Having a nice weekend...

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Blog entry by Rick Boyett posted 10-17-2010 06:09 AM 947 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Saturdays can be tricky for me. I want to work in my shop. My wife wants us to go out somewhere… anywhere. Today we struck a happy medium. I took her out shopping for baby stuff (we’re working on an adoption) and she didn’t sigh even once when I pulled the car into the Woodcraft in Addison..

I had my #5 Bailey with me so I could check out a Hock blade but they didn’t have any in stock. I ended up buying a Pinnacle blade by IBC. I also bought a set of Groz engineering squares. I’ll do a review on them later but I will say that I was a little disappointed that the IBC blade was not nice and flat.

Finally returning home I got to work finishing a new shooting board that I started on Friday. I’m quite pleased with it…

I also flattened the IBC blade and gave it a much sharper edge (am I giving away the details of my future review?)

While I was at it, I pulled out an old #4c that I had been meaning to refurbish and put a new edge on its blade. I also got a little crazy and started polishing the body a bit.. Look, SHINY!

I also pulled out the fleet for a little show and tell..

From left to right..

A pretty darn old #6
A fairly old #5 with a brand new (hand flattened and honed) IBC blade.
A somewhat old #4 that has been maniacally cleaned up..
A #3 with a chipped blade (going to get a Hock for this one)
A Veritas low angle block plane (with all bells and whistles)

And in the background is a WWII era #5 that I recently obtained. Its in really nice shape, just needs a good cleaning and tune up..

You can see the rest of my photos here if you want to see high res versions..

BTW, does anyone know of good supplier of phenolic plywood that is not Rockler or Woodcraft? Their prices are insane..

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