Marty Backe

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    I aspire to high craftsmanship. It's a journey...

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  1. A little hand tool build video (pardon the bandsaw) for a new 6" double square tool holder. It's mounted to the front of my Dutch Tool Chest.
  2. Here's my review of the Woodriver 4 piece Butt Chisel set, delivered in a wood box.
  3. I provide a short walk-through of my latest storage box, and highlight a couple of unfortunate mistakes that I made.
  4. Because the sapwood is symmetrical, I think it looks great. With time it'll probably darken just a little which will help with the contrast. Legs look fine to me. My only suggestion would be to shorten the height of the apron. I love cherry.
  5. The bottom reminds me of Munch's The Scream
  6. The latest in my Show and Tell series, here I provide a look at a just completed storage box for one of my LED video lights. The interior is French fitted using foam to hold the light and accessories.
  7. Thanks for your comments. I know not everyone likes long videos, but they can always be fast forwarded or skipped altogether. Someday I"ll try a denser foam, but mostly I enjoy the quietness of non-router work when I can get it.
  8. I just completed making a fitted box to hold all of my detail finish brushes. Using scraps from my shop, I filmed the making of the hinged box. Hope you enjoy it.
  9. Thank you. Ideas for boxes are endless, and they are nice to work on when you only have an hour or so in the shop. Solid wood is even better. I only use 1/8" plywood because they are for utilitarian boxes. I use wood for nicer boxes. Here's another post of mine where I made some boxes from ebony and rosewood:
  10. The blade is at 45 degrees so it looks higher than it really is. But generally you will get a cleaner crosscut when the teeth are hitting the wood at a high angle. This is particularly true at the end of the cut where you can get breakout. You'll get much less breakout (if any) at the end of a cut when the blade is high vs barely above the wood. Try it some time and you'll see the difference. Thanks a lot for the emery board suggestion. That's fantastic - I'm going to get some right away for my future work. Thanks again! With these small boxes, not being out-of-square is even more important since there's not enough wood to offer any 'flex' to get the lid on. It happens to me more often than not, where they are just a tiny bit out of square. So cutting the lid at an angle makes it a don't care. Thanks. Thanks Chet. Thanks. Toggle clamps are a wonderful invention.
  11. My latest video, showing how I make a small box to perfectly fit my set of feeler gauges. There's a small parts table saw crosscut sled that I use with a special attachment that allows me to accurately and safely cut these small parts.
  12. I too live in Southern California. If you're interested in old tools, it sucks to live here. The center of the 'old tool universe' is east of the Mississippi. It's EBay for us.
  13. As I showed in the video, in reality it's quick and easy to adjust the iron. I obviously don't have enough time with it yet. But that's a great idea, buy the plane for the iron. You can obviously buy better irons but it'll cost you $30 - $50. On the other hand, you could probably find junk beater planes for only a few bucks and harvest their blades. For me it's just fun to play around with tools.