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Returning to wood and tools after a 20-year hiatus.

Tuning My Planes

Some of my family and friends know that I collect Stanley or Bailey planes.  The better planes made by Stanley were made after 1890 and before WW2 which makes those planes in the neighborhood of 70 to 120 years old.  […]

The Baby Crib Begins

My garage finally warmed up enough last week that I was able to dig out the walnut that my son-in-law Tyler and I purchased for making a baby crib for he and Jodi’s firstborn.  The wood sat for several weeks […]

Building a Desk – Part 5

As mentioned earlier, I founded the design for my desk upon a desk that Darrell Peart built.  My desk differs in many ways, but it still requires a support structure for those legs.  The design does not permit some of […]

Mortise Pal

My desk has a lot of mortise and tenon joints.  I tried mortising with my drill press and regular drill bit, but that was tedious and not too satisfying.  After looking around on the web, I discovered a product call […]

Building a Desk – Part 4

The desk finally stood on its own for the first time when I had all the major mortise and tenon work completed.  Only the pieces around the top of the desk are finished, but it was fun to see it […]