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  • "The Modern Blacksmith" by Alexander Weygers has a full chapter on making spade and auger bits. The book will also give you very good information and DIY techniques on heat treating. Perhaps you can find a copy at the library. The softcover book is also available as a used edition from several sources online for under $10.00. The google book store sells it as an Ebook download for...
    karincorbin@... Jan 20, 2016
  • A small loom is a terrific idea! A box loom (tape loom) would be an excellent project. Requires fret sawing and drilling, joinery too. Also decorative carving opportunities. But not so large of a project that one would get tired of it before it was completed. It does not need a large amount of wood or a lot of space to build it and store it. It meets all the requirements of a good...
    karincorbin@... Mar 26, 2015
  • If you want to see a modern guild in action here is one I belong to. The International Guild of Miniature Artisans . They have a much broader range than just woodworking, there is metal, needlework, furniture, structures and more. Here are two classes they are holding this summer that are appropriate subjects of interest to this group. http://www.igma.org/guild_school/2015_classes...
    karincorbin@... Mar 25, 2015
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  • A bodger is the one who built the cruder things for sale or trade such as a 3 legged stool and other rustic furniture. They would not have belonged to a guild. A guild is for craftsman, as in finely crafted objects. Guilds have rules, regulations, standards of craftsmanship. The apprentices have to pass various test that demonstrate specific skills. To become an journey man you had...
    karincorbin@... Mar 18, 2015
  • When build a tool you will have a completed project...the tool.
    karincorbin@... Mar 18, 2015
  • I would start by watching some of the episodes of the PBS series The Woodwrights Shop. He covers a lot of the early basics of hand working. One of the first things to learn is to make the tools. He also has episodes on that. Those kinds of tool making projects are an excellent project to learn basic skills on. For instance when I was teaching an 8 year old boy basic woodworking he...
    karincorbin@... Mar 17, 2015
  • Make a new coffee table that resembles a medieval chest but has a built in cantilever table. Coffee table upgrade! Coffee table upgrade! Summary: Extra storage and a top that raises up to meet you - and your needs!What's the job of a coffee table these days?Rest your drinks on?A stabl... View on www.instructables.com Preview by Yahoo
    karincorbin@... Jun 20, 2014
  • Seal the ends of the freshly cut logs you plan on drying for lumber use You can do it with parraffin, thick coating of latex paint, commercial product made for sealing log ends or even PVA glue. Put then in a reasonably dry place like in a crawlspace under the house for a couple of years. A place that does not turn into a furnace in the summer or a freezer in the winter. Slow and...
    karincorbin@... Jan 13, 2014
  • Also known as "box joints" a common term used in the olden days which might help you in your research. --- In medievalsawdust@^$1, Jerry Harder wrote: > > I am looking for some primary documentation for finger joints. (I am > planning on making 10 boxes with them as they are easier then dovetails > (which I have no trouble finding doc for)) Any place and time would be > good. 16th...
    karincorbin Jul 30, 2013
  • They did have curved bottom planes which would have done a nice job of dressing out the bottom. And they did have curved blade planes. Of course you don't have either one..... But if you are going to do it with modern tools of which you have only the basics then I would take a series of passes with a circular saw lowering the blade to the various depths needed from side to side...
    karincorbin Jul 24, 2013