It was a typical Turning Tuesday yesterday at Codger Lodge. There were doughnuts to dispose of, stories to relate, and projects to plan.
Working to complete current projects is a part of every Turning Tuesday.
This week we had fine examples of completed projects. Mike Sharps brought his latest segmented urn. Jimmy Morrison had a holly bowl and a natural-edge maple burl creation.
John Smith finished his well-executed laminated fruit bowl, John Wolf turned a flawless lidded box, and Walt Tuttle displayed his fine segmented bowl.
I finished an Adirondack chaise project for the June/July Issue #59 of Woodcraft Magazine.
The ever-helpful codgers took care of the field testing. I doubt that Tom Sawyer’s methods will entice the codgers to participate in the painting of the chair.
The Empty Bowls project was a success. Frank has a follow-up story on the charity event that benefits local food pantries and the codgers’ participation. Frank’s Woodworking Adventures Blog keeps us up to date on woodworking related events and Woodcraft’s involvement, as well as the events at Codger Lodge.
This week after the codgers had called it a day, Mikey and I visited with the Cub Scouts of Pack 129. The cubs have a program similar to the merit badge curriculum of the older boys in Scouting. The cubs earn “belt loops” while learning to be good citizens in the community. Mikey gave the boys insight into the challenges of being handicapped and how he deals with those challenges. The boys had many questions for Mikey and gained a new perspective on how to interact with and assist folks who are wheelchair bound. The little guy on the left, Shaun, is my grandson. (I had to mention that to maintain my good standing in the Grandpa club.)
The codgers of the lodge, without exception, are generous and enthusiastic when it comes to helping others. I feel privileged to associate with them.
We plan to do it all again next week. Come on down and join us on Turning Tuesday at Codger Lodge.
Mourn the dragons.
I suspect that Jimmy and Henry patronize the same milliner.
We do not have quarters for muster to convey the “plan of the day” at Codger Lodge nor a First Sargent to dispense duty assignments and motivational words. Through experience, we codgers have developed a level of situational awareness that prepares us to ascertain what is required and to establish our priorities without supervision. We are capable and self-motivated.
This week at the lodge there were two boxes of doughnuts, a large tray of cookies, a bag of biscotti, a pecan pie, and Girl Scout cookies in reserve. Without hesitation or encouragement, the codgers established a plan to dispose of these sweets and set the highest priority for that task.After a furious beginning, the battle subsided, allowing the codgers to regroup, regain their momentum, and continue the cookie campaign at a leisurely pace.Refreshed and ready, the codgers planed their Turning Tuesday activities and executed their plans. The show and tell items reflected the talents of the codgers and codgerettes. Walt Tuttle had a nice segmented bowl and Mike Sharps displayed two of his laminated pieces, Joanie Smith sent one of her excellent pecan pies and Jimmy Morrison brought a segmented piece and a large ambrosia salad bowl for our enjoyment, Gene Smith turned two nice bowls from laminated blanks and Linda Williams baked up a tray of fine peanut butter cookies. The cookies are from one of Linda’s “go to” recipes and they are good,
This is not another metal sculpture idea from Henry Aglio’s fertile mind taking shape; but rather a random arrangement of Jimmy Morrison’s bowl turning tool rests. While the flowing curves are somewhat reminiscent of Henry’s style, his presentations are considerably more refined and creative.
There are fifty-some bowls in our Empty Bowls collection and they are on their way to be delivered for the charity event. The soup lunch will be held on Saturday, April 5th in Marietta, OH. Frank reported the event in his Woodcraft blog. (Empty Bowls). Thanks to all the codgers who turned and donated bowls to this worthwhile cause.
We are planning another codger convention next Turning Tuesday at the lodge. Come on down and join us.
This is written by a fine woodworking comrade, Bill Sands of Lubeck, West Virginia, who has taught us much in the patients and fortitude of woodworking. In his spare time Bill is also a master woodworker in his own right, and contributor to Woodcraft Magazine. He has done much for his surrounding communities, charities, and for many area woodworkers. He opens his doors, knowledge, heart and soul to all, along with a great sense of humor. Above, Bill holds a Bubinga board from Woodcraft, that he helped this blogger through his guidance of teaching safety in using power and hand tools, turn into this beautiful recipe box for my daughter.
