Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
One down ...

Derek Cohen (in Perth, Australia)
So now i am interested in building Windsor chairs, starting with three bar stools for the kitchen bench. First I need the tools. I decided to make a few, starting with this travisher ...

Thanks to Pete Galbert (for the supporting emails) and Claire Minahan (for the video and emails). Claire has a video building Pete's design. She makes and sells these now. The video was made a few years ago, before the design was updated with a brass sole (rather, it used an ebony sole, which necessitated a slightly wider body). I chose to built it with the brass sole, which is where the extra emails came in.

The blade is O1, bent, heat-treated and tempered in my shop. The timber is She-oak.

Front ...

Back ...

Sole and blade ...

I tried it across pine grain ...

It was hard to stop :)

It works the same on hard maple. Forward pressure = light shavings. Back pressure = heavy shavings.

Regards from Perth

Derek

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