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Blog series by Lee A. Jesberger updated 2088 days ago 3 parts 21091 reads 65 comments total

Part 1: Block plane and Joiner Plane

2454 days ago by Lee A. Jesberger | 17 comments »

Just playing around in the shop and came accross these planes. I made them a couple years ago, and really enjoyed it. Nothing too fancy, and the basic plans came from a book on making hand planes. They are a pleasure to use as the shavings come peeling through the throat opening. That nice whoosh sound that only planes make, and shavings thin enough to read through! And a polished surface that’s left behind. So much satisfaction in using them, knowing you made them. ...

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Part 2: Wooden Dead Blow Mallets

2115 days ago by Lee A. Jesberger | 35 comments »

I saw an article in a woodworking magazine, maybe it was shop notes, on making wooden mallets that were filled with lead pallets. I made up a few of these, some I gave away, others are still hanging around. They’re easy to make, and useful around the shop. Not to mention they look great and are a good use for small scraps of exotic woods. The ones below don’t have the leather contact cemented to the face of them. It’s this leather that keeps them from marring the su...

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Part 3: Attaching the leather

2088 days ago by Lee A. Jesberger | 13 comments »

Hi All, A question I received on attaching the leather to the face of the mallets. I thought I would pass it on. Q. Hi Lee; I saw you used contact cement for the leather-end-grain adhesion. I am not really familiar with it (I have read about the dry and press methods of application), but assume it does better against end grain? Have you had any problems w/ the leather peeling off, or are there other adhesives worth trying? (I had been considering cyanoacrylate, since I have ...

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