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Guided Chisel for Bridle Joints

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

A block of wood clamped to your stock makes an excellent guide for your chisel as you clean the bottom of the female portion of a bridle joint.  Just make sure that the block of scrap wood that you are using as a guide is square to your stock.

I completed all of the female portions of my bridle joints tonight which will make up the outer frame of my breakfast tray.  Next up are the male sides which I will make similar to a traditional integral tenon.  See how I cut the cheeks.


Shop in 3D

Sunday, November 29th, 2015

I love creating 3D images.  It’s incredibly easy to do and a lot of fun.  I made a tutorial a while back that you can use to create your own (requires Photoshop).

Go grab your kid’s 3D glasses and check them out.  Want to see more?

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Scraper Sharpening: New Method

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

See the demo video

I use my card scrapers quite a bit. From removing mill marks, scratches/defects and even removing finish.

One of the things that I constantly delay is sharpening my card scrapers; it’s a chore. I think part of the problem was my method for sharpening. So after a little thought I came up with a different way to create the burr on the edge of the scraper by using a little piece of scrap wood.

Burnisher Tool:

The hole for the burnisher I created was 3/8″, which was the diameter of my burnisher.  The rabbet I created in the burnisher tool probably isn’t really necessary. Originally I was going to have the hole for the burnisher closer to the inside of the rabbet. The ledge created by the rabbet would then create a nice ramp for the scraper to ride on before making contact with the burnisher. This will make more sense after watching the video.