We bring this preface to you followed by a weekly continuance article complete with photos from The Taradiddle Tribune written by Bill Sands. The articles will contain jovial fellow woodworkers and camaraderie from the events that take place on Turning Tuesdays’ at Bill’s workshop, more commonly known as Codger Lodge.
by Author, Bill Sands:
Welcome to Codger Lodge. If you are inclined to associate with old folks who have a propensity for woodworking; this is a good place to spend some time. We codgers gather at a shop in Lubeck, WV each Tuesday to pursue our woodworking interests and related activities. Codger Lodge sports a renowned doughnut disposal team and we are diligent in maintaining our proficiency. Prevarication without malice is another common activity. Routinely, the codgers indulge in many forms of woodworking, with turning being the most prevalent discipline.
We codgers thrive on camaraderie and our group is bound by a bond of friendship. Our meetings are informal and governed by the Golden Rule rather than Robert’s Rules of Order. Everyone at Codger Lodge has a key to the executive restroom. Each of us is a CFO. Our treasury consists of two recycled plastic CD containers where voluntary contributions are made to the kitchen fund and the shop-supplies fund. We maintain a coffee pot and a refrigerator that is stocked with pop, water, and beer. When Turning Tuesday winds down and the power tools are unplugged, some of us enjoy a glass of beer while reflecting on the simple pleasures of the day shared with good friends at Codger Lodge.It all began with Mikey, who suffered a fall that left him paralyzed from his chest down and drastically altered his active lifestyle. He is an electrician who enjoyed many outdoor activities before the accident. Mikey sees the glass as half-full and never half-empty. He dwells on things that he can accomplish and not his diminished physical abilities. After Mike recovered and adjusted his lifestyle to fit his circumstances, he disclosed a desire to learn basic woodworking skills.
He and I began meeting in my workshop once or twice a week to ground him in the basic milling and wood joining techniques. He developed the skills quickly and we were progressing to more complex projects when, during one fateful session, Mikey asked about the mini-lathe in the shop. He expressed a desire to try woodturning. We mounted the lathe at his comfortable working level and I taught him everything that I know about turning.
It became apparent that Mikey was destined to be a wood turner and needed more advanced instruction and advice than I could provide. We invited two accomplished turners, Jimmy and Tom, to join our Tuesday sessions in the shop.
From that early beginning, the program rapidly expanded. Mikey’s turning skills increased and he acquired a more powerful lathe with a larger capacity to facilitate his progression toward larger bowls and segmented pieces. More woodworkers began showing up to share their knowledge and demonstrate their skills. Over a period of two years Turning Tuesday evolved into a social gathering as well as a woodworking skill share.
Currently, twelve to fifteen friends, on average, visit the shop on Tuesday. Realizing that most of us are fortunate to be retired and may be considered codgers, we began referring to the shop as Codger Lodge and our gathering as Turning Tuesday.
Mikey is an inspiration to us all. He accepts his paralysis without complaints and he is relentless in perusing his goals. He has surmounted all obstacles and become an accomplished turner in his own right. Mikey’s lathe is his passion and “Flat work” woodworking has gone by the wayside. The pattern routed hand-mirror project that we were working on before he was attracted to the mini-lathe is still stored in the shop, waiting to be completed.
The poet, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, never met Mikey; however, she must have known someone like him to inspire this work.
The Winds of Fate One ship drives east and another drives west With the selfsame winds that blow. Tis the set of the sails And not the gales That tell them the way to go.
Like the winds of the sea are the ways of fate, As we voyage along through life. Tis the set of the soul That decides its goal, And not the calm or the strife.
Feel free to drop in anytime for a visit. We’ll keep you updated on the proceedings at Codger Lodge (http://www.codgerlodge.com/), and you may make new friends of your own.Look for a new chapter from the Taradiddle Tribune every Wednesday, here on Woodshop Demos.
Matthew D. Wilson is MDWoodart. He has a moderate 2-car shop garage and creates furniture, boxes, chess boards, wooden jewelry, turning items, and vintage radio restoration, some with upcycles to MP3 Players. You can check out his woodworking world at MDWoodart.com.
In this blog, Matthew shows us how to create a square wood bowl. Pick your favorite wood in any choice of size, about 1″ thick or more, depending upon what you want your finished thickness to be.
