Different strokes

The other day I was watching my daughter try to make something at her workbench and I was reminded that when I was younger, my creative process went something like this: try to make something encounter a dilemma find a tool that was made to fix that dilemma repeat as necessary until the thing was…

For Sale – Veritas Medium Shoulder Plane

Veritas medium shoulder plane (3/4″ width) with A2 blade in excellent condition for sale. Absolutely everything about this plane works 100% and I just broke it down to sharpen, clean and oil it. I even polished the brass knob at the back. No box. Everything good you’ve ever heard or read about this plane is…

the rusty years

Even if you’re not a New Year’s resolution kind of person, it’s hard to escape this time of year without some self reflection. This morning I was appreciating every inch of my 6’4″ stature as I was awkwardly cutting the cheeks of stretcher tenons at eye height. This afternoon I was pushing a wheelchair and helping…

Well, that was fast.

Nearly everything on the virtual garage sale page has been sold. A big thank you to everyone willing to adopt these wayward tools and put them to use. I’ll keep everything up there until the USPS makes its rounds. If I add anything I’ll post about it.

Virtual garage sale update

I took the emporium page offline temporarily to load it up with things for the virtual garage sale. It will stay offline for Christmas day, but the sale will go live on Monday Dec 26th at 8am EST. It’s a mix of planes and markup tools. All of it’s usable. Some of it still needs a little…

Karma

A few days ago I answered a Craigslist advertisement about a biscuit jointer and while I was there the guy said the magic words “hey, I’ve got some hand tools too.”   I’ve read about these scores but I never expected to walk into one and even though I knew I didn’t need them all, I…

A matter of scale

Intellectually, I know that the principles are the same whether you’re timber framing or making jewelry boxes. Pay attention to the grain, be careful with your layout and keep your blades sharp. The only real difference is the size of the blades. I’ve been working on the base for the trestle table and as a…

Dave Jeske: “Perfect” in 1000 words or less

Editor’s note: Hand tool woodworkers are living in a golden era of tools and toolmakers. The range and quality of tools available to us is staggering and it seems to be growing every day. To stand out in that crowd your work really has to be something special. Not only are the tools that Dave…

Still looking for that perfect gift?

No, this isn’t another gift guide. It’s a reminder to check back in tomorrow morning for the December edition of the “Perfect in 1000 words or less” guest blog series. I promise, it’s better than reading through that woodworking sale catalog for the 100th time.    

You know what they say about dogwood…

I live in a neighborhood of 1950’s brick ranch houses. Many of the people who live there bought those houses brand new and so they subscribe to a particular sort of Ward Cleaver Jr. landscaping philosophy. Everything is nice and tidy and nothing (besides my yard) grows wild. There’s one old long leaf pine that…

Electric Lathe Land

There’s an old proverb that goes something like this: If you turn a man some spindles he can build a chair or two, but if you teach a man to turn, he can make a whole dining set. That is to say, I want to build some chairs and I’m beginning to feel the siren…