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Occasional Table Class (Hand Tool Build) #7: The tool kit part 5 (lifesavers)

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Blog entry by RGtools posted 08-26-2011 05:03 AM 3857 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: The Tool Kit part 4 (Joinery tools) Part 7 of Occasional Table Class (Hand Tool Build) series Part 8: The Bare Bones Tool kit. »

Both of these tools are very optional for the build…in fact I hope you don’t need these. I really do. I would love it if all your tenons come out perfect and that all of your planed surfaces come out gleaming and wonderful.

If not…

Card Scrapers will remove tear-out from even the most persnickety woods. They are cheap tools (you can even use a sacrificed saw blade…I have, and they work fine if you pick one without pitting near the cutting edge) but if you grab one or more of these tools get a good burnisher to sharpen them. Smooth Carbide will really get the job done, don’t get too much more particular than that.

The router plane (even a simple one like the one above) can work wonders when a project goes awry. Sure everything that a router plane can do a chisel can to…but the router does it more precisely. If you saw a tenon askew (out of parallel with the face of the joint) this tool will really prove its worth in correcting it. Make one if you feel that need they are simple tools and are worth the investment in time.

When I initially put this list together I had the intent of putting together a bare bones kit as well but I feel that the toos set I have put together is very capable and efficient (speed will be a big focus in the class) and I have not made up my mind as to if the bare bone kit would hinder or help.

So I leave it up to you. Do you want an entry on the bare bones kit for someone who is really strapped for cash (or wants to build one project by hand just to see if they will get a taste for it) or would you like me to go into sharpening?

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



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mafe

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#1 posted 08-26-2011 11:14 AM

What a beautiful old Stanley.
;-)

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#2 posted 08-26-2011 11:36 AM

I chuckled at the “I hope you don’t need these” :)
good tip re: saw blade as well.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#3 posted 08-26-2011 01:51 PM

RG, I like your style of writing. I do agree with the optional part. But to add, I just recently bought a #71. I’ve always “just used a chisel”. After buying it I’m not sure why i waited. I wish I’d either bought one or made one years ago. Same goes with the scraper. I found them a little hard to learn to sharpen and use, but wish I did it a very long time ago. I think of all the dust I would have kept out of my lungs.

Keep up the good work, and may I say, you’ve got some very nice tools. <wink>

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

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#4 posted 08-26-2011 03:25 PM

This Stanly is an interesting mystery to me Mads, My memory is a bit hazy but I think is is a type 3 and was not made with the taped holes to attach a sole. The user must have added those when he saw his friends using the “new” Stanley type 4’s. I like that there is no adjuster or depth stop…it makes me re-orient my workflow but I always like adjusting with a tiny hammer and making tiny shavings with it.

Thanks MsDebbie, it’s true I hope everything goes perfect the first try…knowing that it rarely does, I recommend these in the kit.

Don. I am glad you pulled the trigger on both those tools, they are handy man. The scraper will save you a fortune in sandpaper too.

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

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mafe

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#5 posted 08-27-2011 06:00 PM

Beautiful it is.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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RGtools

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#6 posted 08-27-2011 06:33 PM

That it is. Mads. I love every dent in the handles.

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

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RGtools

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#7 posted 09-20-2011 09:01 PM

I forgot to mention it since this function was added after my class started. If you go to the Class tab and hit the subscribe button you should not miss any installments of the class.

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

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Bertha

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#8 posted 09-20-2011 09:03 PM

All the cool kids have that exact same router plane.
Cool kid, Al.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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RGtools

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#9 posted 09-20-2011 09:05 PM

Stumpy too. But his does not have holes…shame really.

Even a “chisel holder” router plane is better than nothing.

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

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Bertha

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#10 posted 09-20-2011 09:36 PM

Boo ya! Mine doesn’t have holes either…boo hoo.
I want cutters for mine.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 09-20-2011 11:33 PM

Here is mine…

Stanley #71 Router Plane

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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RGtools

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#12 posted 09-21-2011 04:39 AM

^ Fancy. I don’t know if I could operate one without using a hammer anymore. Depth stops and adjustments…too much from me to handle :)

Al, the Veritas cutters will fit that plane. Not as pretty as an old hammer dinged one though.

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

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#13 posted 06-20-2012 08:41 PM

^I’ve got my fancy LN now, lol. I never did get around to ordering/buying/making new cutters, so I guess it could wait, right? :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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