Begin smoothing one face of the board with a hand-plane or joiner, then smooth an edge as well. Rip the board to choice width.
Cross-Cut the board to make a perfect square, then mark the corner to corner punch the center.
Place your faceplate on the square and align the marks with the holes. then simply punch a divot for the drill bit to fit into.
Mount the faceplate and blank to the lathe. Create a recess and mount the chuck to the recess.
Remove the faceplate, attach the chuck with blank to the lathe, and begin the turning process. Matthew uses the Easy Wood Full Size Finisher to create the inside shape of the bowl.
This is written by John Moody, woodworker and site admin for The Patriot Woodworker website. Here, he takes a look at a wooden hand plane in their “Throw Back Thursday” event.
Here is John’s story:
In the past few weeks while helping to clean out an old building, I ran upon this old wooden plane which at the time was quite dusty and dirty. It was about to make it’s way to the burn pile when I ask if I might have it. Immediately I took it to the truck and saved it from the burn pile. All I knew at the time was this was just an old wooden plane, but looked good enough I thought I could put it on a shelf in my office for conversation.
While spraying some finish on a table this week and waiting for it to dry between coats I decided to take the old plane and clean it up and see if there were any markings on it. To my surprise as I removed the many layers of dirt and rust from the cutter, I noticed some lettering beginning to show. I started getting a little excited as it is then you can at least research your finding and see where it might have traveled from and to. The letters E.W.N. Starr & Co were all I could make out at first. Then there were a few letters on a second line and CAST on the bottom line.
That started me in my Google search to see what I could find out about E.W.N. Starr & Co. According to a web site I found on Tool Makers of Middletown, Connecticut, The Starr company made Plane Irons only from 1846 – 1848. The company was started in Hartford by Nathan Starr, Sr. around 1787 who was a blacksmith by trade. In 1812 He moved to Middletown, Connecticut and operated a factory on Starr Mill. The company manufactured swords, pistols and eventually rifles for the U. S. Government and also made muskets. Nathan Sr. died in 1821 and his son carried on till 1845. During this period some 70,000 arms of varied kinds were made here. A number of commemorative swords for national heroes were also produced including one for Andrew Jackson. It was managed by three generations of the Starr family. Elihu William Nathan Starr was born 10 August 1812 and Died 14 June 1891.
Here is the logo from the Tool Makers of Middleton, Co. Site. The Starr Manufacturing Building.
The Starr Co was located near another plane company, the Baldwin Tool Co.
In 1783 Enos Baldwin was born in Cavendish, VT and in 1807 He comes on the scene as a toolmaker in Albany, NY. He opened a shop at 90 Elizabeth Street in the heart of what is now Lower Manhattan. Enos trained both of his sons, Austin and Eldridge Gerry to work in the business learning the trade of tool making. Enos died at an early age of 45. E. Baldwin became A&E Baldwin in 1830 with the half brothers running the business. The two brothers built the business into an impressive operation. They are also likely responsible for training many of the other NYC makers know to be in the tool making business. The partnership lasted until 1841.
So after finding the name of the plane iron I got out some Murphy’s Oil Soap and a soft bristle brush to see if I could find a logo on the front of the wood plane. After a little scrubbing here is what I was able to see.
I could only make out New York on the bottom so I took several pictures and put them on a larger monitor so I could enlarge them and have good resolution. I was able to make out a BA at the top and IN near the New York, so I started looking for information on the Baldwins to see what kind of stamps they might have used on their planes.
They had several different ones but looking through them I found what I am pretty sure is the one that is located on the front of the plane I have. Here is another picture of my plane.
So with just a little more cleaning the BALDWIN and NEW YORK shows up but I couldn’t make out what was on the left side until I found this web site.
