Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sawing Skills Followup

It seems like saws follow me home sometimes.
I really enjoy doing these followup posts to the workshops at the Landmarks Preservations Resource Center. Everyone that attended the Sawing Skills workshop wowed me with their attentiveness, interest, questions and effort. I'm going to try to add some stuff here that I think you all will find useful and interesting.

First off, there was a good deal of interest in the saw benches that we were using. Here are links to the two designs that I had with me. First up is the one I built for myself years ago, featuring mortise and tenon joinery on the stretchers. (link here) This second on is the one we built for another class at the LPRC. I'd use better fasteners than I did, either the cut nails mentioned in this article or screws and I'd definitely use glue either way. Whichever one you build will aid your sawing and while they are awesome and useful alone, a pair is amazing.

Second, the bench hook. I know quite a few of you took some material from the class to make one of your own and that was awesome! Here's a little more info for you. The ones I made are a little different from this one as I make the fence even with the edge of the base. Both work fine.

Third, the holdfast. If you read the first saw bench link you can see that a holdfast is handy on the saw bench. It's especially so if you don't have a workbench in your shop yet. I recommend the ones I had with me, the Gramercy Tool Holdfast, from Tools for Working Wood. Just get the pair even if you only think you'll need one.

Did I miss something? Let me know what I left out in a comment below and I'll take care of it!

Hopefully everyone had as much fun as I did. Next class at LPRC is Planes on July 16th. We'll cover bench planes for truing stock and perhaps some special planes if time allows. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sawing Skills Saturday

Backsaw and Handsaw
Hopefully you'll be able to attend the sawing skills workshop this Saturday, May 21st beginning at 10am a the Landmarks Preservation Resource Center in Wilkinsburg, PA. We're going to work on learning a wide variety of saw related skills, both for breaking down stock into parts as well as finer saw work at the bench. 

We'll crosscut and rip wood, learn techniques to saw accurately on the line, and learn when you might want to use a knife line instead of a pencil line. Emphasis will be on good sawing techniques for accurate sawing of all types. 

We'll also learn how to tell if a saw is sharp enough to use and how to correct problems when the saw won't saw straight. 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

New in the Etsy Shop

We've opened Vesta Wooden Wares and Fine Tools, a new Etsy shop, and are working diligently to populate it with fine items for your careful consideration. It takes some work but we're getting there! I just wanted to let you all know of some tools that are in the store right now.

First up we have a couple of handsaws. Both are Keystone by Disston 26 inch 8 point crosscut saws. Either one will give a lifetime and more of good sawing service with proper care. One is a Keystone Pacemaker with an interesting etch featuring runners. The saw is in good as found condition and is available as is or with cleaning and sharpening service.

Keystone Pacemaker
The other is a Keystone Air Master with an etch featuring an airplane. Saw is in good as found condition with the exception of the medallion screw on the handle being broken. It is also available either as is or with cleaning and sharpening service.

Keystone Air Master
Finally we have a Craftsman hatchet. At 1 1/4 pounds it's a good size for a variety of tasks. It has been ground with a flat bevel to suit right handed folks for carving. It's also good as an all around hatchet for a variety of tasks. Includes its original belt sheath. If you're looking to get into spoon carving it should serve you well.

A real nice Craftsman Hatchet