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|07-20-2016 02:22 PM|
I've been drawn to 'sailor's art' for a long time. The items that these guys made in their months at sea with little raw materials and limited tools have always impressed me. I especially liked the cribbage boards, because of my fondness for the traditional game of seafarers. The example picture below is an example of these simple, but impressive projects. I have seen some at Maritime Museums with drawers for the pegs, folding boards, and other impressive features, all worked by hands on long voyages. |
Having made a few cribbage boards in my time, I understand now why all of the handmade ones have as few peg holes as possible. Drilling 250 holes with a drill press is work enough, I can't imagine the patience to drill them all by hand!
I can't find a credit (or age) for the one below, but it is beautiful.
|07-20-2016 12:01 PM|
|07-19-2016 04:19 PM|
a fostner bit works as good or better than anything out there...
|07-19-2016 04:14 PM|
Originally Posted by MikeMa View Post
For full disclosure, the spindle bearing of my drill press is the same part number as the arbor bearing of my table saw.
|07-18-2016 02:40 PM|
This is about as primitive as woodworking gets. Happens every day for this guy. |
|07-18-2016 01:17 PM|
I am a hobby woodworker, and I use both extensively. For stock prep, you will see me using my jointer, planer, and table saw almost exclusively. However, if I am working on a 12" wide board, my jointer is only 6". You will see me grabbing my #62 and #7 hand planes to flatten one of the faces, and then proceed to watch me send that board through the planer. |
For mortise and tenons, I don't have a tenon jig, nor a mortising machine. I have made a few different tenon jigs, but I have never had them perform real well. To cut my tenons, I will establish the shoulders at the table saw , and depending on the size of the tenon cut the shoulders at either the router table or band saw. The router I can get typically get the tenon sized to what I need. The band saw they need to be slightly over sized. I will use my rabbet block plane to get that fit perfected. After going through this process a few times, it is actually a pretty quick process to get the tenons fit to the mortises. For the mortises, I will machine them out with either the drill press or router table, and both I will clean up with chisels.
This is why I enjoy woodworking. So many different ways to accomplish tasks.
|07-18-2016 09:49 AM|
|163481||A lively discussion with many different perspectives. Thanks all for chiming in.|
|07-18-2016 07:44 AM|
|gmcromp||Not everyone can use hand tools due to physical limitations. Power tools open up the hobby to those of us that have.arthritis and other limitations. Use what you feel best, it is a personal choice. If you make it and it looks good who cares what tools you use.|
|07-18-2016 05:23 AM|
Chuck, I read your comparison observations and please let me philosophize a bit : |
Once we are born, there is only one thing really necessary: to die at some moment. All other things to do are optional. So, if you want to give it a try without power tools, lock away for 365 days your power tool (e.g. disc saw) and then tell me how many things you made of mdf etc. Also, you are comparing your singing to the Pavarotti of carpentry. What do you want to hear? How good he is or how far behind him you are? I heard many sculptors say that Michaelangelo, after his famous "Pieta" put the tombstone on sculpture, because no human can ever make better sculpture. BUT, the joy of creating is not about comparing our work to what can be achieved, but about appreciating what emotions our wooden "creature" (a product of creation) brings out. Thus, if you go back to my posts, look at the cutting boards: is there any comparison between my single board "things" and Herb's puzzling masterpieces?
No way, yet when I see my own boards on a table I am very happy (And to be sincere, I am VERY happy to cut cheese with my knife on a simple board, while I think it is barbaric sacrilege to do this on a masterpiece by Herb. (And a side question: How much saw dust does an intricate job produce vs the very simple bandsaw cut of the single-piece cutting board?). Still there is no comparison : Herb's boards are superb to hang on the wall (and keep hearing all others ask how it's done) while mine are at home when they are near the sink.
Obviously, what we do in carpentry (as in many other activities) is a choreography, a "dance" of thoughts and moves that results in what we can make. Our education, experience, needs, wishes, expertise, weaknesses, stubbornness and dares will make us produce whatever it is. It is the amateur's virtue to "lick" a piece of wood indefinitely, until he is satisfied, while the pro has to get on with it finish it faster, easier, perfect, and give it to the customer to take the money and rush away to cover expenses.
So, after much thinking and dreadful trials at dovetailing, I stopped the idea. Through my needs, strengths and weaknesses I resolved to the use of dowel joints, found them 100% accurate easily, and they haven't failed me up to now. I stopped envying others quite a long time ago, and I am happy at what I can achieve. And many times it is unique from what I see on people's remarks here, e.g.
|07-18-2016 12:59 AM|
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