. The Hand saw I want to make a lathe wire burner out of it.
  4. How about a broken sledge hammer handle turned into chisel handles. Also a pretty good example of how not to use a lathe but I am learning.https://youtu.be/5dYnNZQn8s8
  5. "Back From The Archives" Originally titled "Throw Back Thursday 6-9-14 Patriot Picking". This week's pick takes us to a nice vintage tool that is a bit larger than a hand plane. Last weekend I received a call from one of my picker friends who ran across this very nice woodworking machine and called me to see if I was interested. I know I have started with that line before and it seems they all know what I am out looking for and they have started helping me, well sorta, since I buy it from them, it cost me a bit more than if I located it myself on the pick. However we are all
  6. No, it’s not a tuning fork. A few years ago, I read an article in Fine Woodworking Magazine that featured a craftsman (Toshio Odate) using a chisel like this while making a shoji screen. Upon seeing the chisel, I decided to research it a bit a see if I could locate one on eBay. I learned it was referred to as a nihon mukomachi, was very hard to find in good condition, and could be rather expensive. I didn’t want one so much because I’m always using 1/4” twin tenons in my work (I’m not), but because I, like a couple other guys I know ( looking at you Steve ), just can’t pass up a good dea
  7. One of the very first woodworking blogs I ever became interested in is this blog by Kari Hultman, a wonderful craftswoman and artist really, in my opinion she brings hand tooled woodworking to another level of refinement. Kari and I have been social media buddies since the old days of this blog, even though Kari has picked up a new line of work and interest (leather), I still visit her blog frequently. It reminds of a time on the internet when things were just simpler, and straight forward, and her old blog is still live, whenever I visit the blog, a nice cozy warm feeling comes over me, enjoy!
  8. From the album: John Morris's Hand Tools

    Just a very handsome Stanley No. 40 I picked up. 9" long, heavy with a great feel. I'd love to complete it with a whole set. I'll be on the look out.
  9. I have been sharpening my chisels & plane blades with a homemade guide, assorted papers spray glued to a piece plate glass for some time now and decided to move up to something less bulky. Found the FASTTRACK on Woodcrafts web site that linked me to https://www.m-powertools.com/. Signed up for the news letter & received 20% off my purchase. First thing I noticed was the weight, 2 pounds. As suggested I screwed it down to a board with a cleat on the end and clamped it in my wood vise. One screw and the rubber feet kept it in place. Road tested on a
  10. For years, I had hoped to teach some of my off spring just something I had learned from watching videos, YouTubes, reading books and forums and it seemed hopeless until today. Yes, he is only 12 and I allowed him to use the skew chisel to put a couple lines around the handle. Here he is sanding. I am so sorry that I did not get a picture of him with the skew in his hand. First picture he is sanding on top of the handle, second is under the handle. Now, he is anxious to turn. I have some stuff for him to do but it will have to be dry and warm again. Steve
  11. Took a bit today, to assemble the parts, and fit things into the tool chest. Tray turned out a bit wider than needed. Lumber was a bit thicker than needed to be. had to cut a rebate along the tote tray's side, to allow the tray to sit down in the chest. Next time, will use a thinner stock..( and there seems to always be a "next time") Ok, a look or two of the completed tray, all nestled into it's new home I suppose I had better hide than level, before Moody shows up. A view from the other direction I think this chest is getting ....almost f
  12. so, back to the Dungeon Shop I go. Have a nice stash of chisels, nothing real fancy, but they need a better home. Already have a spot for the router bits but I don't think it would work to hold chisels. Grabbed a pine board that was long enough to go in the Tool Chest as a tray. It was a might wide so I ripped it down the middle with the old Craftsman circular saw. There are just some things I will not do by hand, and ripping long boards with a handsaw is one of them. Got the two halves into the vise, to take care of any dippity-dos I did both
  13. A Village wide yard sale day was a bust..for me..the Boss found a few items.... Second try later in the day....one site had a few "water pump pliers" at a dollar each. Since I can never find mine WHEN I need them..bought three...and gave a couple to my Daughter, since she is the one that swipes mine, anyway.. Hit a few more places....not much...where do they find all those clothes, anyway.... Found a spot...had a shed full of tools.....must be paying for the shed with the prices he was asking....found a $2 Chisel hiding amongst the $10 ones.. It IS an 1-1/2
