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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #200 on: April 06, 2020, 05:12:51 PM »

Spokeshaves are easy as long as the iron is sharp. You gotta sneak up on the depth though. 

 You also do yourself favors by cutting the nice way into the grain. Tears out otherwise. 
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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #201 on: April 06, 2020, 05:34:26 PM »

I subscribe to the Lost Art Press blog by Christopher Schwarz.  You may know him from such classics as The Anarchists Tool Chest and the recently revised Anarchists Design Book where he details how to build stick furniture. 

He’s shifted obsessions many times over the years.  Campaign Furniture, tool chests, hand plane intricacies (in great depth) and most recently vernacular furniture - furniture made by the people who used it.

Workbenches was one such obsession.

I think we’re in store for 11 days of bench porn.  Where he tours all the benches in his workshop in Florence KY.  There’s a video!   

https://blog.lostartpress.com/2020/04/06/workbench-tour-no-1-the-175-workbench/
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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #202 on: April 07, 2020, 08:28:57 PM »

Workbench #2.

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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #203 on: April 08, 2020, 11:08:55 AM »

I need a face vice!

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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #204 on: April 08, 2020, 11:11:02 AM »

Everyone does. 
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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #205 on: April 08, 2020, 11:14:32 AM »

Actually you need a face viSe.  A face vice can be a multitude of personal problems you should keep to yourself. 
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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #206 on: April 08, 2020, 11:18:57 AM »

Like a Beard for Canjo and CBG builders?
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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #207 on: April 08, 2020, 04:51:52 PM »

Make a trvv kvlt Collapsible Viking Camping Chair?


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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #208 on: April 09, 2020, 06:56:16 PM »

Workbench Tour #3:  the modified kinda sorta Nicholson bench

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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #209 on: April 09, 2020, 07:34:07 PM »

My neighbor moved and asked me if he wanted his workbench and I said sure

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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #210 on: April 09, 2020, 07:42:31 PM »

Nice!   You can swap out the wood.

If I had that metal bar running across the top I would loop power chords down from there - like for a dremel. 



A huge problem I have with mine is that the previous owner ran electrical right across the face - so there is no way to do any clamping and you cannot get at the edge of the bench.  Stupid. 

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« Reply #211 on: April 09, 2020, 11:53:38 PM »

Conduit on the goddamn face?  Wtf kinda shit is that?

We had workbenches like the renfield donation bench in our shop and the upper shelf had duplex outlet cutouts in it. That’s nice, but the lack of mass ends up being a hindrance.
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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #212 on: April 10, 2020, 12:51:29 AM »

I mashed together a decently solid pos bench with a vice and a smallerish grinder and whatnot to tinker on stuff. Previous owner dry walled the 22x24 garage and he put in overhead fluorescents and electric outlets everywhere. It’s like another big room with 2 old cars in it.

It’s the best part, beside the couch.


*well, 1 1/2 cars anyway. The Fiat fits where I used to put the trash cans.
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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #213 on: April 10, 2020, 04:09:21 AM »

I’m building a Viking chair, so I can go off the grid.
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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #214 on: April 11, 2020, 09:10:26 AM »

Workbench Tour #4: The Cherry Roubo.

André Roubo was a French woodworker who wrote a few books on the subject back in the 18th century.  The illustrations from his books provide the most insightful peek into what their trade was like in that time period.  One of those illustrations (or plates) is rather famous.  Plate 11. 

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This bench was made with a nod to that plate.  Particularly the joints from the legs to the top a mortised dovetail combo.  Though he doesn’t mention it in the video. 

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« Reply #215 on: April 11, 2020, 09:28:34 AM »

My Cherry Roubo is my favorite Stevie Wonder song


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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #216 on: April 11, 2020, 08:52:15 PM »

That’s friggin cool.
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« Reply #217 on: April 11, 2020, 09:23:33 PM »

It’s really cool. The thing is, for the joinery and wood on it, it’s the one example of one of his benches where the hardware outshines the wood.  If I felt the same way he did about that I’d totally rebuild the wood and use the hardware in better trim. 

