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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Still working on a block of oak

    Hmm, must have run out of room , so, here is the rest of the story ( I hope) Carving the top was just a few saw cuts, and some chisel work to make a step on the end. The rear end was just a chisel to rough out, then a belt sander to refine a bit to make things a bit more comfy for the palm of my hand.
    Posted to steve newman (Weblog) by Steve Newman on 06-06-2014
  • First, get a block of oak

    And after awhile, you wind up with a wood bodied edge plane. Almost a skewed Rebate plane. Say this being built on a youtube show from China. Any way, here we go Not too bad a start? The cutter at one time was an old Harbour Freight Skew Chisel for a lathe. Reround the edge to match the plane's opening. Wedge was another chunk of oak, more on the
    Posted to steve newman (Weblog) by Steve Newman on 06-05-2014
  • Just a saw bench

    Built from a few parts. A 2x10 from the dumpster, one store bought 2x4x8' and a few scraps. needed to make this so I could build a workbench later. Legs sply out about 20 degrees or so. Used that step ladder as a workbench. I clamped a spare plank ( it was used later to make the workbench) and then i could clamp things in place to saw on them. That
    Posted to steve newman (Weblog) by Steve Newman on 04-08-2014
  • Workbench build in an Afternoon?

    Some of the pictures of this little pjoject. That stepladder served as a bench during the build. The patio table held the few tools i used for this. The saw is an old Craftsman 7-1/4" all-metal circular saw, and a couple hand saws. Visegrip finger clamps do nicely to hold things in place while i was working on them. A rebuilt De6c worked on the
    Posted to steve newman (Weblog) by Steve Newman on 04-08-2014
  • Tool chest for the Dungeon Shop

    Not really a blog, this time. Will IF someone wants to read it. Needed a chest to store most of my handtools. Had four planks of Black Walnut, and a few of Pine. Using a set of already done Sycamore boards that were raised panel by a handplane as a guide for the side's size. Frame and panel for all the outside sides. Three board glue up for the
    Posted to steve newman (Weblog) by Steve Newman on 04-06-2014
  • Mersman Table: reborn from the trashpile

    Ok, found an old table in a trash pile awhile back. Top was in layers, two of the aprons had split apart. Legs were...Ok. Tore the mess apart, leaving behind a bunch of bugs. Saved two aprons, and all for legs. Even saved the hardware,covered in rust! Pretty sight? Looked under the top, this was made by a company called Mersman. There was no Mortise
    Posted to steve newman (Weblog) by Steve Newman on 06-05-2013
  • Lap Desk

    From reclaimed barn wood? I had an old plank of the stuff, and needed a project to build. Decided to just "wing it" and make a lap desk, using just the boards on hand. Plank had a nice angle crack running the length of the piece. Sawed to get a decent plank for a top Lovely looking, ain't it? I kept the cut-offs. They were then sized to
    Posted to steve newman (Weblog) by Steve Newman on 06-05-2013
  • cheap table part three

    Somehow, I don't like this set up used for pictures. Where was I? Ok, I guess i will just show the completed project, and the Chair it was supposed to match. Chair was my Grandma's, now belongs to my Daughter. let me know if you like it..
    Posted to steve newman (Weblog) by Steve Newman on 02-12-2013
  • Cheap Table??

    Ok, Daughter wanted a small Dinette Table for the kitchen. I had some old planks down in the Dungeon Shop. Milled up an old Oak 2x8 into four leg blanks. This is what passes as a tablesaw nowadays. I used the edge of the saw's base to set the width of the rip. Then a little handplane work to taper the blanks I marked out the taper, and started at
    Posted to steve newman (Weblog) by Steve Newman on 02-12-2013
  • Hand plane's tale: Crash and rebirth

    Awhile back, I had won a Diamond Edge #6c handplane. It was kind of rusty, front knob was cracked, everything was in one piece, though.. However, when the box arrived at my front door... .something didn't look quite right. The front of the part came out of this box, followed by the rest of the plane.. Not quite what I thought I bought. While waiting
    Posted to steve newman (Weblog) by Steve Newman on 07-27-2012
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