The Church of ‘Leave me Alone, Please’ By: Christopher Schwarz | May 1, 2014 During the last 17 years that I have been using a honing guide to sharpen, I’ve been approached (sometimes nearly assaulted) by people who want to teach me to sharp...
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Location: Lebanon, MO
Some form of woodworking for 30 years. Up until ~2006 it was more finishing/refinishing furniture with a few building projects thrown in. Then my son started woodworking class in high school which got me more interested in design and building projects. I played with hand planes and scrapers some, but have become pretty engrossed with them over the past couple of years.
I arrived at hand planes because I wanted furniture tops and other surfaces to be flat. I built a cross slide for my router, which could get surfaces pretty flat, but then I learned about tearout (wondering why the grain pattern was all fouled up after planing with the router). After some research, I decided a 30"+ planer probably wasn't in my future, but I read a lot about what hand planes could do. It took a while (many months of fiddling in the shop) but I finally learned how to set them up, how to get a good sharp blade edge, and how to get a surface flat and smooth. I have a working collection of Stanley style and Veritas iron bench & block planes and various wooden "oriental" style wood planes (which work quite well properly tuned). Learning how to adjust wooden planes has been interesting (& fun at times!).
I use power tools for the grunt work - board planing, grooving, sawing, edging, etc. The planes and scrapers are for flattening and smoothing panels, jointing, squaring stock on a shooting board, and taking the place of sandpaper - no scrub planes for me ( I do have one I use to make chips for my smoker!).
My workshop/garage shares space with my other hobbies - motorcycles, reloading, fly fishing. I turn part of it into a spray booth when it's time to put the finish on. I've become pretty good in the finishing spectrum, and am now bringing the design/building side up to spec.
I'm a degreed mechanical engineer from Oklahoma State with 30 years in product & process design, testing, quality, manufacturing, and management in those areas. There is a good chance your home (and shop) AC or heat pump unit has one of our Copeland Scroll compressors in it!
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I want a better plane We’ve covered the lower end in the previous blog. There are mid-tier, premium, and art object categories remaining. Three features get pushed a lot as shortcomings of the Stanley Bailey design – thin blades, thin chip brea...
First Handplane.A very common question – “What planes do I start with?” – and a plethora of opinion out there to answer it! So, I thought I’d throw mine out there as well. It’s possible you are at the stage I was when I started –...
A lot of folks use electrolysis for rust removal, which works great and if you are going to do a lot of rust removal, I recommend it. I don’t do a lot of it, and find Evapo-Rust works spectacularly to clean up even pitted parts. The product is reu...
The lever cap, chip breaker, blade, frog, and main casting all need to be held together well to act more or less as a single mass. Major sources of chatter are the frog not seated to the bed well, and the blade not seated on the frog well:.. • Th...