The Tree Journal – American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)

American Beech

Fagus grandifolia is more commonly know as American Beech.  It grows quite large, and produces excellent lumber.  You will find fagus grandifolia as far north as southern Canada and as far south as northern Florida.  However, you will rarely find it west of the Mississippi river. Description American Beech typically reaches heights between 60 and … Read moreThe Tree Journal – American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)

A Bench Crafted Moxon Vise

Bench Crafted Moxon Vise

While building my tool cabinet, I discovered a major issue with my workbench.  It sits too low for detailed work.  After several nights of dovetailing, I began to develop a back ache.  I needed something that would bring my work closer to my eye.  I needed a Moxon vise. A Moxon vise is a twin … Read moreA Bench Crafted Moxon Vise

Review – The Lie Nielsen Honing Guide

The Lie Nielsen Honing Guide

Sharpening is not my favorite task.  I prefer working wood to working tools.  However, now and then you need to grease the machine.  I’m always looking for ways of speeding up the process, so that I can get back to work as quickly as possible.  As a result, I’ve purchased a few sharpening jigs throughout … Read moreReview – The Lie Nielsen Honing Guide

The Tree Journal – American Persimmon (Diospyros Virginiana)

Diospyros Virginiana

Diospyros Virginiana is more commonly known as American Persimmon.  It is found throughout the eastern United States and as far west as Texas.  Additionally, humans have cultivated its fruit and wood since prehistoric times.  I often find these trees at the edges of fields in small groups.  The trees in my area usually reach no … Read moreThe Tree Journal – American Persimmon (Diospyros Virginiana)

Missing the Woodworking in America Action

I planned on attending Woodworking in America this year.  It was high on my priority list.  Unfortunately, it just wasn’t in the cards.  I spent all my coin (and then some) on the shop build earlier this year.  I don’t regret a thing.  Maybe, I will make it next year. Fortunately, I get to spend … Read moreMissing the Woodworking in America Action

A Hand Tool Cabinet: Finishing Touches

Plane Gallery

Fertig.  Finito.  Terminado.  The tool cabinet is finished.  Well, it’s not finished finished.  It’s good enough for now.  I need to make drawers for the plane gallery and a few more tool holders.  However, I have completed the majority of my checklist.  In fact, most of my hand tools are now in the cabinet. Since … Read moreA Hand Tool Cabinet: Finishing Touches

A Hand Tool Cabinet: Interior Doors and Tool Holders

The main cabinet and doors are complete.  That means it’s time to finally move on to tool storage.  But first, I need to make some interior doors.  The interior doors provide additional tool storage.  And, unlike the main door boxes, the interior doors are simple to make. The interior doors are nothing more than a … Read moreA Hand Tool Cabinet: Interior Doors and Tool Holders

A Hand Tool Cabinet: The Doors

No tool cabinet is complete without doors.  The doors on this cabinet are shallow boxes.  As a result, they effectively double the storage capacity of the cabinet.  So, with the main cabinet complete, it was time to move on to the doors. The doors consist of a box and face.  The box is dovetailed, while … Read moreA Hand Tool Cabinet: The Doors

A Hand Tool Cabinet: The Case

Hand Tool Cabinet

This project marks a milestone for me.  It is my first project that goes heavy on the joinery.  The hand tool cabinet includes nearly 50 dovetails, through tenons, slip tenons, and rabbets.  As a result, it is proving to be a valuable learning experience. While power tools speed the build process, hand tools prove indispensable.  … Read moreA Hand Tool Cabinet: The Case