Woodworking in November

Last month, we discussed tools and woodworking at our Thursday meeting. Then, at our shop day, we practiced cutting dovetail joints by hand.

Our next shop day is Sunday, November 17th, from 10am to 2pm in Ishiyama’s shop. This shop day will be our long-awaited sharpening workshop. Learn to sharpen your chisels and knives by hand with a stone for better results on whatever materials you work. We’ll discuss jigs, papers, grinders, polishers, and strops; and do some “before and after” tests.

Our next planning meeting is on Thursday, November 21st, from 7pm to 9pm at the Oakland Panera. We’ll make some plans for our December shop day, as well as discuss what tools are on our “want” lists for the holidays. Coal is just a one element away from being high carbon steel!

WWG Shop Day – Build a Box

For the Woodworking Guild’s September Shop Day, we decided to do a make-and-take workshop. We’ll be making small handy boxes from boards.

A “six board” box of the type we will be making.

These boxes have rabbetted corners, and rabbetted lids. Learning what that means is part of the project! All cutting can be done on a table saw, and all the pieces can be cut from a 6-foot board. This project builds table saw skills and woodworking confidence. At the end of the day, you can take yours home with you to finish, decorate, or use as-is.

The shop day will be Sunday, September 15th from 10am to 2pm at Ishiyama’s shop (1105 Shady Avenue).

Please bring a 1x8x72″ (one by eight by six foot) pine “common board” with you. You don’t need to get “premium” or “select” board unless you want to spend more. You can get an 8-foot (96 inch) board if you want to try to avoid knots. If you can’t get to the hardware store to buy your own board, let me (woodworking at debatablelands dot org) know ahead of time and I can pick one up for you.

New Target Stands

Last Sunday (08.25) and the Sunday before that (08.18), the woodworking guild responded to a call for assistance from the archers of the Barony. Master Alaric provided the lumber, hardware, and instructions, and the woodworking guild provided the labor to build three new target stands for the Barony.

These are of the same design that the Debatable Lands has been using for many years, but without the dings and arrowheads some of the older ones contain. Captain of Archers Kathryn Tantzel says that with these extra stands, archery practice can now set up both the adult range and the youth range at the same time!

Many thanks to Master Alaric for providing the materials and plans. Thanks to Elss, Pavel, Tofi, and Dave for participating in the construction.

Woodworking at Practice Tomorrow

The archers of the Debatable Lands are in need of some new target stands! The Woodworking Guild has been asked to help out by building a few more new stands, and what better place to do that than at Archery Practice? last week, we succeeded in making 1 new stand! Now that we know what we are doing, we hope to make at least 2 more tomorrow.

We’ll be meeting up at the Washington Boulevard Practice site tomorrow (Sunday, 2019.08.25) at around 11am to take care of that. Bring some hands tools or cordless tools if you have them. We probably need saws, drills, drill bits, wrenches, sanders, clamps, tape measures, pencils, sockets, and the like.

See you tomorrow!

Woodworking Guild Fall Schedule

This past Thursday, the Woodworking Guild of the Debatable Lands had our last planning meeting of summer, to figure out what we were going to do for autumn. Here is the plan:

Planning Meetings

These meetings are weeknight evening meetings, for the purpose of deciding what we want to work on next and when we’re going to do it. They are (roughly speaking) the second-to-last Thursday of each month,
7pm to 8:30pm, at the Panera in Oakland.

  • September 19th, 2019
  • October 24th, 2019
  • November 21st, 2019
  • December 19th, 2019

Workshop Days

These meetings are on weekend days, for the purpose of making things. They are usually on Sunday, from 10am to 2pm, in Ishiyama’s shop (1105 Shady Avenue, 15232).

  • September 15th, 2019
  • October 27th, 2019
  • November 17th, 2019
  • December 8th, 2019

All dates, times, and locations are subject to change, of course, but those are the plans.

Woodworking Guild planning meeting tomorrow

Please join us tomorrow (Thursday, August 22nd) at 7pm at the Panera in Oakland (the one on the Boulevard of the Allies, the one that used to be a Howard Johnson’s) to help plan out meetings, projects, and workshop days for the autumn. Did you learn to make something cool at Pennsic? What would you love to learn to make now that Pennsic is over and you’ve seen ten thousand other peoples’ cool stuff? I hate to bring it up so early, when it isn’t even Labor Day yet, but this is the best time to start planning out what your winter holiday presents are going to be. Sit down with us, have some tea and a pastry, and talk it out. Bring your planners and calendars!

What was “the banner stand project”?

Now it can be told! Last year after Pennsic, Baroness Hilda asked Ishiyama if he would make silk banners for the Barony to gift to the other Baronies of Æthelmearc as favors for the “7 Pearls Dinner” at this year’s Pennsic War. These banners would also need stands and support poles. The stands and poles were a perfect way to enlist the help of the Woodworking Guild.

The Seven Pearls banners and their banner stands

The stands are made from 2×4 lumber, which keeps the costs down, but creates a little bit more work. Each is made from four identical legs and four identical cross-pieces, so mass-production of pieces sped the whole project along. Once you remove the support pole, the off-center hinge pin lets the stand fold flat for travel.

There are enough extra pieces left over that if you need one of these stands for your very own, just let the guild know and we can help you put one together.

Woodworking at Practice Tomorrow

The archers of the Debatable Lands are in need of some new target stands! The Woodworking Guild has been asked to help out by building a few more new stands, and what better place to do that than at Archery Practice?

We’ll be meeting up at the Washington Boulevard Practice site tomorrow (Sunday, 2019.08.18) at around 11am to take care of that. Bring some hands tools or cordless tools if you have them. We probably need saws, drills, drill bits, wrenches, sanders, and the like.

See you tomorrow!

Free “Roman Workbenches” PDF

Christopher Schwarz, now of his own publishing company, Lost Art Press, has decided to make his treatise on Roman Workbenches available as a free download.

https://lostartpress.files.wordpress.com/2019/07/roman-workbenches-1.pdf

His new book traces the history of workbenches forward through the end of the medieval period, so maybe check that out if you’re interested in that kind of thing.

Woodworking at Pennsic

The Honorable Lord Kai Saerprenn reports that he will be running his Intro to Woodworking series again this year at Pennsic. This set of classes takes you from raw logs (Really! He gets his materials from the firewood people at firewood prices.) to furniture by showing you all the tools used along the way (and how to sharpen them).

These classes are taught in THL Kai’s camp of Hus Faerhaga in N08, quite conveniently near the Barony’s camp.

Also in N08 are THL Otelia d’Alsace’s hand tool demonstrations, in the Barony of Thescorre encampment.

Lastly, in the main Pennsic University area, Sir Bedwyr will be demonstrating how to use a variety of of Eurpoean hand tools.

Check the Schedule for more information.