Category Archives: Nuts and Bolts

Log Lifting Arch

Well, have I been having a lot of fun over the last few weeks here at the ol’ Bronze Oak Leaf Shop.  I dusted off the welder, invited up a friend, and turned out a well-made and extremely useful tool.  … Continue reading

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Bronze Oak Leaf Down!

I know I haven’t blogged in a while, but have I got a story for you. After a sudden, inexplicable, and super-scary health issue, I’ve been given at least a month off work.  I know; what’s the problem with that? … Continue reading

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The “Iron Oak Leaf”?

  Well, how do I begin?  This is not sawdust. No matter how much I try, I just can’t get away from the “greasemonkey” side of The Bronze Oak Leaf.  And even when the work is fun, I still get dirty. … Continue reading

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Wasting Wood

  Perish the thought. We don’t waste anything here at the Bronze Oak Leaf. This was a fun little project I conceived when I saw this plank come off the top of a red oak log I was having sawed. … Continue reading

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Traditional Tool Chest build

  Well, I finished the tool chest 100%, and am I pleased with what I have. First, the cart: I built this chest smaller because I didn’t want to give up the floor space.  Well, it turns out I don’t … Continue reading

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Traditional Tool Chest

Well, I feel like I just gave birth.  I’ve been working on this since before Christmas, and I finally just filled it up with tools. I’m intentionally not calling it an Anarchist’s Tool Chest, but truthfully, if you don’t live … Continue reading

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Tear-Out II: Bronze Oak Leaf’s Bane

A long time ago; in a galaxy far, far away. . . . . . I wrote about grain direction, tear-out, something about an epiphany; blah, blah, blah. Well, I’ve finally decided to finish my musings on how I learned … Continue reading

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Dovetails

I know I said I’d talk about grain direction next, but, obviously I’ve been a little distracted. I figured the best thing I could do to bridge the gap between now and the time I actually do write about grain … Continue reading

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Tear-out and Grain Direction

I know what you’re thinking; “All these quotes from his Pappy and his wise old friends are just colorful metaphor”.  “He probably never cut down a tree in his life.”  “I doubt he really swears at his handplanes.” Well, I’m … Continue reading

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Dehumidifier Kiln: Part Deux

**Full Disclosure**–I have recently heard from Daren Nelson, the original designer of this kiln.  He was not happy with my “ample deference and credit” to him for the design of this kiln.  I contacted him and had a nice 42+ … Continue reading

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