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Shop Remodel #23: Look Boss, De Plane

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Blog entry by bearkatwood posted 12-22-2015 02:23 AM 955 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am making a separate plane till to go with the set in progress, but I wanted to have my most used planes close at hand in the cabinet. I also have a few that I have acquired that I would very much like to refurbish and use.
So today I worked on the Plane till that would go into the cabinet.

I started out by taking a picture of the cabinet, the planes I wanted in there and using photoshop to conjure up a likeness of what it might look like.

I had a large piece of maple left over from making the carcass so I squared it up and made a walnut frame to go around it.

I attached some cleats to the back to hang it and made a shelf on the front and top for some old bailey wood planes.

I had intended to stop taking orders when I began this remodel, but somehow one slipped through and I hear there are more on the way.
We got and order for a military commemorative cane. We have made a few of these in the past and they are fun. They get laser engraved and commemorative coins inlaid in the sides.

This one will be made from walnut. I like to use the swirling grain around knots to get my handle material from as it adds to the strength of the handle and gives it a nice look.

The handles are squared up and drilled for the tenon.

The shaft is turned on my mill and then the words are laid out and it’s off to the laser engravers.
These canes get a brass collar that I make from a piece of pipe.

Tomorrow I am going to start getting the doors ready to glue up and hang.
Oh, and for all you young ens’ the title reference is from a show called “Fantasy Island” I think you could find it on HULU or something.
Thanks all and have fun woodworking.

-- Brian Noel



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builtinbkyn

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#1 posted 12-22-2015 02:32 AM

Looks great Brian. Making it modular the way you did, is advantageous. Need something different, the change is easy to implement.

How did you turn that cane? Did you use a router?

Oh, one door needs three leaves :)

Edit: Oh I’m old enough to remember Tattoo :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#2 posted 12-22-2015 03:00 AM

I’m interested on turning the cane also..,

-- Putty

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#3 posted 12-22-2015 03:01 AM

To turn the cane I use a router mill made by legacy. I could have put 100 more leaves there, but they are laborious and I had enough of doing them so I quit with four. Where would you recommend one?

-- Brian Noel

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#4 posted 12-22-2015 03:29 AM

Till looks great, Brian.

And I think another leaf would look nice too. Left door, bottom right corner, as if it’s resting right where the trunk goes from horizontal to vertical.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#5 posted 12-22-2015 03:59 AM

Awesome work on all of the pieces. Great advancement in a short period of time.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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builtinbkyn

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#6 posted 12-22-2015 04:12 AM

Thanks for the response Brian. That’s a neat machine. Did some reading on them after reading your post on the twisted chairs.

I bet they are laborious and maybe even nerve-racking. Odd numbers always work best – like three coffee beans in a shot of Sambuca :) No sure it matters where, maybe left side high or very low, but one that looks as if it is behind the tree would complete the imagery. Use a paper overlay and see what looks best. Or do nothing at all. It’s still fabulous.


To turn the cane I use a router mill made by legacy. I could have put 100 more leaves there, but they are laborious and I had enough of doing them so I quit with four. Where would you recommend one?

- bearkatwood

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#7 posted 12-22-2015 10:24 AM

Starting to realy take shape. Enjoy following along. And impressed that you seem to mannage to get so much done from post to post!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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bearkatwood

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#8 posted 12-22-2015 01:08 PM

My mill was one of my first purchases, I guess actually it was the first big one. I had a cheep home depot router and I think a jig saw before I bought the mill so my woodworking learning experience pretty much started with a router which is why I think if you can’t do it with a router it can’t be done. I will play around with the leaf idea this morning and I thank you guys for your input. The mill can be a bit nerve racking, there is a lot of moving parts going on and it can be easy to take something you have worked all week on and chunk it in one silly move. You have to be hype-vigilant when you are using it, but you can get fantastic stuff very quickly. I could make hollow spiral candlestick holders by hand and it is fun to do, but I can make them in a half hour if I use the mill, helps bring in a little more on payday which is never a bad thing. Thanks again guys,

-- Brian Noel

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#9 posted 12-22-2015 02:24 PM

coming along real nice brian and i also agree with the others one more leaf on the left door will give it better balance beautiful job keep it coming.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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