Come Meet Me Next Week in Manchester, CT

Hi Folks,

I’m excited to announce that I’m going to participate in the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool event this coming Friday and Saturday, October 28th and 29th, at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking in Manchester, CT. If you haven’t been to one of these events before, they are a great way to check out Lie-Nielsen’s complete lineup of hand tools and to see hands-on demonstrations and meet local tool makers and woodworkers.

After attending the last hand tool event in Manchester earlier this year, I spoke to Deneb at Lie-Nielsen about participating as a vendor in this upcoming show. I offered to setup to sell tools, offering my usual assortment of usable old tools, and to do some hand tool demonstrations. He said they’d like to have me there and invited me to attend both days. Woo! I’m very excited about this opportunity. I’ve never setup to either sell or “perform” at an event like this. It should be a lot of fun. We’ll have at least one workbench available and I’ll bring some saw benches. I’m planning to bring along some tools form my user kit to demonstrate- molding planes, plows, saws, boring tools, and other fun stuff. I’ll also show some of the methods I use to tune and restore these tools. I’ll probably break out some of the more interesting tools from my collection to exhibit as well.

I’m also excited to say that my friend Matt Cianci, noted saw geek and owner of thesawblog.com, will be attending as well and sharing a space with me. Matt is going to bring along some of his super-tuned saws and will will be demonstrating and talking about saw sharpening. Matt Bickford of M.S. Bickford Hand Planes will also be there showing off some of his superb molding planes and the moldings he makes with hollows and rounds.

So, sell the house, sell the car, sell the kids.. do whatever you need to do to get to Manchester, CT next week. It’s going to be a good time.

Thanks for reading,

-Josh

Hi Folks,

I’m excited to announce that I’m going to participate in the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool event this coming Friday and Saturday, October 28th and 29th, at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking in Manchester, CT. If you haven’t been to one of these events before, they are a great way to check out Lie-Nielsen’s complete lineup of  hand tools and to see hands-on demonstrations and meet local tool makers and woodworkers.

After attending the last hand tool event in Manchester earlier this year, I spoke to Deneb at Lie-Nielsen about participating as a vendor in this upcoming show. I offered to setup to sell tools, offering my usual assortment of usable old tools, and to do some hand tool demonstrations. He said they’d like to have me there and invited me to attend both days. Woo! I’m very excited about this opportunity. I’ve never setup to either sell or “perform” at an event like this. It should be a lot of fun. We’ll have at least one workbench available and I’ll bring some saw benches.  I’m planning to bring along some tools form my user kit to demonstrate- molding planes, plows, saws, boring tools, and other fun stuff. I’ll also show some of the methods I use to tune and restore these tools. I’ll probably  break out some of the more interesting tools from my collection to exhibit as well.

I’m also excited to say that my friend Matt Cianci, noted saw geek and owner of thesawblog.com, will be attending as well and sharing a space with me. Matt is going to bring along some of his super-tuned saws and will will be demonstrating and talking about saw sharpening. Matt Bickford of M.S. Bickford Hand Planes will also be there showing off some of his superb molding planes and the moldings he makes with hollows and rounds.

So, sell the house, sell the car, sell the kids.. do whatever you need to do to get to Manchester, CT next week. It’s going to be a good time.

Thanks for reading,

-Josh

Happiness Is.. A Truly Sharp Saw

Just a quick story about a good experience I had in my shop today.

This afternoon I spent my lunch break in my shop.That’s one of the really nice perks of working from my home office. Another benefit is seeing my kids for breakfast and dinner every day. So today my schedule and workload aligned and had an hour to myself to do some actual woodworking for an hour. This may have been the first hour I’ve had in my shop in two months.

