Thursday, March 08, 2018

Sanding Sticks

For the project I am working on, having some sanding sticks would come in handy.  So I made some.  There are many ways to go about making this simple item.  You can cut the wood off the edge of material you have left over and you can use the grits of sandpaper you need, mix them even.  For my use I found the wood in an area you may not expect and just used 2 grits.  It's simple, fairly quick, and easy.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Hanging an axe

Seems like a decent axe handle is getting hard to find.  Perhaps some of these new companies are just in the habit of flooding the market with poorly made ones and are drowning out the smaller good guys.  I don't think it is lack of good wood, hickory and ash are still in good supply, but no good if cut wrong.  My little Swedish axe finally needed a new handle.  Here is how I went about putting a new one on.  I have to say that lacquer on handles is a pet peeve of mine.  It is hard on the hands and needs to come off.  I can understand that most people would not buy a handle off the shelf that looks dirty so that is why they put the horrible finish on them.  I would rather put up with the dirt.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Modifying pipe clamps

When you work in the shop alone, sometimes it is difficult, if not impossible, to manipulate clamps, have a caul at each end, plus keep everything lined up all at once.  This little project solves most of those problems and makes glue ups much easier.  In addition, it provides a bit more stability when the clamps are on the bench so they don't tip over so easy.

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