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Organizing some chisels

Posted by is9582 on December 12, 2015 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , ,

As I’ve mentioned at earlier times, I love chisels, which translates into quantity. I’ve been working to plane some more slabs of the Soft Maple, for my workbench top rebuild, and some of my chisels weren’t close at hand in a functional manner, but still showing their presence, if you know what I mean.

I had a couple of White Oak boards that I’d pulled for another potential project, but one of them really didn’t match up visually or structurally, so I decided to make a chisel hanger. While I was visualizing the placement of the selected chisels, I noticed three of them would be too tall, to hang on the intended location of the rack. Rather than re-develop my plans for the large rack, I decided I’d just make a smaller rack, that would live on the plane/spoke shave board I installed on the wall earlier.

Rack for three longer chisels, before any drilling or cutting.

Rack for three longer chisels, before any drilling or cutting.

I laid out my plans on the board and headed over to my band saw. A couple of quick cuts later and it was back to the bench. I planed all of the show surfaces and edges, as there really isn’t any reason in my book to leave the wood with the powered planer marks, since its easy and doesn’t take much time to accomplish.

On the large version, the second edge of the backer board caught my eye, as it just didn’t look even close to square. Sure enough, it was crazy how far out the edge really was off. I took my old Stanley No. 6, that I’d just recently sharpened, as it has a fair amount of camber that I prefer when I need to take a decent amount of wood off relatively quickly. I was just going through my planing routine when I thought I should record a short video discussing wispy vs. full-bodied shavings. Everyone loves to dial in that sub-thou shaving that almost floats away, and that can be exactly what is needed, when working to get the perfect finish, but when you have almost an extra 1/8″ of wood at one end of a board, you don’t want to take 250 passes (based on a 1/2-thou shaving, and 1/8″ = .125″) with your plane to get the wood off. I had a saw close at hand, but decided since it ramped up from almost nothing at one end, to 1/8″, I’d rather use my coarsely set No. 6. Feel free to saw if that is more enjoyable to you.

 

Oak backer board (red arrows), for larger rack.

Oak backer board (red arrows), for larger rack.

As I moved onto final placement for the chisels that would live in this rack, I brought the actual chisels to the workpiece. Sure I could measure the size of the neck of the chisel, and the socket, but the best method is to lay the actual pieces out, where they will reside. This really cuts down on math errors, and provides a true representation, so you can shift pieces around if needed, or perhaps add a piece as I did with the Auriou Model Maker’s Rasp at the far right.

Actual chisels and rasp that will live on this future rack (red arrows pointing to rack board).

Actual chisels and rasp that will live on this future rack (red arrows pointing to rack board).

I have some other things taking my focus currently, so this was the end of my shop time for now. I’ll get back to drilling and cutting and attaching in the near future.

Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Lee Laird

 

Dowd’s Tools – Austin

Posted by is9582 on August 7, 2015 with 2 Commentsas , , , , , , , , , , ,

Last weekend we went down to Craft Pride, located at 61 Rainey Street in Austin TX, to see our good friends Lynn and Tracy Dowd, who were having their Dowd’s Tools event. They always have a large range of tools, and I almost always find something that must follow me home. While each event is obviously different, since the tools they sell are antiques, or at least used. Lynn and Tracy also have to decide what portion of their tools to carry along to each event, so if you are looking for something specific, contact them directly as they very well may have it.  Their contact information is:

Lynn & Tracy
Dowd’s Vintage & Antique Tools
Garland, Texas
972-271-8665

 

I took a few photos at their event, as well as some of the items I procured. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any shots with Tracy in them.

Dowd's sign on its tripod.

Dowd’s sign on its tripod.

 

More tools and some nice Stanley planes.

More tools and some nice Stanley planes.

 

One of many tool chests, along with mingling patrons.

One of many tool chests, along with mingling patrons.

 

Lynn (on the right) and others at event.

Lynn (on the right) and others at event.

 

Some wooden hand planes.

Some wooden hand planes.

 

A range of saws, from panel to back saws.

A range of saws, from panel to back saws.

 

And now for some of the cool tools that “followed me home”:

 

Cool old Piano wire cutter, which I plan to test on guitar fret wire.

Cool old Piano wire cutter, which I plan to test on guitar fret wire.

 

Saw tooth jointer, used to level the teeth, prior to filing for sharpening.

Saw tooth jointer, used to level the teeth, prior to filing for sharpening.

 

Nice old Buck Brothers chisel, with super narrow shoulders, which almost come to a point.

Nice old Buck Brothers chisel, with super narrow shoulders, which almost come to a point.

 

Starrett adjustable setup block.

Starrett adjustable setup block.

 

If you have the opportunity, either go to one of their events around Texas, or stop by the HQ, in Garland. They are great people and always have some cool stuff.

 

Oh, and here is info on their upcoming event:

THE URBAN FLEA
Outdoor Vintage Market
701 Avenue A
Garland, Texas 75040
(Located directly behind RESURRECTED DESIGNS at 701 Avenue A in downtown Garland just one block off the square.)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8TH
10 AM – 5 PM

 

Thanks as always for checking out my article. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

 

Lee Laird

 

Barr Chisel set and leather roll

Posted by is9582 on July 22, 2012 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I’ll start this entry by just saying it out loud, “I love chisels”! There, now no one will ever mistake why I have so many from different makers. Haha. I ordered the four piece chisel set (1/4″, 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″) from Highland Woodworking and with the length of time it took to ship from Barr, […]