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Category: Tools

O’Keeffe’s Working Hands + Bonus Cute Puppy

Posted on January 23rd, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Gorilla Glue, Tools. 1 Comment

Puppies, one of the many reasons for cracked, dry hands.

I’ve recently been looking for a reason to write a product endorsement on O’Keeffe’s Working Hands, but I figured it would be a little obvious if it related to woodworking. Matt from MBW recently wrote one here with the woodworker’s angle. I completely agree with his assessment as well. Wood seems to suck the moisture from our hands and slices them to bits. The winter’s dry weather really can do a number of cracking and splitting knuckles and fingertips. Even our spouses remind us of how rough they can … Read More »

Playing Favorites

Posted on January 18th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Projects, Tools. 4 comments

How to support American Made Tool Manufacturers

I recently wrapped up all of the inner workings of my traveling anarchist tool chest including the tills, and a custom chisel holder that attaches to the inside of the chest wall securely, as well as on my tool wall. Like most woodworkers who would be in my position at this point in the project, I decided to give everything a trial run. I places all of my critical tools into the chest to see how things fit, and what might be improved.

My first reaction was damn, this is really … Read More »

Maple is Murder

Posted on January 8th, by Andy Brownell in Projects, Tools. No Comments

When it comes to dulling your chisel blades, nothing compares to rock maple when cutting dovetails. The two tool tills for my Traveling Anarchists Tool Chest are made from some locally harvested rock maple. Sixteen hand-cut dovetails later, Ive wrapped up the weekend with both tills ready to sand and attach the bottoms. I still have plenty of work to do, but this concludes the dovetailing for this project, thankfully. Next up are the carcass glides for the two tills, saw till, lid hinges and finishing. Im targeting the end of February to wrap this up to make room for … Read More »