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.
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Thu, 09/22/2011 - 15:41
If your going to WIA be sure to stop by the Hand Tool Olympics and have a go at some of the events. We are there to help with the events with services ranging from tutelage and encouragement to heckling as is warranted. Visit with members of SAPFM and view the furniture they have on display, ask them how they made it, have fun, learn things!!
Be sure to keep an eye on the Blogger's Challenge, sure they write about woodworking but where do they stand in the pantheon of heroes? There will be teams of 3 bloggers each competing for honor, dominance and plain old fun!
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Thu, 07/14/2011 - 14:19
Our quest to make a frame re-saw began at the first WIA when we tried out
Adam Cherubini's version. Adam's saw didn't work very well and we thought it
was because the blade was too thin but we weren't sure. In making our frame
re-saw or veneer saw we began with a bit of research. We looked at plates in
Roubo and studied photos of saws in the Hay shop at Colonial Williamsburg, we
also looked at examples of Swedish saws available in our area. The saws all
seemed to be about the same size with slight variations on the hardware and
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Tue, 05/17/2011 - 13:10
I just finished teaching a workshop for the Des Moines Woodworkers
Association. What a nice group of guys and what great facilities they have
access to! The Seminar room behind the Woodsmith store is fantastic as is Bob
Saunders classroom space at his Prairie Rose Studio. There were eight students
building a small chest with two drawers.