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This really shows the power of a work table top with the 20mm hole pattern for clamping fixtures. This is a tapered dovetailed case where the sides are angled 5deg to the top and bottom. In this setup I have already cut the tails and am aligning and transferring the pin marks from them to be cut by hand. Clamps are my friends.

This really shows the power of a work table top with the 20mm hole pattern for clamping fixtures. This is a tapered dovetailed case where the sides are angled 5deg to the top and bottom. In this setup I have already cut the tails and am aligning and transferring the pin marks from them to be cut by hand. Clamps are my friends.

This is the new VerySuperCool Tools Euro adjustable throat t-square for format sliding table saws. You can see I do not have  a Euro style saw, but for demo purposes I clamped a blade at the far left edge of the cast iron top between my sliding table to simulate the Euro configuration. This new fence allows for full movement to blade without interfering with sliding table. This fence will now allow all those people who are fed up with their stock round rail fences to now switch to a Biesemeyer style rail that can easily be fabricated in either SAE or metric steel depending on availability. Check out a video introduction to its features if you have a few minutes at the link above.

This is the new VerySuperCool Tools Euro adjustable throat t-square for format sliding table saws. You can see I do not have  a Euro style saw, but for demo purposes I clamped a blade at the far left edge of the cast iron top between my sliding table to simulate the Euro configuration. This new fence allows for full movement to blade without interfering with sliding table. This fence will now allow all those people who are fed up with their stock round rail fences to now switch to a Biesemeyer style rail that can easily be fabricated in either SAE or metric steel depending on availability. Check out a video introduction to its features if you have a few minutes at the link above.

Aug 6

hi woodman, i just got a p100f really cheap but the blades are super dull. i'll have them sharpened but i would like another set. unfortunately, i can't find any for less than $120. is that just what they cost or is there a substitute blade or other option? thanks

Anonymous

There are no substitutes I know of. They have a very unique holding shape. Why buy more knives if those still have life? I have only bought one replacement set in 28 years of professional use. I have a complete video series on my YouTube channel about using a Makita 9820-2 horizontal waterstone to put a better than factory edge on planer/jointer knives.

Aug 3
That look of satisfaction is because I found 4 Made In USA Jorgensen handscrews by the Adjustable Clamp Co, Chicago ILL mixed in with the Chinese versions they have switched to at my favorite local hardware store, Breed & Co. And not only did Breed’s have a good price they also gave me 10% off. I went in just for foam brushes and found treasure.

That look of satisfaction is because I found 4 Made In USA Jorgensen handscrews by the Adjustable Clamp Co, Chicago ILL mixed in with the Chinese versions they have switched to at my favorite local hardware store, Breed & Co. And not only did Breed’s have a good price they also gave me 10% off. I went in just for foam brushes and found treasure.

I could not help bringing a little dachshund joy to my new finishing work station. The is a copy of the brilliant single line drawing Pablo Picasso did of his beloved dachshund Lump.

I could not help bringing a little dachshund joy to my new finishing work station. The is a copy of the brilliant single line drawing Pablo Picasso did of his beloved dachshund Lump.

My problem as a woodworker is I can build so much faster than I can finish my pieces. So I spend a lot of time coming up with finishing and more importantly drying setups that take up space and grind me to a halt. That is a thing of the past with the Finish Master 9000 Work Station (just kidding but that’s what it feels like). I raided my steel rack hard and only had to buy a few sticks of 1x2” 11gauge. The verticals are stout  2x2x 1/4”. All the pipes are my favorite combination of 1 1/4 and 1” Sch 40 which sleeve together just right. The ply is reused  sawhorse worktable tops primed and painted with leftover paint. 13’ of work space. 48 receivers. This covered open air area has about a foot of fall so I designed this with scaffold leveling jacks. I had it dialed in level using string and level and winding sticks in about 10 minutes. I can hang my full body weight on any one of the red pipes. Flexible storage for long stock or shelves below.  Welding for woodworkers. Yes indeed.

My problem as a woodworker is I can build so much faster than I can finish my pieces. So I spend a lot of time coming up with finishing and more importantly drying setups that take up space and grind me to a halt. That is a thing of the past with the Finish Master 9000 Work Station (just kidding but that’s what it feels like). I raided my steel rack hard and only had to buy a few sticks of 1x2” 11gauge. The verticals are stout  2x2x 1/4”. All the pipes are my favorite combination of 1 1/4 and 1” Sch 40 which sleeve together just right. The ply is reused  sawhorse worktable tops primed and painted with leftover paint. 13’ of work space. 48 receivers. This covered open air area has about a foot of fall so I designed this with scaffold leveling jacks. I had it dialed in level using string and level and winding sticks in about 10 minutes. I can hang my full body weight on any one of the red pipes. Flexible storage for long stock or shelves below.  Welding for woodworkers. Yes indeed.

My old auto darkening welding helmet died yesterday. Luck would have it that this ArcOne helmet was on a clearance table at my local store, Matheson Tri Gas, and it was $100 off the regular price. The crazy pattern is really not my style, but it is a great hood. Fantastic field of vision and simple digital controls and a very comfortable fit make this a lucky buy for me. Papi did not seem to care. He knew his Big Daddy was in there.

My old auto darkening welding helmet died yesterday. Luck would have it that this ArcOne helmet was on a clearance table at my local store, Matheson Tri Gas, and it was $100 off the regular price.

The crazy pattern is really not my style, but it is a great hood. Fantastic field of vision and simple digital controls and a very comfortable fit make this a lucky buy for me. Papi did not seem to care. He knew his Big Daddy was in there.

