Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Wed, 09/25/2013 - 12:16
I am always struck by how many hand tool operations are the same or very
similar, filing isn't so different from sawing or paring. chopping firewood with
an axe isn't very different from chopping waste from a dovetail. Today
I chopped a mortise for a friend. I scribed the ends and the sides V'd out the
waste and chopped the ends square. The difference was I was working in earth
and my tool was a shovel, the operations were pretty much the same otherwise.
The tenant was my old dog Mickey, I will miss him. Never a burden, our friends
are never so heavy as when we lift them into their graves.
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Sun, 12/02/2012 - 15:13
In working on my goal to make entry level woodworking simple and accesible
I am pondering the inexpensive workbench again. I am giving a demonstration on
workbenches for the Minnesota Woodworkers Guild here at my shop. We are making a
Nicholson bench at this meeting and giving it away at the guilds HTO in January.
The entire bench will cost less than $100 and can be built in a day or two with
handtools. I have decided to eliminate any vises attached to the bench and work
with 2 holdfasts, a crochet and a double screw vise like Moxon or Holme show in
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Sun, 11/11/2012 - 12:14
I would like to thank my friends Dean Jansa, Emily Bonham, Bob Rozaieski,
Tom Howard, Steve Schwabacher and Nick Stahlman for all the work you do in the
booth to make this happen. I would like to thank Popular woodworking for
gathering up the prizes and giving us booth space and I would like to thank the
vendors who donated prizes, Bad Axe Tool Works, Lee Valley, Rob Cosman and Ron
Herman. It was a fun weekend!
Everyone that participated in Nageltreffen and the HTO is a winner.
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Sat, 05/19/2012 - 15:14
We have been making a few hammers just for fun. The heads are
made from O-1 steel hack sawed, turned on the lathe and filed to shape. The eye
is drilled out on a mill/drill machine, They are then heated red hot and
quenched in peanut oil. After cooloing they are polished a bit so you can see
then metal and then heated at the center of the head until the head and pein
reach straw color and are quenched again in peanut oil. This gives the head a
diferential hardening with the center being softer than the head and pein.
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Sun, 04/01/2012 - 10:35
Under the greenwood tree, Who loves to lie with me, And turn his merry note
Unto the sweet bird's throat, (Shakespeare)
It is my never ending quest to find interesting classes that cover skills
that people seek to acquire, while making something valuable to take home and
treasure. I have designed a great class for green woodworking. How does one get
wood from the log to a project with those beautiful, tactile, faceted,
shimmering surfaces from hand planes? This „unplugged“ class will cover
riving timber from the log using froes, mallets, gluts and wedges.
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Wed, 02/01/2012 - 09:20
My friends and I will be demonstrating at a few events this year. For
Starters February 11th will see us at the Midwest Tool Collectors
Association(mwtca.org) meet at The Medina Ballroom in Medina, MN. The meet
opens at 7:30 am with selling starting at 8:30. this is a great place to look
for tools or learn about the ones you have! 500 Highway 55, Medina,
We will be running a Hand Tool Olympics for the Minnesota Woodworkers Guild
on February 22nd. Business meeting will start at 6:30 pm.