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Planes and Curves

I was flattening some panels by hand the other day (too wide for my machines), and that got me thinking about plane blade camber. If you search online for discussions of blade camber, you’ll find that a great many electrons … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Woods in January

In case you haven’t looked out your windows for a while, it’s the middle of winter. (Californians and South Floridians are exempted from noticing.) Everything is gray, the trees have no leaves, and no one in their right mind would … Continue reading

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Best laid plans…

As some of you will recall, I last reported from Ecuador back in August, when I showed you the workbench that I had completed. Since then…nothing. What happened? Well, as it turned out, a variety of events and situations conspired … Continue reading

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Bootstrapping – End game

The bench is finished. It’s not the prettiest bench around, but I think it will get the job done (and it only has to last until December, anyway). The top is 6′ long and 21″ deep. I had planned for … Continue reading

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Bootstrapping – Phase 2

I’m more or less following the script of The Naked Woodworker for my workbench, making adjustments as necessary to accommodate the differences in sizes and shapes of lumber that are available to me here in Ecuador. I used the two-bucket sawbench illustrated in … Continue reading

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High in the Andes

I’m used to working up a sweat while involved in some heavy sawing or planing, but what I’m not used to doing is gasping for air and getting a pounding headache in the process. The Andes are big mountains, and … Continue reading

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Bootstrapping – Phase 1

How do you build a saw bench…without a saw bench? In The Naked Woodworker, Mike Siemsen shows how to begin with a length of 2 × 6 and a pair of 5-gallon buckets. It would appear that 5-gallon buckets aren’t really a … Continue reading

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