So a couple years back Shannon Rogers covered the creation of the Roubo style resaw frame saw in semester 4. And I purchased the metal and blades at that time and they’ve been moved around quite a bit since then. I recently got a spot between some projects, and decided to go ahead and do the Roubo style 4′ long, 4″ wide large saw to see how I can make do. I have lots of 8/4 cherry stock and my oldest daughter has asked for some wall units that would benefit from some book matched components. I figured since most of the stalk “could” be done on a bandsaw I’m covered if this doesn’t work out, but in the mean time it’s sure fun to try out these techniques. I’m pretty impressed to find out some manual operations are a lot faster than power tool operations – setup for hand tools is pretty easy sometimes, and sometimes a simple operation setup on the power tool is not.
Well I had a blast at the show. I got to meet and talk with lots of people – I extolled the virtues of the simple sharpening techniques I learned from Rob Cosman, as well as the skills I’ve learned using the Wood River hand planes. I was able to do some “ooh – ahh” shavings with each of the planes, probably because I had the patience and sharp blades in hand. 🙂 Overall a successful trip for me. I picked up a couple of items (self adhesive sandpaper rolls, and sharpening trays) from the peachtree exhibit, but mostly just worked the booth.
The cabinet I built to transport the planes is going to be redone into two cabinets. I’m just not up to schlepping that much weight around any more! The knock down Nicholson had some interested folks stop by. The bench is a wonder. It’s not light, but it is portable. Chris Schwarz is teaching a class in how to build one in Rockville (at the Rockville Md Woodcraft) this year. And I’m going to reach out to him to see if he’d mind if I did a class on it at Leesburg Woodcraft in addition.
I tried to get Shannon Rogers to attend, but he had some excuse about being tied up in his shop at home. Because of something that Chuck Bender had said or done with/to him. But Chuck was at the show, and was able to stop by and play with the setup as well!
It’s been pretty busy around here – I had several projects to finish up for Christmas, and I’m working at the Woodcraft booth at the Woodworking Show in Timonium Md – Jan 2, 3 and 4. My task is to setup the booth area, and run, the handplane exhibit. I’ll have my knock-down nicholson bench there as well as a display board and transport case I put together for my planes.
I had the chance to attend the maker fair at the Loudoun County fairgrounds this past weekend, as a representative of Leesburg Woodcraft. I met a bunch of like minded folks (folks that like to build things). My role was to make sure that people in the maker community knew that there was a place they could go, locally, to get hands on with the tools and supplies they need – but more than that, we talked about ways to act more inclusively with makers in general. It was a great opportunity to meet folks, and I think that I’m going to get more out of this, than I can possibly offer in support :). Check out the kickstarter page for more information on what happened, and throw a bit of love their way!
I elected to not take any electrical implements, rather I focused on the hand tools. Many of the home-made tools (thanks to the Hand Tool School membership) were on display along with the recently completed knock down nicholson (which had a lot of admirers). And of course my Dutch tool chest was on display as well – that thing has already got a ton of miles on it. … i’m going to have to build the rolling base for it – the extra storage will hold more of the bench appliances, and I want big rubber tires to help roll it over the ground – it seems I use it more outdoors than in shop spaces these days.
This past Friday I had the luxury of being able to take some time off from work and attend the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event in Frederick Maryland. Hosted by Exotic Lumber, the floor was cleared out to make room for several Hand tool makers, in addition to the hands on setups for LN tools. I’ve attended the LN Hand Tool events in the past, and they’re always a bla$t.