Shop Built Hand Tools #5: Catching up from the blogging hiatus

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Blog entry by USCJeff posted 11-12-2011 04:36 AM 1723 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I really liked this series of Hand-Made tools that I stopped updating for whatever reason. I enjoy coming back to these and remembering what was in my head when these were done. As a hobbyist, my only training comes through trials and these little notes help the lessons hit home.

The biggest thing since my last entry was the acquisition of a lathe. It’s just a Shop Fox mini with an extension, but it gets it done for what I want to do. I do wish I’d opted for an electronic speed control. The pulleys don’t take long, but it still is a chore. Anyways, with the lathe came a whole new dimension of possibilities in tool making. After getting bored to death after dozens of pens and a few grinders, tool handles and the like were next up. I’ll put some links on the bottom to the posted projects. I grinded off the plastic handles of some chisels and files and turned wooden handles that feel better as well as looking cool. I’m going to save the specifics since I’ve skipped a lot of projects since the last entry. The links give the details of each.

The router plane (not entirely an original concept, to be fair) I posted has easily gotten the most attention. I’ve only used it a few times since though. I love the purpleheart chisel handles and round mallet. Not a purple fan, but they are very dense and have held up when used by my abusive habits.

My third shot at a Krenov plane was miles better than the first. Like I said, lessons learned and corrections made.

Other than the chisels, I go to a 6-in-1 screwdriver kit by Rockler most often. Its nothing special and doesn’t require much turning ability, but it is all about contouring to my grip. Not a big deal, but it does give some satisfaction when using it.

Link to first set of Multiple Turnings and misc tools

Link to second set of Multiple Turnings

Chisel Plane (rarely sees use): here

Krenov Plane #3: here

Small Pen style Marking Knife for intricate layouts (dovetails especially): Here

Large and Medium Marking Knifes for Large Scale Layout: Here

And the most current one, a Shoulder Plane: here

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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