With Every Ending There Is A New Beginning

The Logan Cabinet Shoppe, as it was.

You might have seen my post from a few weeks ago on my new workshop. Well, it is with mixed feelings today that I am officially closing down the Logan Cabinet Shoppe. This will be my official last blog post under that name.

Recently, my family and I have made the decision to pull up our roots and make a permanent move from Logan Township, NJ to southwest VA. It is somewhat bittersweet, because we have put so much work into our current home, and made so many great friends here, but we know that this is the best thing for our family going forward.

The official move will take place at the end of June, however, we have already started the process. Over Memorial weekend, I disassembled the shop, packed everything up, and we began moving south. So I won’t be doing any woodworking in the near term.

The good news is that I’ll be gaining a 340 sq. ft. standalone shop. The added space of the new shop will give me the opportunity to do some things that I’ve only dreamed about doing in my NJ shop. However, the building needs a bit of work before I can move in. So over the next few months, I’ll be rehabbing the shop and making it ready for the new projects that I have in mind. But for now, everything is simply stacked up in boxes and piles awaiting a new home.

The move also gives me an opportunity to build a new web site.  You can find Bob Rozaieski Fine Woodworking at brfinewoodworking.com.  I hope to continue my blogging over on the new site once I have the new workshop all set up.

Thanks for your support for all of the years I’ve been doing this!  See you from Virginia!

empty shop
“Savannah, fare you well…”


It’s the Bulge

Several people have emailed me pointing me to different places where I’m told I can buy the style of striking knife I just finished making.  To all of those people, I offer my sincere thanks. But the fact is that none of the commercially available knives are quite right. They all lack “the bulge”.

It’s not really evident in the knife I just made, because I simply got tired of filing metal away.  So the bulge on my knife is not very pronounced.  But it’s there, albeit not as deep or as shapely as I would like it to be. For reference again, here is the Smith’s Key knife.


Note how behind the knife blade, the shaft tapers in, then bulges out, then tapers down to the awl point.  Here’s a photo of Christopher Schwarz’s antique version.  Note the same bulge.


This bulge lifts the awl end off the bench, making the knife easier to pick up, and it makes it settle into the hand much nicer than a straight taper.  All of the other knives that I’ve found available commercially that are a similar style do not have the bulge.  They have a straight taper from the knife to the awl.

Here’s one I bought from the smiths at Williamsburg next to the one I just made. The Williamsburg knife has no bulge. In this overhead shot of my new one, you can see the slight bulge a little better.  It’s more noticable in the hand than it is by eye. Like I said, I would like it more pronounced (and I may someday grind it down some more), but I can feel the difference.


And the standard knives currently sold by John at Black Bear Forge. Again, straight taper (though I’m sure John can forge in a bulge, his standard knives just don’t have one).


And finally one from Woodcraft. Sorry, but this one is just plain ugly, and that knurling looks down right uncomfortable for long sessions marking out lots of joinery.


So thanks again for all the suggestions, but I’m still looking for a good commercially made example like the one in Smith’s Key with a nice round handle with “the bulge”. Though now that I’ve made one, I guess I can stop looking.

Smith’s Key Striking Knife

So I just finished a new striking knife based upon the one pictured in Smith’s Key.  I’ve made a lot of striking knives in the past, and used a bunch of different commercially available models as well. However, none have felt as nice to me in use as this one. Maybe it’s just because this one has been more work to make than any other knife I’ve ever made or used. But I don’t think so. Something about that swell just behind the tapered blade that just makes it fit the hand so well.

This is probably an easy tool for a blacksmith to forge, but for someone working from 1/4″ thick O1 stock and using nothing more than a hacksaw and file (and maybe a little help from a belt sander and grinder), it’s just plain tedious work.  Not the kind I enjoy either. But it was worth it. I love the look and feel of this knife. However, I won’t be making any more.

Someone out there needs to start making these again, though. Please!



T J McMaster & Co ¾” Bilection Molding Plane

This plane profile is sweet. I bought it on impulse several years ago because the plane was in such great condition and because the profile is extremely rare and hard to find. It’s a furniture sized bilection, sometimes called a bead and cove or ovolo and cove with fillet. The iron needed regrinding and reshaping, and I started that process, but I didn’t have the grinding points necessary to handle the fillet area that transitions the bead into the cove. So I put it aside. Well, I still don’t have the grinding points needed to regrind that transition area and these days I have so many other ongoing projects that I have neither the time nor the inclination to finish restoring this plane. Since I can make this profile with my set of hollows and rounds anyway, it will likely sit on my shelf for the rest of my days. I can’t stand to see a good tool like this sit unused on a shelf so hopefully someone with a Dremel and the appropriate mini grinding wheels and points will take this lonely beauty and put her back to work. The boxing is tight and intact save for one small chip shown in the pictures. Everything else is perfect. Just finish reshaping the iron and put her back to work. 

The price is $65 plus shipping. The plane is worth more than that and would likely fetch double that price or more from a reputable dealer. However, that’s what I paid for it so that’s what I’m selling it for. Please put it back to work and send me a picture of the pretty molding it makes. 



Carcass Saw For Sale

This is a saw that I made some years ago but never really used much. So I decided to offer it here for sale. If this saw were new, and up to my current standards in terms of appearance, I’d be charging $150 plus shipping for it. But it’s not new and has a couple of minor cosmetic flaws, so it’s been deeply discounted. Performance wise the saw is top notch. It just has a couple cosmetic blemishes that preclude me from asking full price. 

So here’s the details. The plate is 11″ long. It has 15 PPI. Brass split nut hardware and a bubinga handle. The handle has a little tearout here and there and one of the holes for the split nut is a little wonky. It’s still functional, I think it  was just drilled a bit off originally and then adjusted. You can see the wonky hole in the pictures below. It just doesn’t look perfect but the hole through the saw is fine and the screw holds tight. Like I said, just cosmetic. The steel back also has a couple of minor hammer dings from forming the back. Again, just minor cosmetic stuff but it brings the price down. 

The saw is currently filed rip but I can change it to crosscut if that’s what you want at no additional charge. The saw will be freshly sharpened and set before being shipped out. 

Price is $100, shipping included.



Logan Cabinet Shoppes?

I just returned from a week long “vacation” at our new home in the mountains of VA. I say vacation but there wasn’t much leisure involved. Just lots of cleaning, and we still haven’t finished. But we did manage to get some time to walk our 24 acres.  


I also had a little time to check this out.  

Compared to my current shop, this one is over 3 times larger. It needs work, but it will make a good project once the rest of the house is done. We just got back to NJ but I’m already anxious to get back to VA.