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.
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Sun, 12/18/2011 - 13:47
Getting started in woodworking can be a bit like the the old song
„There's a Hole In the Bucket“, at every turn there is an excuse or
stumbling block to success until you come back to the beginning and start over
with the same litany of excuses. We are here to break that cycle and help
beginning woodworkers get started. We will build up our tool kit and skills as
we build a pair of sawhorses. In later posts we will build a Nicholson style
workbench and a tool box as we add to our skills and tools. With that old song
playing in the background we will help you get past the excuses and into
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Mon, 12/05/2011 - 13:48
I received this question from another Mike wondering about the „original
style“ vise on the Nicholson Bench.
I hope this finds you doing well. I have a quick question regarding your
Nicholson bench. I currently have a Nicholson which has a twin-screw vise
rather than a copy of the original like you included in your bench. I've heard
some pretty negative comments about the original style, but it certainly looks
like it takes up less room than my twin screw, which requires 34". Would be nice
to get some of that space back to make planing easier and more comfortable.
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Thu, 11/03/2011 - 00:15
I am fairly certain that Chris Schwarz and I are Luddites! Many people
mistakenly think of the Luddites as being anti-technology. What the Luddites
were really striving for was the ability to retain control of the weaving
industry as granted to them in the 1663 Royal Charter of the Company of
Framework Knitters (stockingers).
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Sun, 10/30/2011 - 15:28
The adventure and fun that was WIA 2011 is behind us now. Only 11 months to
go until WIA 2012 (unless they change the date!). It was great to see old
friends and meet some new ones. The Hand Tool Olympics went well and was a big
hit with those that competed. I want to thank my friends who helped out in the
booth, Tom Howard, Steve Schwabacher, Jeff Hand, John Griffin-Wiesner, Emily
Bonhan-Owen, Dean Jansa, Nick Stahlmann, Bob Rozaieski and Mark Hochstein. This
is a great crew of people and I couldn't do it without them.