This was my
first woodworking project AND it was built entirely with hand
tools! My dad helped me build the truck when I was 6-years
old. It has the original paint job and 40+ years of
patina. Odd how my sawing and joint fitting abilities were fully
developed at such an early age! Old tools used: unknown handsaw,
This is my 2006 Christmas project for my wife. We bought
a sushi making kit at the 2006 State Fair of Texas in October.
Since then we've been looking for
Japanese dishes that we felt had the proper presentation - so,
I took a stab at building a main serving board. The
project measures about 14" x 8" x 2" and is made from "A Grade"
birds-eye maple and padauk. The finish is five coats of
General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish, which of course is food
Since I had only allowed myself a week to design and
build this project before Christmas, I used machines to bring the pieces to
approximate size, but all final sizing, smoothing, and
finish work was done with hand tools, save for the "raised
panel" effect on the bottom. For that, I used an
RBI Routershop. I made extensive
use of a Stanley 606-C for smoothing, leveling, and jointing.
This is the only Bedrock style plane that I own, so I tuned it
up, set the mouth extremely fine and put it to work. I
finished everything up with a card scraper.
This is a project that I made for my sweetie in 2005 for
Valentine's Day. I followed a plan from Wood Magazine,
substituting hand tool techniques where I could for their
totally machine-oriented instruction set. The box
measures 8 1/2" wide X 5 1/4" deep X 10" high and is
constructed from birds-eye maple, with bubinga accents.
I have to confess that I used a band saw to resaw to approximate
thickness and an RBI Industries
Hawk Routershop to "raise" the lid, but I used
rasps, one of Steve Knight's
coffin smoothers, and cabinet scrapers to achieve
the finished surface. The applied finish is 50/50 turps/BLO,
some homemade wiping varnish, and a couple of coats of
Butcher's Bowling Alley wax.
Texas mesquite, leather, and #6 magnesium shot. I made this
as my OldTools List "Galootaclaus Gift" for 2005. My
friend and part-time galoot Hank, who has an almost complete
collection of ShopNotes, found this project in Issue #2 and suggested
it as a good
Saturday afternoon project. Of course
as we all know, a "one afternoon project" turns into several
hanging... er diligent work. Hand
Harris Tools spokeshaves, Nicholson cabinet rasps.
miscellaneous files, and sand paper. The finish is 50/50
Turps/BLO, Hock garnet shellac, and
Butcher's Bowling Alley wax. Oh yeah, since I had to buy
a full bag of shot from
Goods, Galoots everywhere may be getting these
mallets as Galootaclaus gifts for some time!
This was a conservation project of a 100 year-old baby cradle
made by my wife's great-grandfather. For more
information and photos,
follow the link by clicking on the header or the photo.
This is a
work-in-progress class project that I built at Homestead
Heritage Woodworking School near Waco, TX in April / May 2007.
The chair is constructed from black walnut, using only hand
tools. Most of us brought our chair home with a bit of
work left to be done. I figure that I have about a days
worth of work left in softening the edges on the arms, shaping
the rocker ends, chamfering the tops of the back rails and
gluing up the arms and rockers. After all of that, it's
on to the finishing processes. The chair was designed by
Paul Sellers, who is head of the Woodworking School, and is
used as the project for
Homestead Heritage's 6-day capstone
class to their Foundation Woodworking Course in hand tool
woodworking. And oh yes, there are 44 hand-chopped
mortises in this chair!.
I am just
starting this project. Well, I have the curly maple, block of
ebony and a drawing. That is started -- right?
This is a
hard project to describe, so I encourage you to click on the
image to see a larger plan. Over the last several years,
my wife has been collecting corks from bottles of wine that
we've drank at restaurants or opened at home. So, we've amassed a modest
sized cork collection.
Currently, my wife tosses the corks into a basket in our
dining room, which in now overflowing. I'll be building a wall mounted, glass
front, "cork display" piece for our breakfast room,
it reaches the top of my
While I have built several leaded and
Tiffany style panels over the years, I never documented them
through photography. Below are three projects of which I do have
In early 2005 made a
leaded glass panel and wooden frame as a wedding gift for my
sister-in-law and her new husband. Since I chronicled this project for the
OldTools Mailing List, there is much more about this project if
you click the thumbnail or the title above.
was my first Tiffany style (copper foil) project after
graduating from the various sun-catchers that our
instructor has us practicing on. This was around 1979.
The difference between true "leaded glass" and the copper foil
method is in how the glass pieces are held together. The
leaded method uses "H" shaped channels, called
came, between the individual glass pieces. The
copper foil method used a 1/4" wide copper tape that is affixed
along the edge of the glass and overlapping onto the faces.
This copper surface is then used as the base to apply a bead of
solder completely along the margins. One advantage of this
method is that it allows for freeform construction. This
is the method made famous used by
Louis Comfort Tiffany around the turn of the 20th
century to make many of his famous three-dimensional
lamps and obejt d'art .
One of my first
leaded projects was a basket design that I made for my
mother around 1981. The panel measures about 24" high
by about 18" wide. Unlike the Tiffany of copper foil
method, this it the traditional technique using the
dividers that you associate with church, old railroad station,
and Tudor house windows. The panel now resides in the guest bathroom in my
home. The panel is hung over a glass block window, so the
grout lines are visible through the panel, as is a mottling