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Blog series by MikeGCNY updated 04-18-2011 04:49 AM 5 parts 14400 reads 37 comments total

Part 1: Thanks Tommy Mac!

03-22-2011 11:01 PM by MikeGCNY | 10 comments »

My great grandfather was a furniture maker who immigrated to the US from Italy in the 1920’s. I have a piece of his that was made in the early 50’s, was painted in the 60’s and then stripped and “weathered” in the 80’s. Its in terrible shape, but it have given me an idea—the re-craft the exact piece of furniture. Something occurred to me though: the techniques that I currently use have almost nothing in common with those of my great grandfather. S...

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Part 2: Wow, hand planes are addictive!

04-04-2011 03:32 AM by MikeGCNY | 10 comments »

Last week I received the first of a few hand planes that I purchased off of eBay. I quickly took it down into my shop, clamped a piece of 1×8 pine into my Workmate, and planed until there was just about 1 inch left. The sound, the smell, the feel and the site of the shavings exiting the plane—totally addicting. It is so addicting and relaxing that I am trying to figure out a way to use and hand plane in my office. Honest, I’m not kidding. Whenever things get too stress...

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Part 3: It was a good weekend.

04-11-2011 03:37 AM by MikeGCNY | 6 comments »

I stopped by a giant tool sale this weekend. When I got there, it turned out that the person selling all of his equipment was one of the gentleman from the Long Island Woodworker’s Club (of which I am a member). He had a lot of tools, but for some reason didn’t want to part with anything other than his large machinery. I was there 2 hours, spending one of these hours going through a box of about 100 chisels and then when I made him an offer on about 10 of them I was told ̶...

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Part 4: Cleaning up my old planes (with Pics)

04-17-2011 05:27 AM by MikeGCNY | 6 comments »

I spent the day building face frames for my daughters bedroom built ins and also took some time to disassemble some of my old planes and give them all a bath in Evapo-Rust. I soaked all of the components with the exception of the knob and tote. I am not restoring these planes to be placed on a shelf or sold. I am restoring them so that they are more usable. The methodology I have employed is as follows: 1. Disassemble all of the components that easily come apart.2. Scrub everything (...

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Part 5: Playing with my new planes

04-18-2011 04:49 AM by MikeGCNY | 5 comments »

I spent a good portion of the day hand cutting mortises in the face frames for my daughter’s cabinets. I only had a chisel that I purchased at the HD and it was a disaster. Noting came out right. So to make myself happy and to get something accomplished today I reassembled my hand planes and tried them out by flattening a 5/4 piece of poplar. It was my first time doing this, and despite the fact that I did not sharpen the planes, the results were pretty good.   Here are...

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