Saturday, November 14, 2015

The finished Azebiki

This is really embarrassing, showing this saw.

 the teeth are terrible, the stuff that only a depraved, twisted mind could produce,

or a teenager. 

I have to find a way to file better, my vise keeps moving around even when my toolbox is filled with hammers and my file-box. 

I also wish I had made it taller, I will get more material next time...I REALLY want to get a stockpile of this pine, it's so nice to work with. 

                                                                 “If only, if only," the woodpecker sighs,
                                                            "The bark on the tree was as soft as the skies."
                                                             While the wolf waits below, hungry and lonely,
                                                                                Crying to the moo-oo-oon,
                                                                                            "If only, If only.”


well, here was a cut I made at midnight. Spent maybe a minute on it including the 'layout' (Grabbing a piece of maple). It works pretty well on this pine mortising board (Doesn't everyone have a mortising board? Just a scrap on the floor that you put wood on to chop and mortise?)

Seems to work well here. If only half blind mortises in sugar maple was this easy. 

Next to my four inch combination square. 

And next to my bow saw. 

I oddly enough still use my bow saw very frequently, often because Japanese saws are fragile. And when you have some nasty-grained sugar/rock maple or hickory that is quite capable of bending your saw in half (That...totally...hasn't happened. And I totally didn't have to flatten it out and count my lucky stars it bent at the tang.), there is really nothing better suited than a 9tpi, stubby, rip tooth blade. 

Underneath is the maple beam I am attempting to plane flat after my disastrous attempt at hewing. I am glad this maple wasn't sugar, it is a red maple if I identified the tree correctly. Red maple is known as soft maple at the lumberyard, but that's a vague term; Rock maple applies to sugar maples and soft applies to everything else, if I recall correctly. 

Any ideas what I should do with these maple branches? Part of me really wants to build a good workbench and store it somewhere until I have room. It'd definitely be a real anarchist's workbench, not a Home Depot love song; a workbenmch of hand-hewn hickory and maple, felled by lightning in Northeastern storms. 

It would tell one hell of a story.