Had a great day in the workshop today. SWMBO had requested I make something
for her daughter's birthday, so I set to work breaking down some timber on
the T/S and then sharpened up my collection of hand planes and proceeded to
flatten and dress the boards.
Happiness is spending a day at the bench using really sharp handplanes and
being surrounded by light fluffy shavings, seeing the boards turn out
completely flat and shining. : )
Doesn't matter to me that it's inefficient, - I enjoy the exercise and the
challenge. (Have never owned a thicknesser and gave my jointer to a friend
some time back, - I seldom used it and don't miss it.)
Next stage involves handsaw, chisels, spokeshave and handcut dovetails.
Life is good : )
I posted these links back in August. Your mention of your pleasure of hand
works reminded me of the links. You should really enjoy the 3 viedo's if
you did not catch the the first go round.
Glide Leg Vise
Roubo Bench and a little handy plane work. ;~)
Thanks Leon. There's some really impressive stuff there. The "Glide" leg
vise is *very* nice.
I made a leg vise for my bench when I built it years ago. Nothing
sophisticated like the one in the video, but it works well. The face is
self-aligning to allow secure clamping of timber where the faces are not
parallel. The foot slides in and out and locks automatically through the
medium of a pinch block.
I'll post some pics when I get a chance.
Until you replace that table saw with a two-person pit saw, at best
you're a Cro-Magnon.
Half a day in a saw pit would kill me : )
Years back, I came across many old saw pits while doing exploration work in
the W.A. goldfields.
They were used to produce railway sleepers for the wood hauling trains that
supplied the steam powered gold mining industry in a bygone era. Most was
used for fuel, with a smaller proportion used as shoring in the deep
underground mines. As an area of forest was exhausted, they would rip up the
tracks and re-lay them in an unlogged area. The last of these operations
continued to the early 60's.
At its peak, they were logging 500,000 tons per year, predominantly using
They were extremely tough people.
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