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Extremely Average #155: Working with my hand planes...

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Blog entry by Ecocandle posted 1510 days ago 728 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 154: Nothing to see here... Part 155 of Extremely Average series Part 156: Brain Games and Planing »

Hello LJ’s,

Today’s post is much better than the horrible drivel I put up yesterday. I am still practicing dovetails, but the regular readers will be thrilled to know, I didn’t talk about them at all in the post. Tonight’s post is about my attempt at taking a piece of twisted, rough cut, walnut and making it flat. This is my first try at such a task. Before I started I had a hard time imagining how one would do it. Now I can almost see that it is possible, with much more practice, a great understanding of reading the grain, and lots more practice. The point is that I feel much less confused than I was yesterday. I included a picture with the rough cut board, next to the one I have been working on. It is amazing how much the look of wood changes when the rough face is removed.

http://bit.ly/cS6f2E

Brian

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com



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swirt

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#1 posted 1509 days ago

Another galoot is born. :)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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canadianchips

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#2 posted 1509 days ago

Hey Brian. Thanks for throwing in a little metric for us Canadian woodworking SAPS (PUN). Swirt gave you some good advice on your link. Use a scrub plane, I generally go 45 degree’s to the grain, then do another pass 90 degrees to the first pass. This will leave you with a checkerboard pattern of bumps. Take your # 8,#7 or #6 plane and run it with the grain. (These all have long soles to get your board true) A #5 is okay…........Once you have the board to desired thickness, then use your #4 1/2 to smooth it out. Final touch will be your scraper ! Your board will now be smoother than babies bottom.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 1509 days ago

Canadianchips,

Yes, i agree that Swirt gave me some great tips, as did you just now. At this juncture, I only have a Stanley 110, 220, 4 1/2, 5, and a shoulder plane made by the guy who sold me the 4 1/2 and 5. I can assure you that they are not my last plane purchases. The scrub plane is the next on my wish list. I love this stuff!!!

Brian

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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