It was then apparent that the left side had A & E. What also become interesting is that E.W.N. Starr had stock in Baldwin Tool Company. Starr was supplying plane Irons to Baldwin. So it looks very much like the plane I have is in fact an A.&E. Baldwin made in New York and a plane Iron made by E.W.N. Starr & Co. of Middletown, CT that would have been made between 1846 and 1848. My own conclusion is that this plane is definitely per Civil War and not really sure how it made it from the far North East to North Alabama. It would be nice if I could find the owner of it in this area. I plan on doing a little more research on who owned the building we were clearing and what connections they might have had. A link to Starr Iron blades and cost in 1847.The plane is 22″ long and has a few age cracks in it. The tote is solid and doesn’t have any breaks or cracks. The Iron looks to have been abused a bit with someone not knowing how to adjust the blade and beating on it with a hammer pretty hard to roll the edge like it is. So this is my Throw Back Thursday Tool. Hope you enjoyed it and how you find a way to save all the old tools you run into. You just never know what story they have to tell. Don’t let them go to the burn pile. Instead of just a piece on a shelf, now I have something I know some of the history about and the neat thing is it didn’t cost me a dime.
The Patriot Woodworker Site Administrator http://www.johnmoodywoodworks.com
“Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful.” Shaker Saying
To learn more about The Patriot Woodworker, visit the website at www.The PatriotWoodworker.com. There you will find many talented woodworking Veterans, and how they help their cause through The Wounded Warrior and Home for Our Troops initiatives.
The Vertical “V” slots in the vise’s jaws secure round or square blanks under the drilling guide, keeping them parallel and square for consistently accurate and repeatable drilling. Fully adjustable to accommodate pen blanks and bottle stopper blanks up to 1-1/2”. A sturdy angled steel base allows for comfortable use with a hand held drill. Just clamp a pen or bottle stopper blank in the vise, center under your guide, and drill away. Vise will remain centered on every subsequent pen blank and bottle stopper up to 1-1/2″ square (2-3/16″ diagonal).
The WoodRiver DV2 Self-Centering Drilling Vise includes a set of 4 Drilling Guides and Stop Collars for the most commonly used sizes (7mm, 10mm, 25/64″, and 27/64″). Other sized drilling guides and stop collars sold separately.
Traditionally, a scrub plane is used when you have to remove quite a bit of wood from the edge or surface of a board, yet not enough to rip with a saw, but still having a great deal to plane. Its heavy, narrow, rounded cutter makes it possible to quickly and easily bring down the board to rough dimensions. Use it to back out base boards, true up sub flooring, size large timber or clean gritty boards. Made from 1896-1914, Woodcraft brings back this icon from an era long gone and produces it on American soil.
The concept for this project came from the 1920’s Stanley Scrub Plane. Our product development group restored and polished up an old plane into functioning order. Using it for some time, we learned the intricacies of the plane itself. Then the question came, could this be manufactured and assembled in the United States?
Six months of research and finding companies willing to take on such a task, we found that we could bring this American icon back, and keep it in the USA at an affordable price offering of $169.99. Plans were set in motion to start designing, tooling was created and the first prototype was delivered. Testing proved that this plane should be able to ride over rough surfaces yet still remove wood. The corners were rounded over to decrease tracking and the back was rounded to not catch on the return stroke. The addition of the blade support worked out well providing another friction point to stabilize the blade when taking large bites of material.
After receiving many opinions as to the size and feel of the tote and knob, the handle designs were still an issue, so we sent it up to the “Handtool Coach” Rob Cosman to design both parts. Rob drew his inspiration from years of use with other scrub planes and came out with a set of handles that will have a fit for almost any situation. We chose walnut to keep with the American theme and drew on knowledge from a company that has been making handles for over 80 years. Two coats of a mat finish really make the walnut grain come to life.
The tote height has changed from the original to accommodate a full hand grip since many use this plane one handed. By doing so, we found the need to reduce the blade length to accommodate the increase of the tote height. We found a company here in the States that has close to 50 years of experience to produce a new blade for the 40-1/2. Made from high quality A2 steel and hardened to a Rockwell 60-62, the blade edge is hand ground with a secondary bevel and polished. All other edges are softened for grip ease.
Finally the plane cap was originally fitted with a ½” screw and knob but we decided to increase this to ease tightening by using a ¾” 304 stainless for years of service. Other hardware includes machined rods for the handles and capped with a brass cap screw, all in ¼”-20 so that years from now when the owners grandchildren inherit the plane, these parts will be easy to fabricate.
Three sets of prototypes were made. Thanks to the help of new 3D CAD technology capabilities, this helped to keep cost down. We can honestly say this has been a labor of love for hand tools. This has not always been easy but that comes with the territory!
