Coming back

May 7, 2017 12 comments

As you already know my posts over the last few months have been non existent. Those of you who follow orepass on instagram already know that I had surgery on my hip at the end of the year. The recovery has gone well. In fact I began running again this week, although one minute at a time. Woodworking has taken longer and the little bit of aggravation created in my hip when sharpening and planing has faded.

The tools have sat long enough and I have been cleaning, sharpening and thinking. After six months a simple project that encompasses several joints will bring me back. Looking through magazines and blogs and finding my saw bench buried under a pile of boxes, bags and family ‘items’ a new saw bench is in order. From all the items piled on and around my bench it appears that others may have been moving into the shop area!
A bench that has caught my eye several times is the split saw bench, several people have blogged with their own version and I’ve had trouble identifying the original designer, although many people point to Billy’s Little Bench. It’s important to give credit where it’s due, but in this case I can only point you to the web. Look up split top saw bench and tell me which ones you prefer.

My original saw bench was built many years ago as a a project from Shannon Rogers’ Hand Tool School. It has served its time well but certainly is showing its age and a couple of repairs have failed to keep it rigid. The split bench should be more rigid and I like the concept of being able to saw boards down the center. Additionally, the dovetails and ┬ámortise and tenon joints will help tune skills that have been resting.

Looking forward to hearing from all of you and thanks for all the support over the last few months.

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Tool Cabinet Supports

January 4, 2017 12 comments

Moving the cabinet around to install hinges, shelf supports and doors has become quite a challenge. There isn’t a scale nearby, but even before tools are placed inside it’s quite hefty. Fortunately there are supports to be built that will fit underneath.

 

The supports consits of a pair of dovetailed boards with a brace. The dovetail is unique and was fun to make. I admit that I did have some trouble getting the angles correct on the brace and the fit is not as snug as I would like, but there are plenty of lessons in mistakes.Unfortuantely I only have the three photographs that I took while making the parts.

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Tool Cabinet Shelves

December 28, 2016 2 comments

One would think that with the cabinet almost complete a plan would exist for the shelves. I’m not quite there yet and it seems that until the cabinet has been used for a period of time there may be several iterations. Certainly there needs to be a couple of shelves and at least one for hand planes. Then there is the issue with the saws? Where will they go?

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Cabinet Shelf Supports

December 24, 2016 4 comments

One of the things that I find most fascinating about being a woodworker is the many differing techniques for accomplishing a task. As usual this Cabinet has a method for installing adjustable table shelves that I have not come across.


It consists of four saw toothed supports. You could make the supports from a couple of boards and then rip them to the correct width. I had parts from an old cabinet so I cut each support to the correct height and width than bolted pairs together. This allowed me to lay out saw and chop the saw tooth and end up with an exact pair. Once laid out it was a surprisingly quick process. I then drilled holes for the screws and attached them to the cabinet sides. I did have to remove the handle from my drill to get the hole placed correctly. The next job is to make the crosspieces which hold the shelves. You can see the one in the picture needed a little more care in measurement but it was a quick job and the adjustment works great.


Until I came across Paul Seller’s hanging Tool Cabinet I had not seen his method for installing adjustable shelves. If you have different methods that are unique for shelf installation let me know.

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Tool Cabinet Hinges

December 20, 2016 5 comments

Purchasing Hinges is something I put off until the last minute. I want to purchase them locally so I can feel their heft and think about how they will fit into my project. Typically I end up on line after being very dissatisfied with what available. The tool Cabinet deserved some quality Brusso┬áHinges. They are more expensive than the local stores but I appreciate the quality. I’ve chosen stainless steel Hinges for the cabinet, the contrast to the cherry catches my eye.


Installing hinges is one of the tasks that gives you instant feedback if you do it poorly. Carefully chiseling, than routing out the waste I make mortises for each hinge.


Focusing on one door I carefully install the hinges and make adjustments to center the door. Once both doors are in I carefully plane the center rail until the doors close without binding. The door on the right is carefully chamfered so the two will pass each other. Anyone else have some good hinge sources?

Categories: Hanging Tool Cabinet

New Apron

December 16, 2016 Leave a comment

A couple of years ago while wandering around Hand Works I had the opportunity to meet Jason and his family from Texas Heritage Woodworks. I know from my instagram and blog friends that many of you have also spent time with Jason. I enjoyed the brief time we talked and was struck with the quality of his workmanship. If you are looking for an apron, tool rolls, stickers or other items you can’t go wrong.

Fortunately when my birthday came around a couple of months ago, Jason took time out of a very busy schedule to add a logo designed by my wife to one of his awesome aprons. I couldn’t be happier. There is something special about knowing the people who make the products you use. Jason,┬áconsider yourselves back door neighbors!

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Tool Cabinet Door Install

December 13, 2016 2 comments

Now that the cabinet doors are assembled and glued, the center stiles are a great addition. I would not hesitate to add them in another project. Next up door fitting…this is one of those parts of woodworking that you enjoy or become frustrating. Fortunately my cabinet is fairly square with only a slight bow along the side. After cutting the rails to length I sharpen up my plane and begin shaving the sides down to fit. After the first door is snug I move onto the second. It’s a slow patient process, but within an hour it’s close to completion.

At this point I want a very snug fit and will plane the doors again when I fit the hinges. The tight fit allows me to mark both the doors and cabinet sides without fear of movement. I also realize that when the hinges are attached that the doors will no longer meet in the center and I’ll be able to plane them to meet.

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