What's in my Shop #9: April 29, 2015 - Grinder Stand, Plane Irons, and Side Ducts

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Blog entry by Mosquito posted 04-29-2015 04:14 PM 1446 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 8: April 22, 2015 - Victorian Desktop and Stanley #2, #3c, and Fulton plane restorations Part 9 of What's in my Shop series Part 10: May 05, 2015 - Victorian Desktop, Side Vents, FT03 Mod »

This week I built a grinder stand, got the feet for the Victorian Desktop, started making some plow plane irons, and now cut out some side ducts for a staff project.

Case Mod Portfolio:


The plane irons I’m working on, cutting with a hacksaw, then cleaning them up


And the grinder stand

The blog for the grinder stand can be found here:

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#1 posted 04-29-2015 07:32 PM

The feet really tie the room together….

Your Workmate is cherry; super speed side vent production was cool.

Thanks Mos.

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 04-30-2015 01:21 AM

I wish I knew about that grinder deal. I picked up for $30 last summer a never been used grinder, but a high speed one. I can use it but have to be vey careful. Anyway I bought the Veritas tool rest and really like them. (I did think about making my own, but in the end did not see the advantage in doing so.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#3 posted 04-30-2015 01:41 AM

Nice Vid! Thx for the update!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 04-30-2015 04:04 AM

The Veritas tool rest is high on my list of options. I don’t easily get over the idea of shelling out another $60 for it, though. May try making something out of some scraps, and see how it goes first. They’re scraps anyway, right?

Thanks Smitty :-)

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#5 posted 04-30-2015 10:48 AM

Yes scraps, but its more where do you want to spend the time. Only $49.50 (I bought two), but the grinding jig is $24.50 expensive. I really like it. I remember they had a free shipping special when a got mine.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#6 posted 04-30-2015 01:33 PM

Good stuff, Mos!
Nice work on the plane irons; makes me wish we BOTH had a metal cutting saw…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#7 posted 04-30-2015 01:39 PM

There are a lot of metal working tools (and skills) I wish I had and had time for lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#8 posted 05-01-2015 03:48 AM

How thick is the steel you using for the plane irons?Could I pay you to make a straight sided 1/2” wide iron?I made a paul sellers chisel/shoulder plane but I didn’t want to leave my 1/2” chisel in I thought I would just make a iron for it.but I don’t have a grinder.So thought maybe if you made one for me I’d buy it.

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#9 posted 05-01-2015 04:08 AM

I’m using 1/4” thick, 5/8” wide O1 for these irons, so the 1/2” wide iron I had to grind down 1/16” on both sides. Maybe buying a 1/2” wide piece and filing most of the bevel on would work? It’s annealed and has to be hardened still, which will be another adventure in itself…

I just found out from another LumberJock about a metals supply store near me, that I might check out for some brass, so could also look for O1 there too.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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