Woodworking Adventures visited the woodshop of Craig Bentzley in Pennsylvania to get the scoop on the new Pinnacle 40 1/2 Scrub Plane,
Optimized For Coarse Stock Removal
Traditional Design Enhanced For Modern Woodworking
Proudly Made In The USA
Ergonomically Designed For Better Comfort During Extended Use With A Longer Forward Leaning Rear Tote Made From Black Walnut
3″ Radius Blade Is Made From A2 Steel & Hardened To 60-62 HRC
Flat Sole With Radius Edges To Allow The Plane To Glide Over Rough Surfaces & Minimalize Tracking
In woodworking most tools need to be sharp to do quality work. We spend a great deal of pride and time in getting them sharp and maintaining the edge. Many woodworkers have asked me when is a cutting edge sharp. There are several methods to determine if an edge is sharp but I always say if you can do quality work with minimal effort then the tool is sharp enough for that task. And until recently I did not think anything in the shop could be too sharp. This summer I actually cut my skin (similar to a paper cut) on the edge of a board after I dimensioned that board. The edge is always knocked off during the sanding stages so the danger is not there for very long. Of course all the edges need to be sanded slightly round prior to applying a film finish because the finish will not adhere to a sharp edge. So for the first time I have to admit that an edge can be too sharp! Are the edges in your shop sharp enough or too sharp?
Redesigned fence with laser etched scale and micro-adjust feature
Two position faceplate provides appropriate support for every cut
Tool-less guide adjustments
Conveniently located dual dust collection ports
Sturdy wheels feature a shallow crown and polyurethane tires
Heavy duty tensioning with quick release
Four sided blade guard
Blades can be removed out the front of the table, no bending or angling required
Round table insert features leveling screws for precise adjustment
Band Saw Size/Wheel Diameter (In.) : 14
Blade Length (In.) : 125
Blade Speed (SFPM) : 3000
Blade Width (In.) : 1/2
Cutting Capacity Height (In.) : 13-1/2
Cutting Capacity Width (In.) : 13-1/2
Dust Collection Minimum CFM Required (CFM) : 400
Dust Port Outside Diameter (In.) : 4
Maximum Saw Blade Width (In.) : 3/4
Minimum Saw Blade Width (In.) : 1/8
Table Height from Floor (In.) : 39
Table Size (L x W) (In.) : 21-1/2 x 16
Table Tilt (Deg.) : 45 Right/10 Left
Weight (lbs.): 356
No assembly required
Two new 15″ lathes will be added, September of 2013. JET’s new 15” Woodworking Lathe, available in a standard version (Model JWL-1015) and variable speed version (Model JWL-1015VS), provides optimum control, as well as positive-locking indexing. Built for easy speed changes these new lathes are owered by a 1/2 hp, single-phase, TEFC motor. The 4-amp, model JWL-1015VS delivers variable spindle speeds ranging from 200 to 3600 rpm. Three speed ranges are designed to perform different types of woodturning tasks. The slow speed range (200 to 1050 rpm) is best for detailed turnings, mid- range (300-1750 rpm) is great for sanding and finishing, and the high speed (600 to 3600) is intended for general woodturning.
Speed changes on the 5-amp model JWL-1015 are made by transferring the drive belt on stepped pulleys inside the headstock. The drive belt is de-tensioned by pulling up a lever located beneath the headstock. The hinged headstock cover and redesigned access door provide increased working space over most mini-lathes. The belt is switched manually to the pulley corresponding to one of six spindle speeds: 500, 840, 1240, 1800, 2630 or 3975 rpm. Then the cover is replaced and lever pressed back down to restore belt tension.
The lathe headstock features 24 integrated indexing positions, making it easy to cut evenly spaced features for fluting and veining applications.
A self-ejecting tailstock is provided for safe and easy removal of tooling. The hollow tailstock and removable tip on live center allows for boring through stock. Optional accessories include a lathe stand with height adjustments and wide feet for stability, 21” bed extension and extension stand.
The JET JWL-1015 Woodworking Lathe, Model 719100, Woodcraft Item #858827 is priced at $479.99. The JET JWL-1015VS Woodworking Lathe, Model 719110, Woodcraft Item #858828 will be $579.99. Both are warranted under the JET RED AssuranceTM program.
