The Woodshop Shed

adventures in woodworking and home maintenance, from my shop in an oversized backyard shed

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#5 Handplane-Jack Mash

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#5 Handplane-Jack MashWestern/Eastern handplane fusion. Front/handle inspired by Chinese designs, back is western. Sole is tigerwood, body is black limba and handle is padauk with black grain filler. Norris adjuster, blade PM-VII. Cuts amazing. Gift for fellow woodworker.



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Artist's Sitting Bench

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Artist's Sitting Benchhttps://vimeo.com/646963448I finished this sitting bench for an artist last summer, after working on it for more than nine months, and handed to her last week. For process pics follow me on Instagram, where I post most of my creative activities now: @bois.et.verre.The bench is made of quarter sawn white oak for water resistance, stability, and decorative figure. Accents are purpleheart (drawer handle and key splines) and padauk (tool organizer). It features a floating drawer case for tool storage and a step for getting above clay and exerting downward force. In the step, I chose to include damage that occurred in the lumber yard in order to honor the imperfection of Nature and Art.No coloring of the wood whatsoever; only a water based polyurethane to bring out the natural gold, purple, and orange of the material and allow the grain & figure to speak for themselves. The seating surface panel was joined by the figure, rather than the grain, to form an image about the four elements: blowing prairie grass (earth), flowing water, and renewing fire, all driven by the wind, which I attempted to represent by bringing out a sense of movement in the figure.The bottom of the drawer features an engraving that echoes the figure into a more coherent picture about the watercycle and the four elements.The accoutrements provide flexible working options. The organizer in the drawer is a tray that comes out for convenient tool placement. A purpleheart caddie with curved sides, lined with epoxy for water tightness, can receive wet tools and small parts. The miniature furniture thing holds sharp #tools both vertically and horizontally for safe and fast swaps. The display box is the only piece that includes decorative metal (gold). It contains small bottles of sawdust from the six species that went into the bench plus the splinter I removed from the gash in the step. A sepulchral lid protects the splinter while a felt-lined bracket hugs the bottles in place when the box is closed. The accoutrements are made of quarter sawn white oak, purpleheart, and padauk, the three primary materials in the bench.I plan to make separate project posts for the peripheral objects.



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Bedans

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BedansA while ago I tried turning with a bedan and I have really liked the tool. So after making a quick bedan with a piece of 6×6x150mm M2 HSS and a scrap of pine, I decided to make some nicer ones to use (I have a 3/8 Sorby bedan).Construction is pretty simple. Glue up some cherry and beech to make a blank. Turn a handle with a 3/16 starter hole in the end (it's a lot easier to drill an existing hole larger and deeper than it is to start a new one). Put on a piece of 1 brass tubing for a ferrule, and finish the handle with BLO and shellac, which is my homemade friction finish. Then drill out the hole to either 1/4 inch for the 6mm HSS, or 1/2 inch for the 12mm stock, and about an inch and a half (40mm) deep. Round the corners of one end of the steel – just knock the corners off with the grinder, and then pound the handle onto the steel using a mallet. Mix up some epoxy with turquoise dye and some powdered turquoise to fill in the end of the ferrule (it'll take two applications). Then finally grind the end of the steel to a 45 degree angle.Done! I thought they looked good on our lawn.As you can see in picture 2, I overheated the quarter inch bedan a little when grinding it. I'll take it back a bit when I get some spare time, but it still stays sharp relatively well. The half inch took a couple-three hours, but I was a lot better at quenching it in the water every time it started feeling the least bit warm.In picture 3, you can see the rays in the beech. I think they're pretty. The cherry has some cool grain too.Picture 4 is looking at the epoxy fill. Not necessary for a working tool, but I like the way it looks.Picture 5 is one of the blanks. I knocked the corners off with my octagonalizing jig and jack plane.I put another coat of BLO on the handles after shooting these pictures, too. I'll probably wipe on a coat or two of shellac over the next few days.



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'Attractive' Rest for a Combination Square

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Some high-end combination squares have a built-in lip or tab for the purpose of resting the tool hands-free on a piece of wood. But because most common combination squares lack this handy feature, I developed this inexpensive solution. Simply …Source

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Four Good Ways to Build Drawers

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Our staff offers simple, strong and fast ways to make this important furniture component. In woodworking magazines, books and plans there's almost always an omission that's big enough to drive a truck through: How to build the drawers for …Source

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