Monday, August 11, 2008

Sharing the Wealth - Part II

The fun continues!

Jenny uses a knife to mark the rails and stiles of her frame to final length...

...and then cuts them with the mitersaw.

She continues by flattening one face of her panel, marking the desired thickness off of this face with a marking gauge, and finally scrubbing down to the line with the Stanley #40.

Meanwhile, James has been working on "unfolding" his book stand.

He starts by sawing in to the hinges from both the top and the bottom. He knows when to stop by watching for sawdust falling from the hinge angles.

At this point, the only thing holding the stand closed are the long wood fibers between the hinge cuts. He releases these with a thin knife and...

...with a little encouragement, it opens! Always a amazing moment!

More to come...


  1. A shared shop is a happy shop! Looks like that frame saw works really well--did you make it?

  2. VC - The frame saw does work well - the wide handgrip helps magnify alignment errors so you can correct them before they do too much damage. Usually. You can resaw quite thinly with a little practice.

    I did make it - the blade is from the hibernating bandsaw and the tensioning mechanism is a hack-sawed bolt. It is one of a number of "prototype" tools that worked well enough that I never made the "final" version.

  3. Hi Dan
    Thanks a lot for sharing this interesting work. I was hungry to se something like this! And I have a couple of questions:
    1. Do you recommend a specific kind of wood?
    2. I live in the UK, do can I order 2- 3 pieces with a little bit bigger size?

    1. Abd - 1. I think you can use any kind of wood you want. If you plan on carving the finished bookstand, then you should select a wood that carves well- Walnut perhaps. 2. I'm not sure I understand this one - can you clarify?

      Thanks for commenting!


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