John LaTorre wrote:
> Master Charles ("Three Fingers") wrote:
>>Well. OK, there I was. Wed afternoon. turnin' bowls on my lathe.
> <tragic tale snipped>
>>THIS NOTE IS BEING PUT UP AS A SAFTY REMINDER.
> Well, since this is "true confessions" time, and to make Master Charles
> feel a little better, I went and did something foolish last March. I tried
> to plane a small block of wood (tail block for a hurdy-gurdy) on a jointer
> and the wood caught, kicked back, and took off the last eighth of an inch
> from my right index finger (including the end of the nail). I didn't know
> jointers could kick back.
On saws and jointers it's always better to keep as many fingers as
possible hooked over the top of the fence. Which is exactly why
Biesemeyer and some other wide fences have high faceplates.
Less chance of your hand being dragged in. There might be something
left with a tablesaw, with a jointer you are just ground meat
and they are going to have to remove more or pull a patch off
some other part of your poor pitiful ass to close the wound.
I seem to remember being smacked with the back end of a jointed
piece that was too short once. Caught me in the heel of the
hand. Nothing worse than a slight bruise. Seems like it was
short grain going out the side. I've owned four. I have set
and worked on many up to 14" wide and eight feet long.
Learning -how- to use a jointer is a distinct art.
I don't have time to expound on it now.
A lot of it has to do with hand pressure that is shifted
as you work.
Somewhere I also have an old article on learning to tune
your bandsaw. A lot seriously need it. I have adjusted
and rebuilt a number of them up to 36".
Incidentally, a pack of cards is a great thing to have around
to true your tablesaw fence with to make it straight. Test with a good
level or straight edge, loosen screws, insert cards or paper
and retighten. Test with a square as well. It should be 90
degrees to the table.
A really good book(s) to buy is Delta's 'How to get the most
out of your (Tablesaw, scrollsaw, jointer, bandsaw, lathe etc.).
I have most of them myself. Rosario Capotosto's books for
Shopsmith and other machinery is where you learn the most
tricks. See old write-up below.
Master Magnus, OL [SCA], GDH, Manx, Regia.org
> Come to think of it, the guy who sold me the jointer had nine fingers. I
> wonder if, once these things taste human blood...
This was good advice once, with new people it can't hurt to
give it again, it's been a year or two:
Authors I highly recommend are Rosario J. DeCristoforo's books on
woodworking machinery techniques, Paul Hasluck's books on
-everything- (you may think I'm kidding - I'm not), Holtzapffel's
lathe work and abrasive applications and working odd materials books
(5), most anything by the early Audel Guides (pre-50's)
-in particular- the Audels Carpenters and Builders Guides 1-4 by
Frank Graham, Aldren A. Watson's Country Furniture, Hand tools,
Village Blacksmith, (don't take -some- of the techniques in his
Furniture making Plain and Simple as gospel, he was mostly an
accomplished illustrator similar to Irving Sloane), and -anything-
by Fred T. Hodgson. Alexander Weygers' modern books on blacksmithing
are also useful for beginners (as is Sam Allen's Edge of the Anvil).
The three of them have been recombined into one now. I have the
older editions. Many of these men were simply geniuses of their
times and largely unmatched in ours.
R.J. DeCristoforo showed machinery manufacturers new techniques they'd
never envisioned for their machinery. The man wrote many books and
thousands of articles for technical magazines. Many of his furniture
building/remodelling designs are very dated to their decades though,
so I don't recommend buying those as strongly as I do the Power
Tool Woodworking for Everyone (something written largely for
Shopsmith machine owners but good none the less) and most especially
_DeCristoforo's Complete Book of Power Tools_. Sadly the man passed
away a few years ago. His son writes now, but so far is not as
good as his dad. Maybe he'll improve a lot like Norm Abrams has.
(Norm Abrams has more tools donated to his show than any shop I ever
worked in had, including the university. The shop he works in
belongs to his producer btw. Rosario could school him quite a bit
Don't assume I'm talking strictly carpentry books here, some of
these guys wrote on many trades applications. And the older Delta
Guides books on machinery applications are extremely good.
How to use your Table saw, Scroll saw, Band saw, Jointer, Lathe, etc.
Popular Mechanics and Popular Science used to write multiple annuals
on woodworking, metalworking, and projects like What to Make
for decades that are amazing magazines and books.
