Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Tue, 01/05/2010 - 10:03
Some things show up once in a blue moon. I ordered my saw vise from Tools
For Working Wood at the WIA conference in Valley Forge in the beginning of
October. Since I had ordered the vise pre-production I didn't expect it right
away. On December 31st my patience was rewarded. Since there was a full moon
that night, the second full moon of the month, I am calling this my „Blue
Moon“ saw vise. The vise comes unpainted and Joel recommends oiling and waxing
it but I opted to paint mine with a Rustoleum brand hammered metal finish in
dark bronze. The vise also comes unhandled, I made a quick handle out of a
piece of 1/2 inch pvc pipe that I heated and flattened in my bench vise and
pressed on to the saw vise. I mounted my vise onto a board and I clamp it in
the bench vise when I file. I am very pleased with the way the vise looks and
works, it holds the saws tightly and at 14 inches long I only have to move my
26 inch saws once. While I was waiting for my vise to show up a neighbor gave
me an old Wentworth that he didn't use, you can see the two vises are related in
how they work. The Wentworth was a little loose so I made a leather sleeve to
mount on the back jaw which took up the slack. I just sewed a pocket in each
end of the leather and slipped it over the rear jaw. Saw filing has never been
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Sat, 12/26/2009 - 16:56
When My 15 year old Daughter asked me what I would like for Christmas
I told her I wanted a Froe. I let her know that I had won one on E-bay and
that she could pay for it if that is what she wanted to give me. Being a curious
child she went to her computer to find out what this thing was that her father
wanted. She went to Google and typed in „Fro“. The rest of this post is her
„letter“ to me.
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Sat, 12/12/2009 - 22:05
It is fun to see other people using the split bench top since Dean and
I explored it initially back in December of 2008. Bob Lang adapted aspects of
it onto his bench and Jameel from Benchcrafted has really ran with it. Here is
Jim Tolpin's version.
Submitted by Mike Siemsen on Fri, 12/11/2009 - 21:05
There has been some recent discussion on the Old Tools Listserv about storage
of tools and materials. Here are some photos of different methods I use for
storage. I did not clean the shop prior to the photos so you can see real life
examples. Feel free to send me photos of your storage ideas.
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