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April 27, 2013

Hand Forged Glue Scraper

Filed under: Clamping,Of Interest,Proper Tools,Scrapers,Techniques,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 11:38 am

Master Blacksmith Mark Schramm made this specialty glue scraper for a friend that makes wooden blanks for snowboards and skies.  He has a rack of specialized bar clamps to clamp the blanks of aspen together.  In the coarse of gluing the pipes get covered with glue, making alignment of the boards difficult, so he needed a solution.

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My friend and his young son that he is teaching to turn made the handle and used a piece of copper pipe for the ferrule and the wood came from a pallet.  The blade is made to fit the curve of the pipes and makes quick work of the dried glue.

Nice work Mark.


April 23, 2013

L, F & C Cast Iron Glue Pot and Hide Glue Book for Sale

Not to be confused with a cast iron ink well, this is actually a double boiler glue pot from Landers, Frary & Clark.  This particular glue pot is the very one illustrated on Page 30 of Hide Glue – Historical & Practical Applications, a signed and annotated copy of the book which will be included in the purchase price.  One of a kind, so to speak.


I thought I would give people who follow my blog the first chance at this before I list it at an auction site.  The glue pot I am selling does have a missing lifting handle on the lid and some rusting.  I am in the process of cleaning my other one and it is a nightmare which I will discuss later on this blog.

This is a collector’s item, but it is also a usable glue pot that has served me well for several years.

The price is $150.00  plus $15.00 Domestic Shipping or $30.00 International Shipping for the glue pot and book.  Gnomon is for scale only and is not for sale.  If you are interested it will go to the first person sending me an email at stephen@fullchisel.com.


April 13, 2013

It is a Glue Pot, not a Cast Iron Ink Well

Went with a friend yesterday to a local Antique Mall and had not intended to make a purchase.  I did examine a pair of scissor type candle wick trimmer but determined it was plate and had a couple of missing feet, a nice trimmer none the less.  I passed.

I finished going through the booths and was waiting on my friend when I spotted the little lidded cast iron glue pot in a locked glass case.  I couldn’t see the price tag, so I had one of the people open the cabinet.


Still a little old hide glue left in the bottom of the pot.  There is some remnants of tinning on the inside of the glue pot itself.  The water jacket has some surface rust but no pitting.


It was a little pricey, did get 10% off the tagged price, but I couldn’t get any more off even when I told them it wasn’t a ‘cast iron ink well’ as marked.  But this one is the first one I have seen [I have only seen 2 in person and 2 or 3 more photographs] that had its delicate opening handle on the lid.  All I have seen and the one I already own have the handle broken off.


I believe that it is marked L,F & C, although the last letter may be a G.

I do plan on selling my old one, the very one featured in Hide Glue – Historical & Practical Applications I will be offering it for sale with a copy of the book.

The best source of reliable ground hide glue in various gram strengths is Tools for Working Wood.



April 9, 2013

Vise upgrade

Filed under: Clamping,Historical Material,Of Interest,Proper Tools,Techniques,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 11:13 am

I built this particular vise back in 2002 and it has been in constant use since that time.  The photograph below was taken in 2005 and it had seen some use since then and was in need of an upgrade.

I used a toothing plane to smooth off the saw marks, chisel marks, etc that had marked up the top of the maple chops.  I then used a card scraper to remove the toothing marks and the surface was ready for the upgrade.

vise update

Using my one inch ruler punch I marked off a ruler a little over 5″ in length on the top edge.  I first used a cold chisel to mark the one inch marks, then used the punch to fill in.   I then used my old number punches to mark the increments. [I didn’t think I needed to include the gnomon on this picture.

I should have done this when I first built the vise as I have already found it to be very helpful.


April 7, 2013

Felibien Iron Bar Clamp

Although I am not sure how to pronounce the name, he is a precursor of Roubo and published his work on Architecture [slightly misleading name] in 1690!  This style of clamp keeps getting older and older.  The link is a pdf of his book, which is written in old French but the pictures are in English.


This is the second pair order and will be shipped out in the morning.  I also used my bow saw to enlarge the notches in my clamp extension for my personal clamp.

iron bar clamps and extension

Clamps can be ordered here.  Contact me by email if you desire longer sizes.



April 2, 2013

Polychrome American Spinning Wheel

Filed under: For Sale or Trade,Historical Material,Of Interest,Restoration,Spinning Wheel — Stephen Shepherd @ 9:51 am

polychrome wheel1This one sets a record.  The last spinning wheel [See Montana Spinning Wheel] I had in my shop was there for about 15 months, a couple of months for the repairs and over a year in storage.  This one I purchased [from a friend at the Fort Buenaventura Rendezvous, of all places] on Saturday, made a phone call, did the repairs and it was sold on Monday.  I would have posted this yesterday but no one would believe the story.

I was contacted last week by a local who asked if I had any spinning wheels for sale, I told him I had one damaged one but the replacement parts and restoration would make it expensive.  Then at a Mountain Man Rendezvous I found this one and bought it on speculation.  Upon returning I made a call, they came by on Monday and made the purchase.

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I did have to replace the flyer bearings as the eye bolts/screws didn’t seem appropriate, I used quebracho bark tanned leather, very durable stuff.  I also had to replace a couple of wedges, repair a small crack in the whorl and make a replacement pitman, yet another wire pitman is replaced [I am getting a good collection of old wire].

This wheel is probably from the New England area, the base, treadle and wheel are made of quarter sawn white oak, the turnings are of birch, the washer on the maiden is sycamore and one replacement piece on the distaff is cherry.  The distaff itself is made from a hickory sapling with an unusual walnut finial.  The wheel is in remarkable condition considering its age [ca 1820-30] and when I was taking photographs I noticed the multi colors used in decorating.  There are red bands in the middle of most of the turnings with black bands on the ends.

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I think the flyer, whorl and bobbin are from another wheel, the hooks are all on one side and they are looped toward the spinner not toward the bobbin which I found unusual.  The detail on the flyer is excellent.

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I measured the growth rings of the quarter sawn white oak base to about 28 rings per inch, definitely old growth, a modern piece of oak on my table has 4 rings per inch.

Fun and quick project.


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