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About AtticusWW

  • Birthday 10/28/1978

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    NW MS
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    Enjoy using a mixture of power and hand tools. I build a little of everything. Currently, I am working on improving my joinery skills by attempting to include mortises and tenons in as many projects as I can. I am practicing hand cut dovetails, but haven’t been confident enough to include them in a project yet.

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  1. I neglected to reply to an earlier question regarding waxing the sole. To this point, I haven’t. The straight grain on the bottom actually glides pretty well as is. I have applied no finish at all. Also, I only sanded enough to remove the bandsaw marks.
  2. +1 on the dust. It was almost like powder.
  3. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I was afraid that it was going to be. The cut was actually fairly clean. Here’s a picture of the offcut.
  4. Recently, I was perusing the Lie Nielson website, and I came across their chisel plane. As I have a growing appreciation for the value that hand tools bring to a modern power workshop, I really like the idea of a plane that can access 90’ corners. As this plane is primarily used for pretty menial tasks like scraping glue squeeze out and trimming pegs,I did find it difficult to justify the $140 price tag. As any other self-respecting woodworker would do, I decided I could build my own! I perused the web (and this site obviously) for examples of DIY chisel planes, and found several examples including the work of FJPetruso and Hawgnutz here on LJs. I liked their designs, but wanted to build mine to more closely resemble the Lie Nielsen product. I built the main body from a block of Wenge that I had lying around. A big box store cheapie block plane provided the blade. Easily the most difficult part of the project was drilling the hole in the blade. I built the “cap iron” from maple. The rear knob is just a wooden cabinet knob available at any home center. I counterbored a hole to recess the head of a 1/4 20 hex bolt, and a star knob holds the business end together. The blade is set at approximately a 20’ angle. I drew out the shape of the body on the block of wenge, and cut it out on the bandsaw. The plane did a great job on the little bit of glue squeeze out that I used it on. Realistically, I don’t know how much use I will get out of this plane, but I am very pleased with the outcome of this project. I look forward to creating opportunities to use this plane in the future. Thanks for looking!
  5. Not to further muddy the waters, but about 4 months ago, I purchased the Delta Cruzer 12”. Axial glide similar to the Bosch, and I got it on sale for $350. It has been an excellent saw to date with zero issues. I think that the price has risen significantly, but still lower than the Bosch and it serves the same space saving purpose. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Thanks all for the replies. I recently went through a bit of a slump. I wasn’t building anything that was really getting me excited to be in the shop. I realized that I needed to challenge myself. I decided that I was going to start challenging myself in every project. Mortise and tenon, dovetails... I want to add something challenging to every project. My first project in my new challenge is a Morris Chair. Knowing that this project was going to require a LOT of mortise and tenon joinery, I knew I needed a great vise. Today, I milled all of the parts of the chair down to final dimensions and started cutting mortises. The vise worked beautifully. I couldn’t be more pleased. I am looking forward to many years of use. Also, adding new challenges seems to have worked. I can’t wait to get in the shop tomorrow! Thanks!
  7. This is my first project post on this forum, and I hope that I am putting it in the right place. I got into woodworking a little over 2 years ago, and I think that my progression is very similar to that of most new woodworkers. One of my first big projects was a southern yellow pine workbench with a 4” thick laminated top. I love that bench. It isn’t pretty. The mortises are a little too big, and the half laps that I used to build the base are more like 2/3 laps in some cases. For all of its faults, it is as solid as can be, and will easily outlast me. Fast forward to a couple of months ago, and I built another workbench. Again, I used pine, but I wanted this bench to be more aesthetically pleasing, so I stained the base and padded on many coats of shellac to give it a beautiful shine. I decided when I built that bench that I would use it for my growing interest in hand tools. I took my 12” quick release vise and put it on that bench. I had no intention of getting rid of my first bench, so I moved it to the opposite wall. While I really like my new bench, I find myself using the old bench just as frequently, but as I have no vise on it, I sometimes find myself struggling from a work holding standpoint. I decided to rectify that situation by building a Moxon Vise. I built a Moxon Vise early on using pipe clamps, but the pipe clamps never locked down very securely, so this time I decided that I would use 3/4” all thread. While I was preparing to build the vise, I came a cross a post that mentioned that certain barbells were basically 1” acme threaded rod, and that the star knobs used to secure the plates on the bars made excellent knobs for the vise I went to Walmart, and found these for just under $7 each After cutting off the grip, I had 12” of acme threaded rod! I milled the jaws out of 6/4 ash. As I intended for the vise to be clamped down to the bench when needed, I cut the rear jaw to 30” and the front jaw to 24”. Both jaws are 6” tall. That was when I had a revelation. If I turned my bench with the short side butted up against the wall, then I could access both sides of the bench. Also, that would allow me to mount the vise permanently to the end. I knew that I did not want 2 long screws sticking out into the walkway, but i did not want to give up a lot of capacity. I decided to drill holes in the end of the bench that would allow me to recess some of the rod, letting keep capacity if needed. As this bench was built early on in my woodworking journey, the ends aren’t exactly flat and square, so I had to do some shimming to mount the rear jaw. I used a hole saw and forstner bit to counterbore holes in the back of the rear jaw, and inserted one of the star knobs for each rod. I finished both jaws with boiled linseed oil. After using the vise for the first time, I realized that I wanted a little more space between the knobs and the face of the vise. I cut out some wooden washers to add the desired space. The holding power is impressive and I am very pleased with the acme threads. Thanks for looking!
  8. Richard - spent lots of time in those areas growing up. Coop - good to know. Oddly enough, my younger brother lives in Houston. Small world.
  9. Thanks for the warm welcome. I am excited to be here. As far as McComb, that is about 5 hours south of here on 55. It is strange that it was mentioned as that is where I spent the first 18 years of my life. Could I ask why you wanted to know, Mr. Cooper?
  10. Hi all, I’ve been a member of another WW forum for a couple of years, but have been listening to the Woodtalk Podcast for a while now. I thought I would give this forum a try. I have been woodworking for about 2 years now and it has become an obsession. I have so much to learn, and am always looking for new sources. I am looking forward to continuing the journey.