An Answer for Today

Here’s another fine read and almost too much reality from Paul Seller’s blog. First off I didn’t want to edit this letter down because of the individuality it expresses. So it’s long and worth reading. Hi Paul, I just turned eighteen, and for just over a year now… Source: An Answer for Today Advertisements

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Joinery Journey

Originally posted on HILLBILLY DAIKU:
I love joinery. There is something magical about fitting two or more pieces of wood together. Before the advent of mechanical fasteners, joinery reigned supreme.  At that pre-industrial time is was the cheapest, fastest and strongest way of building with wood.  As nails, bolts and screws became less expensive they…

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Making a frame saw

These are nearly the same type I make.  A frame saw is a useful and simple introduction to woodworking and tool-making.  If you are interested in woodworking, Paul Seller’s blog has a lot to offer. From Paul Seller’s: If you have not yet made one of these you should. They are quick and simple to […]

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Bookcase-Progress 1-Design

Originally posted on HILLBILLY DAIKU:
As we continue the never-ending unpacking of boxes and putting away of stuff, it has become apparent that the Hillbilly household is in immediate need of a bookcase.  This of course means that the nightstands have been bumped from the top of the list to the #2 position.  In either…

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More Joinery

Here’s a beautiful trestle table coming together in Andy Rawls’ studio; spotted on his Tumblr this morning. Seeing this makes me realize I can’t wait to get some projects done over the three day weekend.  It makes me a little sad to say something like that.  Choosing a job for pay instead of a love […]

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Sawing Planks

Before powered saw mills, making lumber was much more labor intensive.  Now I can flip a switch to crank up the band saw or table saw; or pull the cord to fire up the chainsaw for big work.  It’s easy to forget how good we have it.  Notice the sturdy little sawhorse holding up the […]

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Make a Shop Apron

Shop aprons are not as widely used as in the past.  I believe this is related to our modern view on clothing and how it has changed over the past century.  Not only are we training less in the trades, our clothes are ridiculously cheap in the modern world.  Low prices and availability keeps our […]

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A Chairmaker’s Work bench

I saw this beautiful and sturdy chairmaker’s work bench on AMBROSE VEVERS’ Tumblr blog early this morning and wanted to share it.  It is a great example of a purpose-built and appropriate sized benched for a craftsman.  Not every bench needs to look like an 18th Century Diderot drawing or Roubo bench.  That sets the […]

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