Monthly Archives: March 2015

Tolerance and Precision

Lufkin…Starrett…Brown & Sharpe…The Holy Trinity Skeat:                                                                     … Continue reading

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blue sky

The Russian Bantry Bay Gig, Penetanguishene, 1994 If you can find a copy of Barns, Beams, and Boats online, it is the foundation story behind this boat.  Lance Lee, fresh out of the Marine Corps. in the 60’s, went to … Continue reading

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Lefty, no Pancho

“Each stick was carefully mortised or tenoned by its stump, for I had borrowed other tools by this time.” Henry David Thoreau There’s a wealth of information packed into that sentence. Most people reading Walden will never grasp that Henry … Continue reading

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3-drawer Empire chest

Details are Empire, construction isn’t at all typical of Empire.  Cherry primary wood is light in color, suggesting Pennsylvania or further north.  Sides are 1″ thick white pine, drawers have cherry fronts with properly dovetailed poplar sides and roughly planed … Continue reading

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Shavings

Evan and I spent yesterday afternoon at Mark’s shop, making shavings with a variety of Lie-Nielsen planes, a Veritas smoother, and a couple of vintage Baileys.  We explored the difference between Lie-Nielsen’s A-2, Stanley’s O-1, and Lee Valley’s PMV-11 blades. … Continue reading

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Dowland Manuscript

The Old Records of the Fraternity of Operative Freemasons, under the general name of Old Constitutions, or Old Charges, were written in the fourteenth, fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries. The Dowland Manuscript, as reproduced in Hughan’s Old Charges (1872) is … Continue reading

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Never and Always

Winding sticks on a board, preparing stock.  Mind the gap.  This is the first start-to-finish benchwork project for me in several years, salvaged Asian mahogany from a pallet.  After sorting out most of the embedded gravel, nails, and broken drywall … Continue reading

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