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    Default Hand Tools My Best Work!

    This is a request to see some of your best work, using mainly hand tools.
    I'm not saying that power can't be used, just kept to a minimum.

    With so many amazing power tools out there, a lot of the old hand tools seem to be ending up in collections and not on work bench's.
    I love working with hand tools, I find it far more satisfying than using the powered verity all the time.
    I'm not about to say I don't use power tools, I just try to keep it to a minimum.

    I'm not even suggesting in any way that the skill of the craftsman is being over shadowed by power tools.
    But sometimes its nice to see what can be done using more simple hand tools.
    Without the need for lathes, routers or haven forbid a CNC machine.

    I'd like to think that my work is pretty much handmade.
    So in the category of "Handmade minimal power usage as my best work".
    I'd put forward my 2/3 scale Ariel Motorcycle and sidecar.

    The power tools I did use were:
    For the timber segments, a band saw and drill.
    For the metal components, a wielder and a griding wheel.

    All the rest was done with hand tools.

    Ariel 1.jpg Ariel 2.jpg

    a11.jpg Ariel 3.jpg

    I maybe wrong but I don't think I own a hand tool made after the 1950's.
    Most of them are hand me downs for my Dad and Grandfather (as it should be).

    The parts made from wood for the Motorcycle and Sidecar are:
    The engine, carburetor, magneto, gearbox, petrol tank, seat, toll box, fishtail, saddlebags and all of the upper section of the sidecar.
    The rest is recycled materials from around the house and the local landfill.

    I'd really like to see a few photos of your best work, its just great seeing the amazing skill that's out there!
    It makes me wont to do more and try harder!

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    Do less and don't try so hard! You're making it impossible for amateur hacks like me. Work like yours shows up anything I've done as ham-fisted and pedestrian at best. I'd be demoralised if I wasn't so impressed.

    I'll pull up a chair though because I'm sure there's some gold to come from some of the others.

    Thanks for sharing!
    ...I'll just make the other bits smaller.

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    I'm impressed! Just to clarify, u built the whole thing, or did u restore an existing one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnredl View Post
    Just to clarify, u built the whole thing, or did u restore an existing one?

    The Ariel is basically a 2/3 scale model.
    The only parts of it that are real (so to speak) are the wheels, their off a couple of bicycles from the local recycling centre.
    The frames for the motorcycle and sidecar are made from old water pipe.
    All the rest is made from mainly wood.
    But some of the parts are made from things you can find around the house!
    All good fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repliconics View Post
    The Ariel is basically a 2/3 scale model.
    The only parts of it that are real (so to speak) are the wheels, their off a couple of bicycles from the local recycling centre.
    The frames for the motorcycle and sidecar are made from old water pipe.
    All the rest is made from mainly wood.
    But some of the parts are made from things you can find around the house!
    All good fun.
    Wow, that's great. Good work

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    great work

    I don't have anything up to that standard

    ammaking something at the moment which I'll post in a week or so

    and some of the hand tools I'm using are less then 6 months old
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sawdust Maker View Post
    some of the hand tools I'm using are less then 6 months old
    I'm happy to swap u for some old ones if it'll help u out

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnredl View Post
    I'm happy to swap u for some old ones if it'll help u out
    Thanks

    that's what I like about this forum - members offering to help other members out
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    Made this one a while ago 100% Hand Tool and human energy.
    Took 3 days from woe to go.

    Timber Qld Walnut one piece.

    Tools used.:
    Scrub Plane
    Winding Sticks
    Stanley #4
    Stanley #7
    Spokeshave
    Variety of Chisels, Bevel and Carving
    Card Scraper
    Mallet
    Tenon Saw
    Coping Saw
    Cross Cut Saw
    File and Rasp
    Sliding Bevel
    Pencil & Compass
    Finish was Raw Linseed Oil


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    Steve,
    Thats the go.
    Beautiful! and all the other words that just don't come close.
    Love the detailing and peg work on the stretcher.
    Any chance of a close-up.
    The hole thing has talent written all over it.
    Beautiful, Beautiful work my freind!

    Trevor.

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    Thanks to all for a great thread.
    I shall never be able to do anything like these pieces.
    Might take up just sitting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old farmer View Post
    Thanks to all for a great thread.
    I shall never be able to do anything like these pieces.
    Might take up just sitting!

    I'm a country boy, and I've never met a farmer I didn't like!
    Down to earth people with amazing practical skills for problem solving, and the drive to get the job done.
    I bet you know a hundred ways to skin a cat, and if you give it some more thought would have fifty more by tea time.
    The only down side is for some reason you guy's never seem to be happy with the weather!
    Thanks mate.

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    There are many better craftsmen than me on the forum and I hope that they share their work.
    Here is a piece that I finished last year that was made predominantly with hand tools.
    You can see the whole build process here:
    Elegant Jelly Cabinet
    The build was in 10 parts so too long to show here - check the link if you would like to see more.
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    Thank You, mate. Very grateful, Bill.

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    Great thread, heres a peice I made last year, some electrons were used initially but 90% of the work was done by hand.


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