Jul 7
I made a couple of tool organizers yesterday. These are really handy for keeping tools I am using off my work surface, safe and undamaged, but always at the ready. One of the biggest issues is keeping chisels’  edges perfect, and keeping the four Japanese saws I am always using accessible, as well as rulers, squares, pliers, wrenches, awls, etc. I made a video series on the operations to make these and will post it on askwoodman.tv

I made a couple of tool organizers yesterday. These are really handy for keeping tools I am using off my work surface, safe and undamaged, but always at the ready. One of the biggest issues is keeping chisels’  edges perfect, and keeping the four Japanese saws I am always using accessible, as well as rulers, squares, pliers, wrenches, awls, etc. I made a video series on the operations to make these and will post it on askwoodman.tv

A twilight canoe ride and swim on Lady Bird Lake with Sue and Papi was just what I needed to knock back the grump factor after a long very hot day in the shop.

A twilight canoe ride and swim on Lady Bird Lake with Sue and Papi was just what I needed to knock back the grump factor after a long very hot day in the shop.

Jun 4
For the platform bed series on AskWoodMan I wanted to have a headboard design for this frame. This headboard bolts in place with plugged t-nuts/machine bolts on all lapped faces and dry fit mortise and tenon on all other connections. So it completely breaks down. No glue. Rock solid for whatever it may be subjected to. It is also inclined at 5deg so it should be really comfortable to lean up against with pillows. One of my constraints wass that I wanted a fllat deck on the top for glasses/phone/clock/water. I can’t wait to see what other people will do with this as starting point.

For the platform bed series on AskWoodMan I wanted to have a headboard design for this frame. This headboard bolts in place with plugged t-nuts/machine bolts on all lapped faces and dry fit mortise and tenon on all other connections. So it completely breaks down. No glue. Rock solid for whatever it may be subjected to. It is also inclined at 5deg so it should be really comfortable to lean up against with pillows. One of my constraints wass that I wanted a fllat deck on the top for glasses/phone/clock/water. I can’t wait to see what other people will do with this as starting point.

This is platform bed frame design sustained me during my early years of woodworking. I made hundreds of them. I have not made one in 23 years but thought it would be a  practical, strong and accessible project to share on AskWoodMan.tv. This is beech with poplar slats. It breaks down with machine bolts for easy install and moving. Not one bit of giggle. After all these years of building I could not improve on this design. It was a trip down memory lane. I am going to make a rolling storage drawer and some side tables for it too. Full build videos to come.

This is platform bed frame design sustained me during my early years of woodworking. I made hundreds of them. I have not made one in 23 years but thought it would be a  practical, strong and accessible project to share on AskWoodMan.tv. This is beech with poplar slats. It breaks down with machine bolts for easy install and moving. Not one bit of giggle. After all these years of building I could not improve on this design. It was a trip down memory lane. I am going to make a rolling storage drawer and some side tables for it too. Full build videos to come.

May 8
For over 25 years I have used Bahco 8032 Ergo chisels and have never found anything that even comes close to their functional design. They were discontinued in the 80’s and I have never ever seen any come for sale. One of my AskWoodMan subscribers emailed me Saturday about a new Ebay listing for four. I paid the Buy Now price and today they arrived. I had never bought that big 32mm so now my set is complete. They are in good shape and have a lot more steel than mine. The seller was in a shared shop so painted his tools blue. That is easily cleaned off. Next stop, AskWoodMan’s sharpening spa.

For over 25 years I have used Bahco 8032 Ergo chisels and have never found anything that even comes close to their functional design. They were discontinued in the 80’s and I have never ever seen any come for sale. One of my AskWoodMan subscribers emailed me Saturday about a new Ebay listing for four. I paid the Buy Now price and today they arrived. I had never bought that big 32mm so now my set is complete. They are in good shape and have a lot more steel than mine. The seller was in a shared shop so painted his tools blue. That is easily cleaned off. Next stop, AskWoodMan’s sharpening spa.

Picked up 200bf of 4/4 beech today for $2.10/bf. It is hit/missed to 15/16” or 24mm. I really don’t think of Germany as a lumber exporter but this bundle was marked Germany. Really nice clear stuff with very little mineral and straight lined on one edge. Sehr Gut!

Picked up 200bf of 4/4 beech today for $2.10/bf. It is hit/missed to 15/16” or 24mm. I really don’t think of Germany as a lumber exporter but this bundle was marked Germany. Really nice clear stuff with very little mineral and straight lined on one edge. Sehr Gut!

Apr 5
The self adhesive steel SAE/Metric Starrett tape finally arrived for my new table saw guide rail build. Papi is inspecting the precision of the tape install. Fortunately I passed.  You only get one shot at getting it right. I just posted a video on the process.

The self adhesive steel SAE/Metric Starrett tape finally arrived for my new table saw guide rail build. Papi is inspecting the precision of the tape install. Fortunately I passed.  You only get one shot at getting it right. I just posted a video on the process.

Apr 4
The drill press table support stand is done (except for paint) and I could not be more pleased. This is my full weight on the outside corner and not bit of give. The only tool required is an adjustable wrench to lock the jamb nuts.  Macro adjustments can be made in a few minutes with the central screw which raises and lowers the whole unit, and the whole thing can be completely removed by loosening four bolts in the base.

The drill press table support stand is done (except for paint) and I could not be more pleased. This is my full weight on the outside corner and not bit of give. The only tool required is an adjustable wrench to lock the jamb nuts.  Macro adjustments can be made in a few minutes with the central screw which raises and lowers the whole unit, and the whole thing can be completely removed by loosening four bolts in the base.