At the end of the last entry, we had our plane body stripped of the old japanning and ready to be painted. I picked up some paint and got our plane done yesterday. I got my paint at Advance Auto Parts. It’s Dupli-Color Engine Enamel in gloss black: Like I said in the previous blog, I’m not sure whether the gloss or semi-gloss is a better match but I prefer the look of the gloss. If you’d rather try the semi-gloss, it’s #DE 1635. I also pointed out that no...
6 days to go!I got a call today from UPS. When I bought my new drum sander from Grizzly, I was told not to expect it before August 20th. That sucker is gonna be here Wednesday! Now I can complete the cabinet doors way ahead of schedule. The sandpaper rolls came today and the European hinges came too. Very soon I will have Momma in the palm of my hand. I won’t go innto all the things I have to atone for. lol All in the range of picking my nose in public. lolWe don’t have doors yet...
[Above] With the whole instrument put together, it’s time to attend to a few details. First I sanded the whole thing, rounding over the sharp corners. Here I’ve used a very thin bladed back saw from my modeling tools to score the locations on the nut and bridge for the strings. These are just marks for now. The final fitting of the strings will be done last of all. FYI the two notches are supposed to be close together. It’s a dulcimer thing. [Above] On the ...
After cleaning the bark, the next task at hand was to fill the large crack in the top and the slab for the legs with epoxy, I used blue masking tape to cover the openings on the underside and the sides of both pices of walnut and placed them both over plastic/paper drop cloths from the depot. Their cheap and protect my benches and floor. I used System 3 mirror coat two-part epoxy, mixed according to the instructions using some cheap plastic mixing cups from an autobody supply house. I p...
If I was to start over with selecting the finish coats for this table, I would not use Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO). I do believe that it has gone on okay. I am satisfied that the BLO has done what it can. However, the blotchiness on the table top does bother me. I believe as the cherry ages that the blotchiness will dissipate, if not disappear in time. However, I know there is not a guarantee about that result. My options from here are (1) continue to apply more BLO, (2) spray some Shella...
Here we have a RECORD #04 Smoothing Plane.This is shown here in ‘as found’ condition, a recent Ebay purchase. I decided to to do some ‘homework’ to establish when this might have been made? Judging by the parts: -· the frog- flat machined straight sides, from 1931 to 1956. · the body- how the frog is seated. The frog receiver in the body casting was modified from a straight central rib to a wishbone shaped buttress around 1955 to 1960. This plane ha...
Made a lot of mistakes on this one, which caused me to learn a bunch of new tricks and fixes. Firstly, I shouldn’t have used crooked wood for the box sides. I knew what would happen. All the corners were bad of course. I cut them out! Then when I was doweling the new corners, they cracked. Just wanted to show my project that I love and hate and maybe hear some feedback, or other horror stories.
I set up the router table this afternoon and cut the rabbets for the tray sides. Next I have to cut the bottoms to size. No pictures today. Next time.
Back when sandpaper had plain old paper backing, setting up a guide with an edge to tear against was easy. Nowadays, with the advent of film backing and other advanced materials, tearing isn’t easy — or sometimes not possible at all. I wanted to make a guide that would allow me to easily cut standard sizes from a sheet of sandpaper. My first pass at it used brads to register a MDF strip to guide the blade. It worked OK, but the play in the registration of the strip caused some err...
Well we’ve finished most of our grunt work. All that’s left to do is finish up the base and get this guy ready to make some shavings! The next thing to do is to flatten the sole of the plane and to polish up the sides (maybe flatten them as well depending on what the planes going to be used for). We’ll handle that in a later entry but before we do that, we’re going to put this plane back together. Why do I reassemble it before working on the rest of the body? ...
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