Bad Axe handsaws

For those of you who follw my instagram feed (james_son_of_james) you’ll know that I had some Bad Axe handsaws in the shop a few months ago. I didn’t say much about them because I was writing this review for Popular Woodworking. Here’s what I didn’t get to say in the review – Mark Harrell is…

No, really, you can build one yourself.

Let me begin by saying that if you haven’t watched the plane build video on The English Woodworker website, go do that now before reading the rest of this post. No really, go ahead, I’ll wait. Watched it? Good. Now, I have to say this. Since moving to hand tools I’ve taken the path that…

Bark

Having grown up in the Midwest of good ol Merica, you’d think I would be savvy at identifying the trees that yield the material I spend the most time with. But alas, not so. In the eighth grade, I had a science project that involved identifying several different trees, photographing them, and then writing a…

If you have to scrape…

…then do it, but go ahead and turn a burr on that blade so you’re actually taking shavings. Although I revel in those moments when my handplanes leave a smooth, glassy surface behind, there are times when that’s just not going to happen. Reversing grain and run-out plague even the best woodworkers, and there’s never…

At least it’s wood

  Fancy LED display made of Sycamore and controls your home. You can learn more about it here. From what I’ve read, this is still a prototype but it would sure beat the plastic thermostat I have now. Would you buy it?

Buried in Southern yellow shavings.

Utilitarian does not necessarily mean without care. This bunk bed may be made with 2×4’s and 2×6’s, and pocket screws, but I still have to look at it every day. A few passes with the no.8 transforms each of the endposts from rough and ready, to something a little more refined. And this is a…

Feast your eyes

  I came across this slab at my local Woodcraft and it reminded me of these words: “The lumber is taken off the truck by hand, each board quickly studied for its ultimate use. Sometimes an immediate role is assigned; a coffee table, a dining table, an end table. Other planks are separated into general…

A highly refined block of wood.

I mentioned in my last post that my method for spacing the parts of the laminated bedposts was a cut-off from the side rails. I neglected to show what that looked like, so here it is: This block is exactly the same width as the side rails, although I have no idea what that width…

All ye purists, look away!

Family projects generally take precedence over following my own fancy, so I’ve set the chair project aside for the moment in lieu of making some bunk beds. My youngest has been crashing in the office / guest room since birth, and it’s high time to move her in with her sisters, so you could say…