My First Lesson In Carpentry…

Found this pic looking through some of Moms old photo albums…don’t remember what we were building.“Let The Force guide you my son…” Advertisements

Cant Gourlay & Co.

If you have seen my recent posts you may have caught a glimpse of my shaper. It was made by Cant Gourlay & Co who made woodworking machinery between 1872 and 1886 in Galt, Ont. Canada. The shaper was originally part of a century old woodworking shop bought by my uncle approximately 45 years ago, and…

Shaping Window & Door Casing-Part 1

So today I started ripping and jointing the pine I purchased yesterday. I started by ripping the boards into 4-1/8″ wide strips and jointing one edge in preparation for shaping.Once that was complete, I set up a cove and bead cutter in the shaper and used my template to set up the height and fence…

Back On Track

Since we have been in our old house (a circa 1870’s farmhouse), we have done piles of work to “The Old Barn” as I call it. New basement, drywall, insulation in parts of the house and kitchen cupboards, bathrooms, updated wiring/plumbing etc., but I have been slacking off and have not done any of the…

Saw Filing-An Exercise In Futility…

So, as I stated in my previous post, my miter box saw was in dire need of sharpening. My inner idiot whispered reassuringly “Hey weiner, you can do that…”,  so I dug out my saw files and clamped the saw in my  twin screw vise. So it begins…First, I took a single cut mill file…

Stanley 358 Miter Box Ressurection

I had been looking for an old Stanley Miter Box for a while, and last week I was rewarded with an ad on Kijiji listing a Stanley Miter Box in excellent condition for the paltry sum of $50. On the way home from work I went to take a look, and after confirming all the…

Introduction

I have decided to start a blog to chronicle my woodworking endeavors, a place to document my projects and tool restorations and record my random scattered thoughts. I will admit I have absolutely no business writing a blog…if this all goes in the toilet, I will blame my friend who was the one that inspired…