Learning from the Internet and antique repairs.

Learning from the Internet
Woodworking in general.
A discussion.

Hello fine friends and viewers!


Welcome, come on in and sit a spell.

I would like to talk about what works and what doesn’t work for me. As a child I learned from my grandfather and father. Many lessons were passed by word of mouth, example and school of hard knocks. Now we go online and try to find the answer. I believe this is truly a wonderful tool.
With that said, everything must be taken with a grain of sand. I have learned so much from the internet in the last few years. It is a wealth of information. When I have a problem I will go to trusted forums and just do general browsing for the answer. I look at all answers from professionals and hobbyist as well. You will get ten different answers. Some work and some do not. Pick what works for you. Always investigate your subject matter. There are some ideas that don’t work. A lot of people post what they have heard or seen and have not tried or tested it. Know your resources.


Now I would like to talk about tools and my beliefs.
Beautiful and wonderful works still exist today that were made centuries ago. There is a reason. These items were built well and constructed in such a way they have lasted through the centuries. I wonder how many Ikea items will be in a museum in a hundred years.


Lets just look at Japanese Shashimoto woodwork for an example. Part of the meaning of the word is with out metal fasteners. There must be a reason for this. There is wisdom in there style. The joinery is so well laid out and well executed that the same joinery has stood in buildings and temples that are, not centuries but millennium. They have with stood countless typhoons and earthquakes. Taking your time, precision and care of construction is the key. Not production rates.

I do use modern methods of joinery. I find I need jigs, toys and kids furniture that doesn’t need to be around very long.

Now I am fixing to get off in an area that makes for a good argument. Keep in mind this is my opinion.

To me the secret to good woodworking is planning, layout, and good sharp tool. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to have the latest and greatest tools and software. Don’t get me wrong I covet that fancy new chisel and .00001 thousands perfect square. I think we would all like to have a shop full of new widgets and gizmos. Man a shop full of Festool Lee valley and saw stop drooooool…
But in a real world we might not all be able to afford it.

ole tools

I decided in my return to wood working, to refurbish old tools. There is a lot to be said for the old tools that were produced in a time that the workingman could afford and were well made. Consider he had to earn a living from this. These tools were made of good design and good steel. A lot of the time a blacksmith heated and beat the iron and the craftsman finished the body. In the early times small tools sets were all that was used and required to do lasting a beautiful work. Look at hand planes alone. What did they use before sandpaper. An edge.


Through time I have slowly collected a few nice pieces new and old. If you get quality now it is expensive. You can still find these old tools to fit your needs. They were made by the millions.
But the best tool you have in your toolbox is your knowledge and experience. With these you can build anything. If you took and Indian and placed him in the wilderness he would start with a rock and before much time have food, shelter and clothing. All from the simple beginning of a stone. That speaks volumes for knowledge.

The Mother load of Planes

The Mother load of Planes

If you look back in time at the masters beginning you will find they started with small toolsets. And look at what they have done.
I do love all tools. Both hand and power. I do believe that the setup and use of hand tools is faster and a bit more precise than power tools. The human touch and eye can get much closer that and fine gauge or ruler. If you are in to mass production or making money the power tools make good sense. You set it up once and produce as many as you have the stock to build. I make one piece at a time for my pleasure. I am not into it for profit. To me that takes the fun out of it. I feel the hand tool gives a work piece warmth you can not reproduce with power tools. A simple procedure can be accomplished much faster with a smaller tools set.
With that said all tools have their place.
What is your toolset?
What are you trying to accomplish?
I like to think I am making heirlooms.
In my humble opinion.

Now in the words of Monty Python “Now for something totally different!”

This is a video blog and here is a bit of what I have been doing over the last few weeks.

I was approached with an antique curio secretary that had a bad accident. The top was broken off of it. All of the pieces were brought to me and I repaired it.

Thank you fine people for stopping in and reading my thoughts.

Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.

10 Responses to Learning from the Internet and antique repairs.

  1. JL7 says:

    Hey Dave…….another cool post, and a great save on the old desk, what a classic! I like the door stop trick, gotta remember that one……

    Those are some cool looking old planes you got there too!! Some look vaguely familiar……

    Glad you are getting the shop time, and always look forward to the posts…..

    Take care my friend..


    • David Bardin says:

      Hello Jeff!
      Yes those are some spiffy planes I got from a real cool guy.
      This rebuild was one of those deals….let just say I had to do it. It worked out I had a three day weekend and all is well.
      I hope all is well for you. Thank you for the post.
      Your friend

  2. DIYaholic says:

    Restoring “time tested” tools….
    To rehabilitate “time wearied” furniture….
    A very fitting path indeed.

    Taking good care of the beveled mirror was very prudent….
    Wouldn’t want you to suffer the consequences, had it shattered!!!

    Good to see that you are getting shop time.
    Hope you and yours are fairing well!!!

    Keep on keeping on….

    • David Bardin says:

      Hello Randy!
      Thank you for the kind words.
      The mirror was the hair raising part. When I had to put it back in and nail with a hammer within a half an inch. Well lets say i’m glad that part is over and done.
      Good to be in the shop a bit.
      I will keep the path!
      thank you for your time…..

  3. CFrye says:

    Dave, thank you for sharing your thoughts and the repair of this beautiful antique. I cringe when I see them painted, or worse, put out for the garbage truck. My tool set is growing faster than my knowledge of how to use them! I find, more and more, I do something ‘fast’ with a power tool then have to re-do it with hand tools. I hope to make heirlooms someday. I pray you and your family are well. God bless.

    • David Bardin says:

      My daughter asked me to paint an oak baby chair I found. I thought I was going to swallow my tounge.
      Candy the journey is so much fun to me. I love to get an idea and spend time asking how to preform the task to get me there. As I was repairing the piece I was thinking, I own the tools that produced this piece. So with that thought I can properly reproduce the broken and missing pieces. God bless Candy! Good luck on your journey.

  4. Thomas Tieffenbacher says:

    Just watched the video. I’m sure your friend will be happy with the results. Maybe another path? If so check out John T. Kirk an authority on American furniture. Been getting educated…LOL!

  5. Thomas Tieffenbacher says:


    It’s been awhile since you showed up on my email. LOL! Looks like you are moving down the road you chose to travel when you left “Super Dave” behind? I have been watching you on my Smarter than me TV and it has no comment button…LOL! Looks like you are refining your Web Page as well.

    I have re-purposed some ebay planes, added some dust collection refinements to my power tools and I am in my “Bucket List” Such as a mobile workbench that I re-purposed from one I had attached to my shop wall. Shop space is shrinking?

    I am out of my “great furniture maker” delusion but I am going to make what is floating around in my brain,

    As soon as it gets warm again consistently above zero I will attempt chain saw milling on a small scale.

    Keep on your path!

    Tom/aka DocSavage45

    • David Bardin says:

      Doc you found me!
      I did revamp the page. It was getting tired looking.
      Yes the space is. I either need to sell some tools or stop putting large pieces of furniture in it.
      Chainsaw milling. Hmmmmmmm that sounds fun. I wished I had the space to season the wood.
      Thank u sir!

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