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Blog entry by Betsy posted 10-16-2007 04:25 AM 913 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Second chance to make shavings tonight. Have definetly discovered a few things:

1) if you intend to plane it make sure its clamped good and sturdy. If not clamped don’t try it.

2) body position is everything. I tried several different stances and just a couple of inches of difference in stance width made a big difference. To far apart and I tip over at the end of my stroke, to close together and I end up pushing down on the plane’s toe to hard at the end of my stroke——makes for less than a smooth cut.

3) Just like a hand scraper – if you are making dust – it’s time to sharpen.

4) Good light makes your “my cutter is skewed in the body” troughs show up very well.

5) skewing a block plane at a slight angle really does work.

6) sure is not as easy as it looks in the books – but sure if fun!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine



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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 10-16-2007 04:29 AM

Betsy, get the light low so you can see across the surface. This will show up all kinds of problems. I like to plane toward a window. Don’t overdo the thinking about this, it ain’t rocket science. Just feel as you go and let your eye and hands tell you what to do. That may be something Zen’ish or…...................

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 10-16-2007 04:41 AM

Thomas – You have windows in your shop??? What a concept. I actually do have a window but the bushes are so high that the light does not get in. I don’t want to cut down the bushes since they are sticky holly bushes that certainly keeps the rifraf out. I pretty much work in a dungeon. But once I can get back on a ladder I plan to put in a few more lights.

One more thing I learned tonight——- there’s no way to keep wood shavings in the shop—they will follow you everywhere you go in the house!!!! They are worse than sawdust.

thanks for reading my blog. And keep up the advice——appreciate all the tidbits I can get.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 10-16-2007 04:43 AM

Sounds like your having fun. Looking forward to the next installment.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 10-16-2007 05:26 AM

it’s funny how things change. A few months ago when I’d see someone using a hand plane I would think “what’s wrong with them, don’t they know they have power tools to do that”. Well, thanks to Wayne and Tom, I’ve come to understand why people use hand planes – at least I’m beginning to understand. I haven’t mastered it yet, but what a rush when that wood wisks off in curls!

I sure hope nobody starts talking about how much fun hand saws are – I ain’t buying that one :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#5 posted 10-16-2007 05:31 AM

Betsy,You don’t need bright light , just a light source. Put out the overhead light and then look at the board with the light from the window. You will very quickly be able to see the suface as it really is. A trick from our forefathers.

Oh and Bill, I’ve got this really neat Diston cross cut saw. I use it when I need to trim table tops true and square. You just can’t believe what a rush that is!!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 10-16-2007 05:43 AM

my big thing right now is to just get a feel for the tool. In my day job I very seldom use a tool heavier than a ballpoint pen so I have the feel for that. In fact I’m so good in the pen department at work – they’ve given me two with which to play. ;- 0 I’d like to think that a few more hours with this one plane will convicne me to get a seond. What do you think my chances are?

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#7 posted 10-16-2007 05:49 AM

The magic 8 ball says your chances are good…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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