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Blog series by Betsy updated 06-19-2008 02:49 AM 3 parts 28956 reads 27 comments total

Part 1: Setting up a hand plane

05-26-2008 01:04 AM by Betsy | 7 comments »

So here’s my first installment of some of the various tidbits I learned at Kelly Mehler’s hand tool class this past week. Hopefully I will do justice to what I was taught. As disclaimers are becoming popular—- here’s mine—- this works for me! Setting up a hand plane is not so hard once you do it a time or two, or twenty or forty. But it is doable. I’m skipping the sharpening information right now and going straight to set up. So I am going to assume a...

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Part 2: Making your own dowels

05-27-2008 12:03 AM by Betsy | 8 comments »

Well I’m still pretty tuckered out from my vacation drive home so I’m only puttering around today. But one of the things I need to do is make pegs for my cutting board we made in class. The tenons are to be draw bored and for that you need a peg. So I’ve been messing around with making pegs/dowels today. The first thing is that you can make a dowel from any type of wood. The straighter the grain the better. If your grain is not straight it will still work, but you should ...

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Part 3: Got my planes today!

06-19-2008 02:49 AM by Betsy | 12 comments »

Well, I finally have a really good tool gloat. I ordered these planes from Lie Nielson while I was at Kelly’s school. This is the 62 low angle jack plane. This is the plane that I’ve really looked forward to getting. It’s the 102 iron low angle block plane. This plane is small, light, but sturdy. The best thing though is that it fits my hand very nicely. When you have small hands and do small projects, it’s nice to find a good quality tool that ...

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