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Making a Traditional Style Wooden Jointer #4: Making the tote and mortise for it

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Blog entry by Mosquito posted 371 days ago 1777 reads 2 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: The wedge and glued up Part 4 of Making a Traditional Style Wooden Jointer series Part 5: Final tote shaping, glued in place, and little details »

Got some work done on this over the past few days and weekend.

The tote isn’t 100% done yet, but I got excited and wanted to share :-D

Bought a 1-1/8” piece of hard maple off of eBay for a few bucks, intended use for the tote, and got it planed down to about 1” thick (had to remove the heavy kerf marks on it.

Had a little surprise at this point, Birdseye… huh

Drew out the rough sketch of what I was going for, then cut it out

Drilled a couple holes for the “corners” of the inside and used the fret saw to cut out most of the waste

Did the same for the back of the tote, got that cleaned up a little, and began shaping

And shaping of the handle is done :-) I think if I continue to make wooden handplanes, or totes by hand, I’ll probably have to invest in a handle makers rasp. It was somewhat of a pain to try to do the inside rounds with a straight file/rasp. I put a few dents in the front of my workbench in the process

 

Then, it came time to make the mortise for the tote to sit in, and be glued in to.

The tote is about 1” wide. At this point I wished I had a 7/8” forstner bit instead of the 3/4” bit I was using. Oh well, I have more time to sneak up on it this way lol

Drilled out the bulk of the waste

This is the part where progress was made, but pictures weren’t taken lol I cleaned it up with chisels by paring away the excess waste, until it was about the right size. In some of the pictures going forward, you’ll see a scrap piece of oak 2×4 (1.5×3.5) piece in the background. I used this piece and clamped it to the plane along the line to pare to, which helped keep the line straight, and the side perpendicular. This after the other side started going a little off perpendicular.

I intentionally left the wood on the bottom of the tote long, so I could plane it down to whatever height to sit where I wanted it to. I’m about as far down as I can get with my router plane, so I guess we’ll call it good at about 1-1/8”

I spent about an hour at this point, filing, sanding, paring, and finessing the fit, but it fits pretty snug

Had to make some shavings at this point… the tote fits snug enough to allow me to use it, and even pick it up

Mmmmm, shavings

And some face planing, for full width shavings. It doesn’t do this as well, but I’m thinking that may be to do with the legs of the wedge causing the shaving to be deflected inwards

 

 

Next up, will be the final shaping of the tote. I need to do a little more shaping on the front of the tote, so it’s not just an angle down. Right now the iron is right up against it, and although I don’t think it’s causing it to be raised off the bed, I don’t like it, and it makes adjusting the iron more difficult. Then I’ll ease the back of the tote into the bed of the plane a little better, and do the final sanding of that. Then need to cut it to length, and do something about the blow out in front of the mouth.

‘Til next time, thanks for checking it out :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods



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AnthonyReed

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#1 posted 371 days ago

Excellent Mos! The shavings pic is the most awesomestness.

Such a great blog, thanks man.

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 371 days ago

The beast is looking great with the birdseye tote!

I like that mortising gauge. I need a good one like that, is it vintage?

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

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Mosquito

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#3 posted 371 days ago

Thanks Tony. Every now and then my camera surprises me with the good shots it can take… usually right when I start looking at replacing it lol

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Thanks Mauricio. It is indeed a vintage. It’s a Stanley #77 mortise gauge, and a SW no less

I use it quite a bit on the other side. There’s a single pin opposite the mortise side.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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chrisstef

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#4 posted 371 days ago

Ya know Mos, you’re not really any good at this woodworking stuff. You should probably just donate your tools to someone (me) and find a new hobby. Heh. Just messin with ya. Superb job on the BE tote. Gonna be flashy all shined up and should outlast you.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#5 posted 371 days ago

lol I already have another hobby :-P

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It just so happens that more than half the computer cases I’ve done were also wood lol
http://www.mosquitomediaserver.com/projectLogImages/index.php#Computers

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#6 posted 371 days ago

looks great!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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chrisstef

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#7 posted 371 days ago

You suck at that too lol ;)

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#8 posted 371 days ago

Nice looking plane you got there.

I see you’re in Coon Rapids. I used to work for the city there… doing computer stuff. Small world.

-- Fergie in CO

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Mosquito

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#9 posted 371 days ago

Thanks Purplev, ‘Stef, and Fergie.

I just moved to Coon Rapids about a year and a half ago now. The “Small world” coincidences are always interesting when they happy…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#10 posted 371 days ago

Very galoot in here.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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theoldfart

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#11 posted 371 days ago

Mos, how do you sharpen the points on the guage? I have the same one, just not SW. Find it hard to sharpen them flat and parallel w/face.

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

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Mosquito

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#12 posted 371 days ago

Thanks RG, I did use an electron eating drill though lol

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TOF, I just use a file with a safe edge on the inside of the pins only, and eye ball it for perpendicular to the beam. I’ve only done that twice so far, I think. I’m just using it for marking, so it doesn’t have to bee too crazy sharp

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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theoldfart

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#13 posted 371 days ago

‘Tanks

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

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#14 posted 371 days ago

Nice….

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

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#15 posted 371 days ago

You and Don make it look sooooo easy! Very nice Moxon Toilet Paper Maker you have there :D

-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com

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