This is by far the most asked question that I receive in my inbox. And I totally understand why.
There are so many carving tools on the market and for someone just getting into wood carving it can be a daunting task to pick and choose what they need. No one wants to waste money on tools they don't use, or worse, buy a tool that is just a piece of junk.
Today I will try, in a way, to answer this question. For links to all the companies that I refer to in the video please look at the show notes on the youtube video, or look at the lower half of this blog post.
Any questions please don't hesitate to ask. I'm here, I'm always here.
Below are links to several places I go to get my carving tools.
Auriou and Ashley Iles
Sayers Set and Book
Chris Pye online workshop
Mary May carving school online
Sheffeild List (just click to download)
This week the bottom case to the bookcase is complete. Red Barn Old Fashioned Milk Paint, a little Boiled Linseed Oil topcoat, and the inside is finished with Amber Shellac. Can't wait to get the books installed.
I also added two new segments: Book of the Week and Tool of the Week. Just a minute or two about each.
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This weeks update I discuss the bookcase I am currently working on, video book reviews, and starting these weekly shop updates. In the future I hope to put these updates out on Sunday, so look for the next one on May 15th.
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Carving benches come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. I designed mine around the bench used by Chris Pye. It's a very simple bench, even with the tilting function, and can be used for a wide variety of carving tasks.
I decided to build this bench to finally have a designated spot specifically for carving. Now I can leave out anything I am carving at the moment and switch to my regular workbench for furniture work.
This video is just a walk through of the bench, how I put it together, how the tilting function works, and some methods for clamping carvings to this bench.
Enjoy. And like always. Feel free to comment, ask questions, or even email me.
And. If you're interested in carving videos, yup, they are coming. So, if you haven't yet, subscribe to my youtube channel. do it, you know you want to.
After one of my last videos I had several people ask how I made my honing paste.
Here is how I do it.
You just need some Chromium Oxide, Suet (Lamb, beef, vegi, etc), double boiler, and a jar.
It's quick, easy, and sticks to leather strops better than anything. You won't have to constantly reapply honing compound with this paste. I find it lasts longer and actually works better to get a high polish. I even use it at work on my Tormek.
Have some dull auger bits around? Need to get them sharpened up and don't know how?
You are not alone. Someone asked, so here is the answer.
Quick and easy video on how to sharpen an auger bit.
For an auger bit file, which is all you really need, click on this link to Lie-Nielsen. Just one of many sources for an auger bit file.
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Today I answer a couple of questions sent in from Arnold.
Is a Stanley 78 a fillister plane? and How do you sharpen a Ogee molding plane iron?
I always have something to say, but not the time to write it all down, take pictures, and find the best way to format everything into a written blog post. So..... Now I'm just going to point the video camera, yap, and hope something good comes of it.
The good thing is this. Quicker, Better, responses to questions. More and More short quick videos, shop updates, project insights. These are so simple to make I really now have no more excuses for not putting out content.
Will I still be doing Hand Tool of the Week videos? YES , next will be a series on the Stanley 45
Project Videos? YES , I have a couple bookcases to build and a few bathroom cabinets to make.
Videos about Sharpening? Probably not. Unless someone asks nicely and sends me bourbon.
I really hope these Video Blogs are useful, entertaining at times, and just a neat way of staying in touch with each other. My hope is to put out 1, 2, 3 a week. Depends on how busy I am in the shop and how many questions I have come my way, more work more questions = the more videos I will put out.
So , sit back an enjoy the first one. Short and Sweet. Little about my daughters new workbench and tool chest.
Also, remember to subscribe, share, follow in Facebook and Instagram. And if you have any questions shoot shoot shoot. A video response may be coming your way. Also, I may just be giving some tools away soon. Stay tuned for that. All links are on the right side of the page.
OK. This project started with a problem, exploded with an epiphany, and ended in one of the simplest solutions known to man. And though these two boards may not change your life, they will have an impact on mine, and really that's all that matters.
Yesterday I was working in my shop and again found myself surrounded by sawbenches. Really there are just two, but every time I turn around one of them is in my way. Why two? Long boards, that's the only reason. I need two so that when I am cutting long boards I have something to support the other end. I ended up with two after becoming unhappy with my first one and decided to build the Split-Top Sawbench. YouTube video on that HERE.
This issue got me thinking. What other options are out there? I could make one of those hurdle things, but that takes up too much room. I could build my daughter a new workbench the same height as my sawbench and use that when I needed to. That's too much work.
What can I make that will take up the least amount of room, only come out when I need it, and will do the job every time?
Then BAM! it hit me. Two boards. One wide enough to support what I am sawing, and one heavy enough to support and balance the other. It all came to me at once. Now, I know that I may not have invented this, maybe I got lucky and I did, but I know I haven't seen this before. So, for me in my little world, I invented the Sawbench Helper. If you find a source for something like this let me know, I would love to see it.
It is as simple as it looks, and was made from a couple of scraps I had laying around.
One 3/4" piece of pine, 11" wide, and as tall as my sawbench. The top edge has been rounded over to protect project material. And one piece of White Oak, 21" long, 2 1/4" tall, and 1 1/2" wide.
The real key is the joint, a simple bridle joint.
The bridle joint is a strong joint that helps this little guy stand up, stay rigid, and slide together and apart for storage. Once I drill a hole in each piece I can simply hang each piece on the wall and pull it down when needed.
The bridle joint in the Oak is 3/4" wide to match the Pine, side dados are 1/8" deep, and the top is chopped in 3/4 of an inch. I started with the 3/4" deep notch and then finished out the two dados with a chisel. This is enough material to lock the two pieces together and provide me with a stable and sturdy support. Start with the bridle joint and then cut the Pine board to fit. It should be a good friction fit, enough to stay together, but not so much the Pine splits. Leave the Pine long until the joint is good, just in case you have to go at it a couple times. Another tip is to make the joint just a hair narrower than 3/4" and plane the Pine to fit in that direction as well.
In the end, the stupid thing really works. It has obviously not had months of trial use, but it is simple enough I think it will work for a good long time. Goes together quick and easy and takes up very little room in the shop. Try it out for yourself, everyone needs a little help from time to time.
This week I discuss handsaws a little and share with you my thought on the PAX line of handsaws. There are a few places to find these saws. Here are a few links. Not all suppliers have the same saws. So, I advise you to check them all out. Have fun.
Tools For Working Wood
Thomas Flinn & Co.
The Best Things
One thing that I missed in the video that I must mention has to do with the tooth line of the PAX saws. They are breasted.
This means that the tooth line has a curve to it, like the belly seen on two man cross cut saws. The idea is that a breasted saw will have less friction in the cut by allowing the teeth to clear the cut faster. It is difficult to feel a major change in the performance of a breasted vs. flat tooth line, but I can say that the PAX saws do flow through the cut very well. So, maybe it does help out.