Hand Tools doings #23: Plane fun

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 05-26-2008 06:32 AM 1309 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was digging around the garage earlier today and found a cutting board project that I did last Christmas that did not turn out so good. I put it aside because I just could not bring myself to throw away the wood. We all have those projects laying around.

Tonight after dinner I decided to give the planes a try to see if I could straighten this board out and flatten it.

I still need to a do a bit on the flattening – but I’ll save that for tomorrow when I have time to sharpen again and reset the plane. But here are the edges——I think I did ok.

This first picture shows a large tear out on the side.


This next picture shows where the ends of each strip does not align.


Taking light cuts the tear out on the left side took about 40 passes and the other side about 20.



I’ll finish flattening it tomorrow and I think I’ll put this away as a Christmas present for this coming year!

I’m just having to much fun with this hand tool stuff.

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

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 05-26-2008 12:36 PM

Good job, Betsy. That looks pretty good. I am glad to see that you are having fun because that really what is important.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Al Navas

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#2 posted 05-26-2008 01:55 PM


Just HOW cool is THAT??? I am also having fun with the hand tools, and trying to improve a little every day. Glad you were able to salvage this board, thanks to hand tools.

-- Al Navas, Country Club, MO,

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#3 posted 05-26-2008 04:10 PM

thats cool betsy, i love it when you try something and just can’t figure it out but then come back later and are able to do it. It gives such a sense of satisfaction. especially with hand tools. thanks for the post and keep up the great work!

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#4 posted 05-29-2008 05:56 PM

It’s hard to beat the feeling you get from working with well tuned hand tools.
Nice work!

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#5 posted 06-21-2008 02:13 AM

thanks guys!

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

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