I’ve been reading the content on this site for quite a while and have been enjoying the conversation. I originally learned about the site while listening to Matt’s podcast. Thanks Matt, I’m one of your early subscribers (episode 4 or 5) and schwag winners. I can put the banners between the deer head and the stuffed peacock. (An obscure reference to the conversation related to my workshop description)
I guess I will try my hand at blogging and try to join you all in contributing to the site. I’m finding that reading what you all are up to is motivation to get back to work in the shop. I’m especially impressed with Phils handplanes. I’ve been thinking about making a Krenov style plane. I’m sure this will be something I will get to before too long. I’ve not decided if I will buy a Hock kit for the first one or just the blade and chip breaker and get my own block of wood. One thing that I am sure of is that I am not ready for the level of metal magic that Phil can perform.
I am currently working on restoring a set of Stanley bench planes. I picked up a 5 1/2 on the way home from work today. I had been jonesing for one for a while and found one for $20 at a local antique store. The japanning is not as good as I would like, but for $20 it will be a good user. Perhaps I will post some before and after pictures. It looks pretty rough. In the set, I have 3, 4, 4 1/2, 5, 5 1/2, 6, and 7 covered. I also have a Sargent 424 which is the same size as a number 8. If I decide I must have a 1 and 2 it is probably cheaper to buy them from Lie-Nielson. I’ve only seen one #2 in my travels and it was in fair shape for $200. On ebay, I see the #1s sell for over $1000. Too rich for my blood.
I’ve got two other projects on the horizon. I am going to build new doors for all of the cabinets in my kitchen and also, I am going to build out the tool and lumber storage capabilities of my garage shop.
Anyway, time to end my ramblings. Thanks to to the people who provided the warm welcome over the past couple of days and thanks to everyone who post to this site for the motivation.
-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov