The Woodshop Shed

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Honing guide stop

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Honing guide stopI've paused work on my tool tote until a few more tools arrive tomorrow. In the meantime, I created a honing guide stop for more consistent sharpening.It was a fun little project. I sawed the sides off a beat up chunk of oak with a ryoba Japanese saw. I really like this saw! My technique has improved a lot over the past week or two and my cuts were almost dead square. One of those moments that brings confidence, for sure.I shaved the board a little, just to take off the roughness and practice some planing and glued on a few scraps as stops. Narrow lines are for chisels; wide lines are for plane irons.



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"Sedici Animali" (Sixteen Fishes) - an Homage to Enzo Mari's MCM puzzle

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"Sedici Animali" (Sixteen Fishes) - an Homage to Enzo Mari's MCM puzzleEnzo Mari designed this c. 1957 for Italian manufacturer, Danese Milano.My understanding is that the original was Oak, (or sometimes plastic), around 1 inch thick. This puzzle was made out of 1/2” thick birch ply.My dear friends are expecting their first baby any day now – I made this as a gift to them to commemorate the occasion. (I don't actually think this is an appropriate toy for toddlers or younger – I just think it's a handsome piece of Italian design). Now that it's in their hands, I can share photos of it.I created a template in Inkscape, by tracing an image file of a photo with an original Danese Milano puzzle. Being a vector-graphic, I can make the template any size without it getting pixelated. My understanding was that the originals are around 15” x 10.5” – so that's what I made mine.After cutting out the pieces on a scroll saw, I refined their shape on a combo belt/disc sander. Then, after hand sanding, they got just one coat of Danish Oil, and knocked down with paste wax.I feel weird making an homage to something that's still actually in production (I guess it's technically a knockoff?). The thing is, when I first saw EM's puzzles, I don't want to have it—I wanted to make it! I also made his other puzzle, “Sedici Animali” which is on my projects page.They're a lot of fun to make!



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Oak Lathe Bench

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Oak Lathe BenchNew little Bench for the Lathe, old one to light n shaky(in the background). Made from reclaimed Oak timbers. all Mortise a Tennon construction. Added a small Lee Valley vise that was kicking around the shop, never know when it may be needed?
Gave it a quick wipe down with BLO and now have to salvage some more Oak to make the bottom shelf and maybe a small cabinet for storage? Size is 53” long 20” deep and 34” high.



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