Making a Penn spice cabinet using mostly hand tools. #8: #8 Return of the Jedi......

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 03-28-2012 12:02 AM 2663 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It has been close to 5 months since my last post, and thats not because I have been lazy. Its been 5 months because I have not touched this project in almost 5 months. But I am so happy to finally be back working on it. The last 5 months have brought about job changes, family crisis’, multiple commissions and a ton of everything else to take away my time to work on my personal project.

I had left off with the carcass dry assembled, and I had finished making the drawer blades out of the secondary wood and finalizing my drawer configuration. I am now at the point where I need to make the front part of the drawer blades out of maple. Way back when I started the project, I used a bandsaw to rough out some thinner stock that I knew I was going to use for this purpose. But like I said, rough. It was about 3/8 to just under 1/2. So it all needed to be planed down so it fit into the grooves in the carcass.

I started with my smoothing plane with a toothed blade (I dont have a toothed blade for the jack plane)

After a few passes with that I switched to the jack plane with a regular blade and took away the tooth marks.

I repeated this process until I had a snug fit.

I have only done these three, because they are the only three that span from one side of the carcass to the other, now it is time to make v-grooves and fit the rest of the vertical and horizontal blades.

I want to thank everyone for following along and for your patience. I hope to have the next few steps done in the following days.


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#1 posted 03-28-2012 12:31 AM

thats some serious looking lumber you got there, and to work with hand tools on it … impressive. Glad to see youre back at it.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 03-28-2012 03:27 AM

how do you like the low angle jack? is it better to have than a regular jack? ( bevel up )

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#3 posted 03-28-2012 03:47 AM

I love my low angle planes. I like that there is no frog, no chip breaker, adjustments are super easy, multiple blades for every occasion, machined sides so the low angle works awesome on shooting boards/end grain, taking the blade in and out is a snap,

As far as it being ‘better’ than a standard angle jack plane…. thats a very loaded question and with it can come some seriously heated debating. There are too many factors involved to give a real answer. If you are thinking of buying a jack, and cant decide between the two then you need to ask yourself some questions first. What are you using for? What kind of material are you primarily going to be using? Are you going to using it on a shooting board? Ect, ect. But overall… in my opinion, if you are going to buy one plane… this would be the one that I would strongly suggest.

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#4 posted 11-08-2012 04:02 AM

This is quite the project. What is the purpose of the toothed blade in the smoothing plane? Does it make working the curly maple grain easier without tearing out? You’re making me want a full set of Veritas planes :) .

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#5 posted 11-08-2012 04:51 AM

The toothed blades take small strips of shavings. The process is to go with the grain and then across the gain creating a cross hatch pattern. Then switching back to a standard plane blade to remove the cross hatch. Yes, the toothed blades are specifially for crazy grained stuff such as this kind of maple to eliminate tear out. Since this post, I bought the small BU smoothing plane, and I also bought the 50° blade with it as well. That blade is really nice with crazy grain as well, plus you dont have to switch planes or blades. I also think that I am going to replace my jack plane blade with a PMV-11 blade.

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