Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Mon, 09/28/2009 - 21:12
Sorry I haven't posted in so long. Since the great fun we had at WIA in St.
Charles, IL I have been busy getting ready for a class here at Mike
Siemsen's School of Woodworking with Garrett Hack. I just finished building
two more benches today. I have also recently built a base for a vintage top and
rebuilt a bench that I built over 19 years ago, lowering it to 34" from 42"
and removing the Record and Emmert iron vises and fitting it with wooden vises
of my own making. I hope Garrett likes working at it. It is
96 inches long.
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Sat, 07/18/2009 - 21:11
There are six events in the upcoming Hand Tool Olympics to be held during the
WIA Conference in St. Charles. I will explain the events so that you will know
what to expect and you can practice if you wish. The tools pictured are not the
tools you will use but are representative of them. All of the lumber used will
be clear pine, no knots!
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Fri, 06/12/2009 - 21:53
I have been busy working with Glen Huey of Popular Woodworking on designing
a Woodworking Olympics for the Woodworking in America Conference in St. Charles,
Illinois.The conference takes place on August 14–16. We have come up with
several fun events, a couple of which involve sawing. I am donating some saws
so I have been busy rebuilding several handsaws to use during the competition
and then award as prizes. They will be fine tuned and sharpened by Mark Harrell
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Mon, 05/25/2009 - 20:53
No man is an island
No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Mon, 04/20/2009 - 22:06
I spray a lot of my finishes, stains, dyes, lacquer and shellac all go
through guns in my makeshift spray booth. I use an inexpensive Harbor Freight
HVLP conversion gun (item # 43430) which I was happy enough with until I was
introduced to a new product at a Minnesota Woodworkers Guild Meeting. The PPS
system made my old cup obsolete. My gun is still good to go with the addition of
an adapter provided by John Zoia, the 3M rep.
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Sat, 02/14/2009 - 22:39
During the course of the Windsor chair class we needed to make some 11/16
round tenons on the bow for the back of the chair. We decided to tune up some
hollow augers and give them a try. You start with a spoke pointer (also called a
fore auger), a cone shaped device that shapes the end of a square piece of wood
to a cone. This gives you a round place to start your hollow auger from. Then
turning the auger the same way as you would a regular auger bit you make a round
tenon. The cutter at the end of the auger works somewhat like a block plane on
end grain. We tried out a couple of different ones we had on hand. I find these
an interesting tool. At one time they were fairly common because every wheel had
wooden spokes in it.
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Sat, 02/14/2009 - 21:14
The next two weekends found us shaping seats and spindles, drilling holes in
the seat and putting in legs, bows and spindles. Let it suffice to say there are
many holes in a chair set at odd angles and not a square place to measure from!
There are several tricks, some involving lasers and mirrors and others just good
old eyeballing to get the job done. Once the parts were glued and wedged in
place the chair became a ridgid, strong and beautiful structure. I must admit
that I got so involved in making the chair that I forgot to photograph on the