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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2020, 01:51:45 PM »

Caveman hand tool entry #2. The Rabbet plane.  This one is likely from the late 1800’s but honestly there is no way to tell.

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The rabbet plane (or rebate in England)  is used for edge cuts that step in to the work material.  This is useful for things like cabinet backs that are inset into the casing of the piece.


Sorry for showing everyone my scabby left hand.  Wire wheel on the grinder let me know when I wasn’t paying proper attention. 

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That’s hard maple. And those curly shaving are as satisfying to make as they look. 

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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2020, 01:52:02 PM »

excellent
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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2020, 01:52:50 PM »

aveman hand tool entry #3.  The holdfast. 

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The holdfast dates back thousands of years.  There is a fresco somewhere in Rome that depicts a roman woodworker in the foreground who is chiseling on a bench, using one of these.  It would seem that the invention would date far before that, but that painting is the earliest evidence anyone has found.

They work in a benchtop that at least 1 1/2” thick (mine is about 2.5”) and are inserted into holes just larger than the iron’s diameter.  When you beat on them they wedge themselves in and are difficult to unwedge unless you knock them on the backside.

I made gifs!!!!

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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2020, 01:53:36 PM »

Caveman hand tool entry #4. The handscrew

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I don’t believe anyone makes handscrews like this anymore.  All wood construction with one jaw threaded and the other “dead” to allow the screw action to open and close the jaws.

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Opening and closing is a fun ordeal. Grasp each handle and turn the whole thing like cranking a bicycle with your hands.  It opens and closes both screws at the same rate.  Once you meet up with the work cranking on the rear screw alone cinches things up.

One might assume these are good for clamping pieces in a glue up process, and while they do work for that decently, they really shine at work holding. Using it in conjunction with a holdfast, you can do things like hold a board on edge without fear of it moving on you.  Like this!

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This sort of arrangement is especially useful for operations requiring beating on a piece with a mallet. Chiseling for example- because doing that in a vise off the edge of the bench stresses a vise, and normally the work travels downward with every blow, regardless of how tight you twist the vise.   Here it’s resting on the benchtop and isn’t going anywhere. 

Modern handscrews have threaded rod and both jaws are threaded - one opposite the other in terms of thread direction.  Impossible to take apart as a result.
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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2020, 01:54:01 PM »

Caveman hand tool entry #5. Drills
The eggbeater drill.
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The Brace and bit.

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The eggbeater drill is really fun to use. Load a drill bit, turn it like an eggbeater... viola

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The only downside is that the bits can’t get very big.  But for small stuff, it’s a breeze, so long as the bit is sharp. 


The brace is more like work. 

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When fitted with a spoon bit, you have the ability to direct the hole at an angle while drilling a substantially larger hole.  It’s useful for things like boring holes for chair legs that have some rake to them.

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A Jennings pattern auger bit is the most common type of bit used with a brace.  They’re efficient, but crude and give you quite a workout.

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Then the reamer can impart a taper to the hole - like is necessary for chair legs.  This reamer is actually newish and made by a Canadian tool maker called Veritas.  Tapering tools are made to match the reamer creating a wonderful union of the two.

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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2020, 01:54:19 PM »

More to come later this week.
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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2020, 01:55:54 PM »

Is that mallet in the holdfast gifs something you made?
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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2020, 01:59:19 PM »

I'm very encouraged
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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2020, 02:13:59 PM »

Is that mallet in the holdfast gifs something you made?

It’s called a joiners mallet.  You can buy them new, but Check it out!

https://www.pbs.org/video/big-ash-mallet-jn5sfd/

I consider Roy Underhill a National treasure.  For close to 40 years he’s done that show the same way - One 30 minute take with essentially zero editing.  And he his probably the most well educated historian on western woodworking in the world. 



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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2020, 02:20:47 PM »

Looks like a mallet to use with a Lewis bag. Mmmm Queens Park Swizzle.
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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2020, 02:29:23 PM »

Hell yeah, I recognized it from this video


I'll be looking into this Mr. Underhill fellow
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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2020, 03:15:43 PM »



   I like, and appreciate, this Thread    :)

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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2020, 03:27:23 PM »

Let’s move all maker stuff over here.


Pissy, fix the title. That’s an un-inclusive Pittsburgh  type title.

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« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2020, 03:28:07 PM »

Start your own nerd thread!  The moar the betterer...
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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2020, 03:28:46 PM »

"I think you'd be more comfortable elsewhere."
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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2020, 03:34:36 PM »

Whys everyone tell me what to do!!!!????
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« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2020, 03:37:02 PM »



   Shaft needs to keep his garbage projects the fuck oot.

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« Reply #18 on: March 25, 2020, 03:51:32 PM »

renfield if you want some good books on the subject, get used at Abe Books and look for authors Robert Wearing and Charles Hayward.  You can find them dirt cheap and they probably the most prolific 20th century authors.  Roy Underhill has some too, but I’ve never read his. 

There’s a whole revival in the hand tool thing that goes into hippy communal soulcraft territory pretty quickly.  With a dash of prepper culture.  With a drop of capitalism upheaval. 

If you keep it about the work, it stays enjoyable.  At least in my case. 
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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #19 on: March 25, 2020, 04:03:35 PM »

This kind of stuff blows my mind a little. The amount of patience and also, like... body control? Not sure how to phrase that. To work straight and neat is hard enough with a power tool.
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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #20 on: March 25, 2020, 04:06:50 PM »

Thanks Pissy!
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« Reply #21 on: March 25, 2020, 04:23:45 PM »

This kind of stuff blows my mind a little. The amount of patience and also, like... body control? Not sure how to phrase that. To work straight and neat is hard enough with a power tool.

Often (actually most) times hand tool work isn’t super clean and perfect.  Neither is power tool work.  But if you’ll notice in that first and second entry, I used straight edges (called batten boards) to keep my cuts straight.  Little tricks of the trade like that are invaluable.  The jedi guys don’t need those.

I’ve found that power tool setup for any specific cut or operation can take just as much time or more time as using a hand tool to accomplish the same thing.  The difference is with power tools, you can obviously mass produce much quicker once setup is complete. 

I use both, like most people who do this kind of work.
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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #22 on: March 25, 2020, 04:33:07 PM »

Who will cut off a finger first?


Jor el won’t make anything because he’s playing with a child’s laser toy.



What’s the plan to monetize this endeavor?  This isn’t for fucking fun is it?   We need to bring in money.
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« Reply #23 on: March 25, 2020, 05:16:12 PM »



   I have some projects - just not the space at the moment.

   It is frustrating. 

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« Reply #24 on: March 25, 2020, 05:24:17 PM »

Tons of people out there turn a spare bedroom into a hand tool shop. 

Gotta remove the carpet though. 
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