But he’s running a woodworking school and small production shop.  So I get it. Pluse he’s apparently got 7 more benches he hasn’t shown yet.
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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #218 on: April 11, 2020, 09:52:13 PM »

I bought $500quid of Ryobi today. I hope that shit gets expedited here pronto so I can WACK HEDGES




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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #219 on: April 12, 2020, 12:47:06 PM »

Caveman Hand Tool Entry #14: Handsaw Restoration part 1 - The Plate

Bought this at an antique mall earlier this fall.  I tried to clean the rust off to see the etch on the plate, which would tell me what manufacturer made it, but I can only make out a little of it.  Google didn’t help given the limited bit I can see
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I do know it has a fair amount of age on it, as the toe of the saw has this stepped cutout with that little “nib” sitting there.  This is one feature collectors tend to look for when determining whether or not the saw was bought in a department store or ordered from a more reputable supplier

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I’m going to restore it, so basically sand the rust off, clean up the handle, retooth it, set the teeth, stone the teeth, then sharpen the teeth.  This has 7 teeth per inch, as denoted by the 7 stamped in to the plate.  That wouldn’t necessarily be the case if it was retoothed, obviously, but it looks right to me.

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The medallion states “Warranted Superior”.  This label was affixed to millions of saws, and I believe was reserved for any given sawmakers economy line.  The Squire/Epiphone if you will.
 
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The handle is Held on with saw nuts.  Pretty self explanatory. 

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Sand the plate with 180 grit. 

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Rust free.

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Next, the handle. 
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« Reply #220 on: April 12, 2020, 02:31:32 PM »

Entry 14 part 2 - the Handle

I honestly thought I took more pics during the process.   

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Hard to tell much difference in pics,  but i used a card scraper (I’ll document one of those another time) on all the dead finish.  Sanded it with 180.  I’m not OCD about getting the handle looking like new.  I kinda like the patina. But it dies need to feel good in the hand. 

So finishing it I used boiled linseed oil, a few coats, then once it dried, put finishing wax on it.  Makes it feel nice and supple.

Saw nuts get cleaned and a polish too.  Post those in a bit.

Here we go.  Just touch these onto the wire wheel on the bench grinder.  Then the buffing wheel. 

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« Reply #221 on: April 12, 2020, 04:56:13 PM »

Entry 14 part 3:  Cutting New Teeth

This is a Foley Automatic Sawtooth cutter.  It hammers out teeth based on one of a number of different ratcheting bars depending on how fine a tooth pattern you’re after. I happen to have an 8 tooth per inch bar on the carriers, but in other tooth patterns have modified threaded rod to act as the ratcheting bar. 

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I ran a test piece through to make sure it was set up well and I’m glad I did. Turns out I had the plate in backwards, and too far back. This little machine is finicky and once you start cutting teeth, you’re committed.  If you mess up, you might as well continue because you need to run it through again.

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Finished teeth. 

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Next I’ll set the teeth.  That is offset each tooth to the side alternating sides per each tooth.  This widens the kerf that the saw creates as it cuts to give it room to work and keep the wood from pinching the saw plate. 
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Re: Cave Man Hand Tool Blog
« Reply #222 on: April 12, 2020, 05:08:30 PM »

I'm banking on the Toro for its second year. Its sunbathing now. Is there anything I need to do before race day?

Blade sharp, seems balanced?
Oil change full synth
Clean plug
Vacuum filter box (cover is off in pic), filter good.
Gasoline is 6 month's old, treated. Don't care. I run seafoam occaisionally, tank, carb.
I guess I'll check the wheel snugness.

I figure this is Hand Tool since I have to push it.

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« Reply #223 on: April 12, 2020, 05:12:05 PM »

Air filter and spark plug.  Dump old oil, Fill with new.  Blades sharp. Go to town.
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« Reply #224 on: April 12, 2020, 05:24:17 PM »

Entry 14 part 4: Setting teeth.

This is my saw vise.  It holds the plate of a handsaw mostly for sharpening.  I’m using it here to set the teeth.

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The blue tool is called a saw set. It bends the tooth to one side to create that necessary wide kerf.  This is done to every other tooth, then the plate is flipped and the odd teeth are bent over to the other side. 

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The finished set.

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Then I stone the teeth.  Basically rub a whetstone on the face of the teeth to get them all exposed the same amount.  This is important because more set on one side of the saw than the other will make the saw cut a curved kerf.  Not good. I’ll do this again at the end to tune it to cut straight. 

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Next is sharpening. 
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