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Going Galoot #3: Voices in your head . . . . they're not always evil

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Blog entry by JayT posted 01-19-2014 02:31 AM 831 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Shop’s log: January 18, 2014

There are days and then there are days . . . . . and sometimes you need to listen to the voices in your head.

Back to work on the plane till. Cut, flattened and smoothed a couple of panels, used the #45 to do a couple grooves and then needed to cut two dadoes. As I was loosening the screw for one of the nickers, a small voice in my head started to say “You might want to think about how you are doing this” when the screw fell, bounced off the bench, then my stomach, and on down. I heard it hit at least three more things before it ended up somewhere here:

Have you ever tried to find a 1/8in long machine screw in a bunch of plane shavings?
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Well, the only thing to do was to go over the floor and all the shavings with a magnet. 45 minutes, a couple false alarms and some divine intervention later, I heard a “click” while running the magnet over a dustpan full of sawdust and shavings and there it was.

Reassembled the #45 and back to work.

Kept pushing forward, but did have to go non-galoot on some things and used the table saw. I need a lot of practice before doing much hand sawing, both technique and sharpening. There is a saw till full of restoration projects just waiting for me to figure out how to bring them back to usable shape. Oh well, that’s a task for the future, we need to get back to the current project.

Matched up a pair of panels with the 604-1/2

Use the cordless router to make some stopped grooves and dadoes

and one of the last tasks for the day was to make a bevelled edge.

Not that long ago, I would have fired up the table saw, but now, in less time than it would have taken just to change the blade angle of the saw, the piece was scratched with the marking gauge and bevelled over with a #4.

The added bonus of doing it by hand is that there is no burning or sanding—the edge is finish ready off the plane.
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At the end of the day, a couple important parts of the plane till are in clamps and I should be able to make a bunch more progress tomorrow.
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But next time those voices pop up, you can be sure I will listen!

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835



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Don Broussard

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#1 posted 01-19-2014 03:11 AM

Nice write up, JayT. I liked the reference to the cordless router. Is that a 71? I’ll look for one tomorrow on my Sunday rust hunt.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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theoldfart

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#2 posted 01-19-2014 03:27 AM

Jay, nice save on the screw. I just bagged a Miller Falls 77 closed throat router on the bay, same as a 71 1/2. It should be here on Tuesday.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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JayT

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#3 posted 01-19-2014 03:38 AM

Yep, Don, it’s a 71. One of the later ones that was japanned instead of plated. I’d really like to find a fence for it, as well as a pointed cutter.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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#4 posted 01-19-2014 03:42 AM

Good thing you found the screw.

Great show! Nothing like beveling a board with hand planes, and with heavy shavings it goes very fast.

Love the 45 action to, I haven’t been brave enough to attempt cross grain work with mine but your results look pretty damn good.
beveling aboard with hand planes, and with heavy shavings it goes verry fast.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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shipwright

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#5 posted 01-19-2014 03:59 AM

Nice Jay, and a good find on the machine screw.
It makes me wish I could use a magnet on some of the tiny marquetry pieces that go astray under the chevalet.

You are more committed than I am and for that I salute you. I’m afraid my priorities lie in finishing more of my project ideas than I could accomplish in my lifetime with hand tools only. I am however committed to using them more in the finishing and detailing areas while getting the heavy lifting done with power.

Good for you.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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JayT

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#6 posted 01-19-2014 04:36 AM

Thanks, guys. The journey to galootness has been fraught with challenges, but is also a lot of fun and there have been no regrets.

Mauricio, this was the first time I’d done cross grain with the #45, though I’ve done it with a #78 before. It goes slower, but if the nickers are in good shape, will give very clean results.

Paul, I don’t know whether I am more committed or not. I don’t ever plan on going power tool and machinery free, but am finding more and more tasks that can be done faster with hand tools. My experience so far is that there is no time penalty for almost any job that is only getting done once. The place where machines save time is repeated tasks.

Another part of using more hand tools is working in a 110 sq ft shop—it just doesn’t leave room for much machinery. The one I need next, however, is a thickness planer. I can dimension lumber by hand, but it takes quite a bit of time and is tiring. I’m hoping once the plane till is done and the hand planes moved there, the space they are currently in can be used to store a lunch box planer.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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realcowtown_eric

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#7 posted 01-19-2014 04:58 AM

way to go buddy… now all you gotta do is get a cordless hammer!

BTW, none of the tools in yer pix are strangers in my shop(s)

Thiose and so many more….welcome to the slippery slope.

BTW, have you heard of the “oldtools listserver” been going strongon for 20 years since it spun off from rec.woodworkimg. Sustained by steadfast members, no ads, no pix only text and hyperlinks. No ads, no spam, cean sweet and simple oldtool chatter.

There are also about 20 years of archives out there on any item of galoot interest you can imagine and then some. Only steadfast rule, no power tool chatter whatsoever!

Eric

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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Don W

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#8 posted 01-19-2014 01:31 PM

JayT, the 45 screw story made me smile. I did the exact same thing not that long ago. I wonder how many times I’ve been on my hands and knees, with a flashlight and magnet. Another trick I’ve done is vacuum the floor, then clean the vacuum by grabbing a handful and dropping it in another container. I recently found one a bit larger that way. Plus part of my floor was sawdust free.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Don Broussard

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#9 posted 01-19-2014 04:44 PM

Based on your experience with the 45 slitter screw, I might pick up a sieve if I see one while I’m out this morning to sift through floor debris. BTW, good thing the screw was magnetic. You’d have been looking a while for an aluminum screw.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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JayT

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#10 posted 01-19-2014 06:39 PM

DonW, that was going to be the next step, if necessary. I was going to vacuum the floor and then drop one handful at a time into my magnetic parts dish, shake it around, dump and see what was stuck to the bottom.

I think I might buy a spare spur and screw from New Hampshire Plane Parts, just in case.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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