The final new item for Jet to release in September will be the new Slow Speed (1725 rpm) 8″WW Bench Grinder, Model 726100, Woodcraft Item #858829 for $329.99. The benchtop grinder includes two high-quality Norton® wheels: an 80 grit 3X Blue Ceramic Alumina K Grade wheel for coarse grinding and a 100 grit White Aluminum Oxide wheel for finish grinding. Protecting your eyes from those high quality wheel producing sparks and dust particles are oversized adjustable shields. The single-speed benchtop grinder is driven by a ½ hp, 115V single-phase induction motor. The two 8” wheels have a 1” width and a 5/8” arbor. The unique feature to these bench grinders are the large etched tool rests for easy marking for chisel sharpening angle location reference, which also have 45° of travel and a scale that has a 1° resolution. A bench grinder stand is optionally available at additional cost of $ as well.
Doug from Jet/Powermatic and Tommy discuss all of these tools in this video:
More to come with Tommy Mac and Woodcraft showing you the latest in woodworking tools!
Learn how you can put together this two-wall shop in your new or existing garage or workspace.
You’ll want to start building or improving your shop, starting with this Rust-Oleum based nonslip, epoxy paint and sealed floor. Great for resurfacing a concrete floor, this project will allow for easy clean-up leaving a show room finish. But don’t keep it clean, fill it with sawdust made from your handiwork and enjoy it! Create a two-wall workshop and outfit it with four outstanding shop projects using the Cut Lists and Convenience-Plus Buying Guides, all in the August/September Issue #54 of Woodcraft Magazine. We’ve never packed this much information all in one publication, so this issue is a must have!
The four projects consist of a Mobile Mitersaw Stand, a Compact All-Purpose Workbench with Tool Cabinet, a Planer Cart and a Power Tower to help organize your new or existing shop.
Vertically thinking, the Power Tower can be used to hold and house most medium to small portable and bench top tools. Putting it on casters will save you much needed space where you may be trying to have a shop and save parking space for the vehicles. Using the vertical storage unit with the Planer Cart and the NEW WoodRiver Wall Mount Folding Tool Stand, you’ll be maximizing every square inch of your shop.
Horizontally thinking, the mobile mitersaw stand includes drop-down wings for easy storing, built-in dust collection, adjustments for customizing the fence, shelf, and wings to your specific saw model. Also on casters for mobility, you can add Leg Levelers to handle uneven floor surfaces.
Every shop needs a workbench. Build your very own Compact All-Purpose Workbench with Woodcraft’s Laminated Maple Bench Tops.
There is an additional project also included to make your workbench a real added value with a Tool Cabinet Storage and Drawer System.
In addition, you will find a Dream Shop Planner to help you outline your shop. Lay out your cabinets and storage by using the machinery cutout templates for positioning. By using an acetate sheet placed over your shop grid, you can plan for duct work, electricity, lighting and HVAC. After your sketch work is complete, break down the shop build into individual steps for time and budgeting constraints. Just like measuring twice and cutting once, this plan can help you build your shop the way you want it, when you want it, without missing a step.
This video covers all the details within Issue #54, with an up close look at this new shop.
In additional to all the projects in this issue, you will also find Ready-To-Assemble Cabinets from Cabinotch. Just add your own doors and drawers to complete the project.
Hot New Tools features the NEW Micro-Jig GRR-Rip Block. This tool combines the rubber-soled pushblock technology with the notched pushstick products by adding flip-up feet, giving you the advantage of holding your stock firmly against the table while providing enough friction to push it forward keeping your digits at a safe distance from the blade on your tablesaw or router table.
Also featured is the Whiteside Pro Pen Mandrels. Whiteside has incorporated the CNC collet technology that has been used by machinists for years. With an adjustable shaft, turning is made easier from key chains to pens with out the need for spacers. The set includes a 1/4″ collet, collet nut, mandrel shaft, and brass knurled nut. Available in #1 MT and #2 MT.
Some new Tips & Tricks have been added, featuring a bottomless tablesaw crosscut jig, a Wedge Cutting Jig, Improvised Edge Clamp, and an easier way of removing those disposable gloves that are a hassle to take off.