Monthly Archives: March 2009

Twiddle-Dum & Twiddle-Dee

(Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll) While waiting for more tools to show up (a forstner bit to counter sink the mounting bolts), I made another blade. This one has a tapered brass spine (to mimic a canted blade). The taper … Continue reading

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I get a thrill when I drill a bicuspid

(Little Shop of Horrors) Two different ways to do the initial tooth shaping with a file. Either way, you’ll wish you had a tooth cutter. 1) Print a paper template (there are several out on the web) that has lines … Continue reading

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Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport

(Rolf Harris)While surfing ebay (proof I don’t have a life), I noticed somebody selling punches + mounts that make the punch much easier to use for tough materials. And they had a video to prove it. Since I already have … Continue reading

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A Bit of Progress

Not much is happening, waiting for tools to show up.Slotted the elm handle (poorly, the blade slot is out of plane with the spine mortise, arg!). Did a bit more shaping on the handle. Glued (epoxy) the Madrone (remembered the … Continue reading

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Just to be Different

Decided to use something other than Jatoba for the next handle (as on this saw). That also gives me a chance to use up some of the zillions of chunks of wood cluttering the place up. That piece of apple … Continue reading

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Yet Another Back Saw Till

I have a few back saws and need to store them someplace (so many tools, so little room!), preferably in my hanging tool chest, which means I need a saw till. This till is a slight variation on the tills … Continue reading

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Extreme Make Over

The new handle turned out pretty nice.  The finish is varnish over linseed oil. This saw has gone from  to   to Two new handles, one new spine.

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The Dead Can Dance

The rehab/rebuild/resurrection of the Spear & Jackson saw has been  completed.  Some pretty hefty reshaping of the handle, a couple of cracks epoxied shut, a mega soak in linseed oil, new screws (the nuts were reused), the nose was chopped … Continue reading

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Spinal Tap

To make the spine, I take the two strips of metal, stack them in the vise, drill the 8-32 (#29) pilot hole though both, run the tap part way the top strip (holding it in the drill chuck so it … Continue reading

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Snap, Crackle, Pop

I hate cutting sheet steel. I don’t have a sheet metal shear, my snips are the non-offset kind and just suck once you get in more than about an inch and I don’t like cut off wheels. I have a … Continue reading

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