These authors cover everything from hand techniques to modern
machinery techniques with tools you'd never imagine. Mass production
put an end to such creativity - things people would do for fun
prior to the television and computers. We had very skilled ancestors
who made what they needed instead of buying it frequently.
For younger folks the Boy Mechanic books (4) were quite something.
Lindsay books sells some of them, so does http://www.leevalley.com/
Lindsay Publications, Inc.
P.O.Box 538 Bradley, IL 60915-0538
(fax 815) 935-5447
(815) 935-5353 phone
For modern books on traditional techniques I would recommend any of
the five books by Roy Underhill in the Woodwright's series - a
term he coined - a wright is a worker in wood - just as a smith
is a worker in metal. Buy a good box of bandages. Roy uses a lot
of them. Had I invested in Johnson & Johnson prior to his shop
work I'd be a rich man.;) He is now Head of Historical Interpretation
at Colonial Williamsburg, was the head carpenter there, and has
filmed 200 episodes of the Woodwright's Shop. 1-800-PlayPBS.
search Woodwright’s Shop
Some I have bought in past years before they disappeared:
Special Collection: Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Sussex
Franconia Farm and Handiwork Musum I + II Iphofen, Bavaria 1988.
Running time: 1:24: 36.
WW001: Roy’s Special Collections: Williamsburg Craftsmen 1991.
Running time 79:38
WW010: Boatbuilding - Running time 1: 27: 13. 1993. Season 20:
2002: Turned Corner Chair; Item Code WOWS9202 $14.95
"Inspired by Bruegel paintings, this easily-stored, lathe-turned,
three-legged chair features a solid seat
style that has held hefty humans since the middle ages, running
time 26: 46.
2000 - 1912: Wayne Barton - Master Chip Carver, Running Time 26:46.
1-1309: The Geddy Foundry of Williamsburg, Running Time 26:46.
WW012: Norway Episodes, Running Time 60 minutes
1312 Lilihamer Open Air Museum
1313 Oslo - Ship Museum + Folk Museum + Stavekirk.
Norwegian Axe Framing and Log Cabins.
1512: Williamsburg Trunk Maker - Saddler’s Shop. 1995.
Running Time 26:46. Mostly leatherwork and stitching.
1805: Debate of the Carpenter’s Tools, 1998. Running Time 26:46.
2008: Marquetry Master Patrick Edwards, Season 20 WOWS9208
"French 18th-century "ebinestes" made furniture decorated
with pictures composed from thin sheets of colored wood.
Trained in Paris, Patrick Edwards shows the tools and
techniques of this lost art." $14.95 Running Time 26:46.
1913: Buckets for Beginners, 1999. Running Time 26:46.
9302: Welsh Chair Bodger Don Weber, Season 21,
"Roy builds a brilliant base for anyone's bottom, using
basic badgering, boiling, bending and boring in the
wonderful Welsh way of working wood." $14.50 4/01/03
9409: Williamsburg Wheelwright, Season 22, "Learn the exacting
trade of the men who make wooden wheels for Williamsburg's wagons."
9413: Craftsmen of Old Sturbridge Village, Season 22, Explore the new
woodworking shop at Old Sturbridge Village where the planes get
fancy." $14.50 4/01/03
9209: In the Blacksmith Shop, Season 20, "Join Roy and the
blacksmiths at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, and learn how to
forge colonial hardware, tools and implements." $14.50 4/01/03
9211: Carving With the Cabinetmakers, Season 20. Roy visits the
cabinetmakers of the Hay Shop at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, as
they show off their skills at decorative
carving in the Colonial American style." $14.50 4/01/03
9312: Flintlock Gunsmith, Season 21. Watch Williamsburg workers wrest a
wonderful watchwork weapon of walnut and wrought steel to wound a
wascally wabbit or worrisome wedcoat. (Taped in Colonial
Williamsburg)" $14.50 4/01/03
I've been to Williamsburg twice and have about 600 pictures of the
various recreated tools, wheelbarrows, wagons, implements excavated.
Same with the 2 Jamestown Parks and the Glass House.
Anything by Drew Langsner, who teaches at his Country Workshops,
here in North Carolina, USA. This would include his Country Woodcraft,
Green Woodworking, Handmade (his first one), and Chair Making books.
These are all hand techniques. He predates Roy on some of them.
While these books are all from the last two centuries they are all
extremely useful books, especially considering most of the folks
on this list are not hacking trees generally to size with axes
and hand mortise chisels nowadays to build their reproductions.
You want to find out how to accomplish your tasks with what is
now available - look to the above authors.