I’ve been working on some shop storage. In this case plywood-based cabinets with drawers on casters at the (hopefully) exact height of my tablesaw so they can also serve as a longer out feed table brad and I worked on, but also with drawers so I can organize my tools in it. Given the shop space I have I wanted to build something that served multi purposes without sacrificing quality.
I follow the work and teaching of Richard Maguire over at The English Woodworker. Richard has a way of explaining things that make it very easy to follow his step by step instructions and techniques. When Richard posted his latest video on making a Danish Stool I knew there were two things I wanted to learn which this course was going to give me clarity on: Compound joinery and Danish cord weaving.
I was asked recently what the difference is between a Japanese bench and dovetail chisel. Here is the primary difference as I see it.
I recently decided to upgrade my chisels to something that better fit my style of work, and the feel I’m looking for. While there was nothing wrong with my Lie-Nielsen chisels, I still wanted to have something more balanced, with a different handle, and something made by a small maker. I’d been fascinated by Japanese chisels, and had researched them for a bit, so I decided to switch. Along with that switch, came a different way of sharpening. If I was going to get Japanese chisels, I was going to use their traditional method of setting up the chisel and sharpening it. Thanks to the advice from Wilbur Pan from Giant Cypress, I zeroed in on Fujihiro brand chisels made by the amazing Mr. Chitaro Imai which I bought from Hida Tools.
Unlike the roof of a home where you will find a 2×8 or 2×12, TuffShed builds their roof with 2×4. Given that the city is requiring me to use R-38 type insulation, the 2×4 joists pose a real challenge because the insulation is 8″ thick. Solving that problem took a bit of trial, error and research before I figured out the correct and clean solution to get it done.
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