I need to work on some small saw benches for an upcoming woodworking show that I may participate in. The idea is to have a couple of multi-purposes benches that folks can use to try out tools like saws, molding planes, boring tools, etc. I’m basing my design on Chris Swartz’s saw bench. I have all the stock milled to the right dimensions and it was time to cut the legs to length. I pulled out my trusty Langdon Acme mitre box but swapped the stock saw, which has served me well but isn’t anywhere near sharp at the moment, for a Disston Jackson mitre saw I just got back from Matt Cianci. Matt’s a friend of mine and fellow saw geek. I scored this saw (which is almost completely mint with all its original bluing, handle finish and a mirror-like plate) up at MJD‘s last auction in Nashua. Matt picked out of few things from the auction lots I purchased that day and in return he took the Jackson home and sharpened it. It was virtually unused so it took him “all of ten minutes” to sharpen. This past weekend I met up with Matt at a local auction and he handed off the saw freshly sharpened and ready to go. We did well at the auction, Matt scoring one of the nicest pre-Civil War Disston 7s I’ve ever seen, and I found an even earlier (possibly the earliest ) Disston at the tailgate sale. Those are stories for another day.

Back to today, when I loaded that Jackson in my mitre box and started to cut the legs to length. Wow. That barely begins to describe what using a truly sharp mitre saw in a quality mitrebox feels like. The saw ate through the 6/4 stock in no time, leaving tiny curly shavings rather than dust. It was amazing. I knocked out eight legs and four stretchers in just a few minutes. The saw left an almost perfect surface behind and was able to take thin cuts leaving strips of wood behind no thicker than the plate itself. It was fantastic.

Jackson Mitre Saw In My Langdon Acme Mitre Box
Jackson Mitre Saw In My Langdon Acme Mitre Box
Squaring-Up a Leg, Taking A Very Thin Cut
Squaring-Up a Leg, Taking A Very Thin Cut
Resulting End Grain
Resulting End Grain

Matt is definitely one of the best saw sharpeners out there. He is one of only four people I will recommend you send your saws to or that I will drop-ship a saw to that a customer has purchased . I’ve been burned in the past by saw sharpeners who have come well-recommended but who have delivered substandard results to my customers. I guarantee you will be happy with Matt’s work.

That’s it from here. Thanks for reading.

-Josh

Fresh Old Tools For Sale!

Good Morning!

First, I want to say hello to and welcome all the new subscribers and web site visitors I’ve had over the past week. I wasn’t able to attend Woodworking in America this year due to family obligations, but from what I’ve heard from folks who attended and the pictures I’ve seen in the forums it sounded like a fantastic event. Apparently a couple of the presenters recommended my site as a good place to find usable old tools. I’ve had a surge in subscribers since then. I’ll have to thank those presenters!

I added a bunch of new tools to my For Sale page today- hopefully you will find something you like. Please contact me if you have any questions or comments. As always, if you are looking for a particular tool please let me know. I may have it in stock or be able to find it for you. I just ask for a little patience since it will take me a couple of late night to get this batch of tools processed and shipped.

One new development- I can now accept credit card payments in addition to checks and PayPal. I will take credit card numbers over the phone only- please don’t include credit card information in email. If you’d like to arrange a credit card payment please let me know and we’ll work out a good time to chat.

Thanks everyone!

-Josh

Good Morning!

First, I want to say hello to and welcome all the new subscribers and web site visitors I’ve had over the past week. I wasn’t able to attend Woodworking in America this year due to family obligations, but from what I’ve heard from folks who attended and the pictures I’ve seen in the forums it sounded like a fantastic event. Apparently a couple of the presenters recommended my site as a good place to find usable old tools. I’ve had a surge in subscribers since then. I’ll have to thank those presenters!

I added a bunch of new tools to my For Sale page today- hopefully you will find something you like. Please contact me if you have any questions or comments. As always, if you are looking for a particular tool please let me know. I may have it in stock or be able to find it for you. I just ask for a little patience since it will take me a couple of late night to get this batch of tools processed and shipped.

One new development- I can now accept credit card payments in addition to checks and PayPal. I will take credit card numbers over the phone only- please don’t include credit card information in email. If you’d like to arrange a credit card payment please let me know and we’ll work out a good time to chat.

Thanks everyone!

-Josh