  14. Ok, awhile back I picked a plastic tub of tools and such....in one of the many "layers" of toys in that tub, was a chisel shaped object. All metal, mushroomed tip, must have been hurting, tip is all red... Well, finally some free time in the shop, got rid of that mushroom.. Could even read all the writing on it..."Made by Crescent Tool Co." "Jamestown, N.Y." No. 175 1 1/4 Made in USA Hmmm, that might take awhile....bevel had a 40+degree angle to it, and was skewed.... Took a large cup of water to the shop, and set it right beside the
  15. some months ago I used a big project to purchase a couple of pricey tools one was a milwaukee 18 volt circular saw. The weight took some getting used to as I was used to the old school heavy grade worm drive skillsaw. SO I've been using the thing. I gotta say I am really impressed. The prior experience I've had with cordless has all been bad. No power what power there is is fleeting and the batteries run down. They were awful so I didn't buy any. But I'd been reading lately that things have really improved. So I got one. Just one. The saw and two batter
  16. John Morris

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  18. Well, yard sales are over around here, until next spring.....there is a store downtown that has a basement section...called Junk Rescue... Finally had a little extra in my pocket.....decided to buy a few items... Sooo, THIS is what $20 + Tax will get ya.... Might need a little clean up....Chisel? Sold as "Clearcut" 1-1/4" wide Firmer Chisel....that rusty gear box? On the now cleaned crank handle.....Defiance...Made in USA...need a few drops of oil to get things moving.... Yep, two bits for a dollar.....inflation? They did clean up nicel
  19. Short & sweet. And that's one wicked sharp chisel (said with Bawston accent) http://www.finewoodworking.com/2014/10/01/chisel-tricks-for-hand-cut-joinery
  20. Located the one Garage Sale in town.....stopped in to "look around" Hmmm, $4 handsaws? already have 20.....$4 hammers...meh..$1 chisel? According to that ruler, it is 2" wide. Seen better days.. Been "Mushroomed" twice, second one after the first broke off. Still had a wood "plug" in the socket.... Ve Haft Vays.....Handle USED to be a lathe chisel from Harbour Freight. We now have a slick.. About 19" long, counting the handle. Back needs a little more work,,, As for the screws...picked up a couple packs at Wall E World......spent
  21. Using a few older tools today. Made a plane stop a while back. Piece of old saw blade and a wood dowel. Dowel then becomes a bench dog That I smack down into a dog hole near the end vise... The saw teeth grip any wood item pressed against it by the end vise. I also cleaned out the tool well......decide to at least make that chore easier to do the next time around.. So, I made a wood ramp. Nailed in place, it will help out as I can sweep out the well right up the ramp. Once the trash hits the floor, Igor's problem, then. been having a bit of troub
  22. Well, trying something a bit different. Kind of new at this type of joinery..... I used the 358 mitre box to cut a couple lengths of Poplar. Squared a line all around....did a bit of saw work.... After I had laid out a few finger joints.. That mitre line? It gets worse from here...... Version No.1...didn't quite pan out. Got worse trying to cut the matching part of the joint... I trimmed back the fingers a bit on Version #2, BUT..I cut the wrong sections out......fingers were in the wrong spot.... Tossed that wrong item
  23. I ordered a very inexpensive set of mortise chisels, Narex. A Czech outfit, just chopped a test mortise using the 1/4" chisel and I gotta say, not bad for a set of three for 49 bucks. I purchased a cheap set because I want to custom grind the widths of the chisel, I didn't want to buy high end and grind em down. But these Narex's are pretty decent if you want a starter set to get going with, I would recommend these. Below, 1/4" inch mortise chopped at 5/8ths deep.
  24. Nothing exciting just sharing what is on my bench and what is going. I am trying to teach myself woodworking and hand craft. The attached photos are of box joints I am hand cutting. The box joint will be used in a drawer I am making for my table saw to catch the saw dust. In addition to this box joints, I had to make a jug to hold the work. Further, I sharpened up my tools. It is amazing how easy things are when tools are sharp. I sharpened my chisels to 2,000 grit wet-dry.
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