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Blog series by Kent Shepherd updated 1049 days ago 12 parts 30425 reads 189 comments total

Part 1: The Journey Begins

1713 days ago by Kent Shepherd | 21 comments »

stefang offered a challenge the other day for us to create a blog on hand tool use. That was good timing, because it’s been on my mind for some time now. This will be a series in several parts—I don’t yet know how many. If you are lucky, I will have the sense to know when to quit. If not—Well, I suppose you may stop reading and go do something worthwhile—Like work in your shop. I hope you stick around. As I’ve stated before, I grew up working in my Dad...

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Part 2: Hand Plane Use

1701 days ago by Kent Shepherd | 9 comments »

In part one of this series I showed you many of the hand tools I have accumulated over the years. I guess having fantastic tools doesn’t mean much if you never use them. To be honest, I owned several of mine long before I really knew how to properly tune-up, sharpen, or use them. I guess having my Bridge City planes kinda of spoiled me, because they were so good from the box, I needed no skill to set them up or sharpen them. Then I bought a Leigh-Nielson low angle block plane. It too ne...

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Part 3: Wood Moulding Plane --Set-Up

1700 days ago by Kent Shepherd | 9 comments »

Last time I showed a wooden moulding plane I have. Now I want to share how I tuned it up. Keep in mind, while I am a professional woodworker, I am not a long time experienced plane user. I have seen some guys doing videos that really know their stuff. I have seen other guys do videos that think they know their stuff. I simply want to share what has worked for me in my short career in hand plane use. Since I don’t have a video camera, this will have to do for now. First, I disassemble...

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Part 4: Moulding Plane Set-up; Part Two

1695 days ago by Kent Shepherd | 7 comments »

Last time we were about to reassemble the plane after sharpening. if you have ever set-up and used any wooden plane, you’ll find the principal is the same for a moulding plane. The only real difference is sharpening the profile on the moulding plane. First, place all the parts back in the body. Try to get the iron about even with the sole of the plane.Then, lightly tap on the wedge. If you just get it snug, but not tight, you will be able to then adjust the iron out of the body. If anyt...

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Part 5: A Practical Application

1685 days ago by Kent Shepherd | 12 comments »

I have been working on a bed for my first grandaughter for quite some time. Since I am finally close to finishing, I will begin a blog on that soon. In the meantime, I will share some more of my handtool journey. Up until now, I know I haven’t shown a lot of practical information—I mean really, who’s actually going to make their mouldings with a wooden hand plane. I showed all that because I found it fasinating to learn how things were done before we got spoiled with power t...

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Part 6: Santa Is Early This Year!

1575 days ago by Kent Shepherd | 19 comments »

I got my mail today and could not believe what came. The label was hand written which confused me since most things to the store are from businesses. Then I saw who it was from—-David “patron” in New Mexico. Of course then I began to get excited. It didn’t matter what it was, it had to be good. I mean, who wouldn’t want to get a package from such a great Lumberjock. Obviously, I was totally shocked by such a kind gesture. I already knew David was a great guy....

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Part 7: Making It Pretty

1573 days ago by Kent Shepherd | 18 comments »

When I received my “new” plane from David, aka patron, I couldn’t wait to get started on the tune up. Of course the first step was to take it apart. That proved to be a chore. The blade was very rusted, as you would expect from any old plane. That, coupled with the old finish, made everything rather stuck. I was being very cautious since I sure didn’t want to damage any part, especially the wedge. After much “gentle” tapping, it finally broke loose.I then b...

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Part 8: It Works!

1569 days ago by Kent Shepherd | 15 comments »

I worked on the iron on my “patron” plane. There was considerable rust and pitting, but I got it working pretty well. I will spend some more time later on the back. I ran out of time for now. The sole was not dead flat. I ran it over my jointer to flatten it . That worked well. As you can see, it does a good job jointing wood.I’ve never used a plane this big before so it was somewhat ackward at first. I got the feel fairly quickly and began to have some fun. I didn’...

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Part 9: Lawsuit Pending!

1113 days ago by Kent Shepherd | 45 comments »

I went out to my shop early Monday morning. How wonderful to have a day off work to get work done on several projects I have going. I was working on an antique dining chair we have. As I was trimming a piece on a rung, my Japanese hand saw slipped—right down into my hand. If you don’t know how sharp these saws are, this is not the way to check. I didn’t think at first that I hit my hand that hard, but boy was I wrong.Lovely reds stains everywhere. I spent the rest of the ...

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Part 10: Tool Gloat!

1072 days ago by Kent Shepherd | 12 comments »

I never go to garage sales, but late Friday I happened to be on Craigslist and saw an add for tools that sounded interesting. When I clicked on it, i discovered he had some “Vintage Tools”. It opened at 8:00 and since I was free then I decided to check it out. I spent $95 for everything I bought. It seemed like a decent deal to me. If you know anything about any of these, your input is welcome. I know how tune and use them, but I haven’t done much research on models and what...

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Part 11: Plane Restoration

1050 days ago by Kent Shepherd | 6 comments »

About 3 weeks ago, I posted pictures of several vintage tools I bought at a garage sale. I am beginning to get them cleaned and in working order. I started with a Millers Falls #10. It had the most rust of all the planes I bought. You will see a lot of pitting on this. I had wanted to get it looking like new, but sometimes that is just not practical. I am afraid there would have been no metal left. I did however, get it cutting well which is really all that mattered to me anyway. I decided to...

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Part 12: More Restorations

1049 days ago by Kent Shepherd | 16 comments »

Here are some more of my garage sale finds. I still don’t have quite all of them done, but I’m close.I intended to wait to restore these, but I couldn’t resist. For some strange reason my wife thinks I shoud be working on repairs on our house. I bet if I took a vote here, most of you would back me up. Thanks for looking.

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