The tiny apartment shop is picking up steam. I’m preparing to build a sort of bowl-turning lathe of wood, and it’s become a very hands-on project. I made this saw vise so I can sharpen the saws I use to cut up the pieces. It’s sort of the japanese style of vise adapted for western saws and made of scraps.

I wanted a heavy full-sized workbench; lots of woodworkers say it’s the most important tool if using unpowered tools. I might agree, but I’ve never had one and definitely don’t have space in the 4’ by 8’ space that is my shop. I saw the planing beam in “Japanese Woodworking Tools”, what an awesome book.

I also wished I had a way to hold long stock without holdfasts. I came up with this wedged planing stop in a groove thing, it works really well. This beam might be even better than a bench–I can plane to thickness down to 1/8”, then joint the edges using the side rail, then dimension with a splitting gauge or rip saw, and then rabbet or plow without hardly having to move the stock. And it’s light enough to carry on my bike! It’s about 6’ long, with a straight-grained and well-behaved 4x4 for the guts and a 2” wide side rail screwed to it. Screwed so it’s removable for trueing.

Been trying to speed up the sharpening process. The closer I am to a stone, the more peaceful the work is. I hardly care what kind of stone I’ve got, as long as it’s near and watered. I arranged some diamond plates under my vise in the Paul Sellers style- when they wear out too soon I’ll probably replace them with some hard waterstones (like the green one)

Here are some scales and a sheath for a Hock marking knife. Machined the rivets of copper. I had been using a snap blade craft knife but was really curious if a single bevel would make for tidier work. It does, but only a small difference.

Lastly, unrelated, a helmet mirror made of an old hard drive platter, some scraps of metal, and a bicycle spoke:

The thumbscrew allows it to pivot up out of the way, or I can take it off when I go mountain biking.