Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Sat, 08/09/2014 - 17:33
We just finished our Side Table Class. Students are allowed to chose one of
three styles, Federal, Shaker, or Mission. We go over the differences and
similarities in the styles before we start to build. In this class both Dan and
Michael wanted to build a Mission style table. We made a drawing and they
decided to do the majority of the work by hand. I will give them a lot of
credit as they hung in there and chopped a lot of mortises and sawed quite a few
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:29
We just finished up a couple of fun and interesting classes. The first was
Sharpening bucksaws with my friend John Sumner. John uses his vacation time to
go to National forests and clear trails using human powered tools. He is an
excellent sharpener of the big bucksaws used in trail work.
Here is John Holding his sample saw.
Big saw teeth
The group testing their saws.
The second class was a 13 day marathon building a Tall Clock Case. Thirteen
days straight through without a break.
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Tue, 05/27/2014 - 12:53
We had a good couple of days making tools and learning some useful skills. We
shaped, hardened and tempered steel for the marking knife blades and the cutters
for the gauges. We used a screw box to thread the Moxon vise and improved our
mortising and layout skills. We used the mallet and marking knife we made on the
first day to make the marking gauge on the second day. Making and using tools
you have made only adds to the fun of woodworking!
We had beautiful weather, the crab apple tree was in full bloom!
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.