Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tools Sharp ??

Well you can probably bet that the craftsman who made this chest of drawers in the 1800's had sharp tools:

Deconstructed Chest of Drawers

Mitered Foot with Hidden Dovetails

     Last week Diane and I vacationed in New York City and this was a display in the Metropolitan Museum.  The craftsmanship and the time and effort that goes into doing the bulk of your work by hand is amazing.  As woodworkers we all know that the best work we can achieve requires the sharpest tools we can obtain.  That is the subject of our meeting tomorrow night at 7:00 pm.
     Eric Felber will be our feature demonstrator/speaker and will share his technique for sharpening chisels and plane irons.  He's not the only one in the group that could be classified as a tool junkie and he's amassed quite a collection of diamond, water, and oil stones in his pursuit of the best technique for him.  Rumor has it he has so many that he may part with some so bring your wallet!  You might also bring a dull tool of your own and see if there's enough time to put an edge on it while Eric's talk is fresh in your head.
See you there, as usual we'll meet in Jamie's shop.

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