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Wooden Planes #11: Jatoba block

04-16-2014 03:31 AM by Mark Kornell | 0 comments »

Next up is a 50 degree block plane. The body is jatoba with an ipe sole. The stripe in the middle is ebony and beech. Iron is a Hock 1 1/2”. Finish is Waterlox and wax. Thanks to the jatoba and the Hock iron, this thing weighs more than some metal block planes. It fits very comfortably in the hand. Jatoba is extremely hard and dense. Sanding end grain is about the same as sanding hardened steel. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. Forget about doin...

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Wooden Planes #10: High-angle Block

04-16-2014 03:26 AM by Mark Kornell | 4 comments »

This one doesn’t see much use because it is fairly specialized. The bed angle is 60 degrees, highly useful in certain applications. Completely useless in most others. :-) That’s too bad, because it is a nice fit in the hand. It tends to be hard to adjust. Tapping the iron to advance is fine, but tapping the back of the plane is just as likely to either do nothing or loosen the wedge as it is to retract the iron. The applied shock when you tap it at the back doesn’t me...

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Wooden Planes #6: A Short Smoother

04-14-2014 05:20 AM by Mark Kornell | 6 comments »

I use this one as a smoother for some woods. It is short-ish for a smoother at 8 1/2”, but does its job quite well. Has a nice weight to it in use – not too light and not too heavy. Feels very solid. Made from wenge, with beech stripes and an ipe sole. Finish is tung oil and wax The bed is 50 degrees and the iron is another of the LV wooden plane irons. I cut it down with a Dremel and about 10 of those tiny cutting wheels. —Mark Kornell, Kornell ...

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Wooden Planes #2: A Jack

04-13-2014 06:02 AM by Mark Kornell | 2 comments »

Conceptually, a plane is a fairly simple device. It holds some kind of cutter that can be passed over a piece of wood to effect a cut. To work well, it needs to hold the cutter securely, and may have fences, guides or stops to help control the path of the cut. And even those fences, guides and stops aren’t there to help with making the cut, just to ensure consistency. So that’s it. Hold the cutter securely. In a Krenov-style plane, there are a small number of pieces that factor...

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Wooden Planes #1: The first one

04-13-2014 05:53 AM by Mark Kornell | 3 comments »

My first experience with handplanes were two 70’s era Stanleys (the block with a red lever cap, and a Handyman smoother) I “rescued” from a drawer in my dad’s garage three years ago. He had a brief flirtation with woodworking around the time I was 5, and the planes had obviously been unused since. The climate here is pretty dry, so there was only minor surface rust to deal with. I cleaned them up, worked on the soles a bit, and without really knowing what I was doing, turned the smoother into...

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Workbench #6: Leg vise chop

09-21-2013 05:43 PM by yuridichesky | 8 comments »

The leg vise chop’s wood is beech (I just have one big thick beech board and so I use it when I need some hardwood). .First some rough cuts: .Then cleaning up: (you can see here template I used to mark curves of the chop) (and this is my cleanup kit) .Ready for parallel guide mortise: .Parallel guide mortise: first saw cut then cleaning with the chisel (and a block of wood as a guide). .Dry fit: .Drawboring: .Closeups of drawboring results:...

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LONDON BURL #2: LONDON BURL #2

09-04-2013 10:37 PM by bazz135uk | 3 comments »

!https://s3.amazonaws.com/lumberjocks.com/msmhcxu.jpg! Down an an unassuming backstreet north of BURNHAM SOUTH BUCKS ENGLAND, you’ll find – improbably – 540 acres of beech and birch woodland, with cows, pigs, sheep and ponies grazing contentedly alongside dog-walkers and families out for a stroll. Equally surprisingly, this ancient pocket of gnarly forest, ponds and heath – some of the trees predate Shakespeare – is owned by the Corporation of London, who snapped it up in 1880 to ...

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LONDON BURL #1: 450 YEAR OLD OAKS PLUS KNARLY BEECHES & SILVER BIRCH

09-02-2013 11:42 PM by bazz135uk | 4 comments »

This is where I go each day to walk my Dog “OZZIE” To breath relax chill out be inspired be amazed.This is just 25 miles west of London and called BURNHAM BEECHES and as you will see some of our wonderful trees are 450 years old. Many are twisted knarly and have over the years been hit many times by lightning.The woodland has been used many times by Film crews to film the likes of Harry Potter and Robin Hood Prince of Theives but to name a few. Open to the general public all ye...

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Yard sale find

08-06-2013 12:35 AM by bandit571 | 4 comments »

Actually found a few items Actually got some change back from the twenty dollar bill I gave them, a whopping fifty cents back. Didn’t have enough to buy a second plane that was sitting there, but I think that big guy might just work out. saw set was a bit older, but so are most of my handsaws. Block plane base is a Stanley #18 1/4, but the cap iron is even close to it. Now, about that big plane. Says right on the front end that it is a Stanley No. 31. 24” long....

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Roubo Inspired Bench #5: Getting closer - finally getting the slabs on top of the bench, & an orange dog or 2

05-25-2013 09:51 PM by jusfine | 8 comments »

The rails have been assembled, legs attached to the cabinet, a little clean up and should be ready to mortise for the slabs. It appears I have some corrupted images on my memory card, so may not be able to post any of the photos of mortising or attaching the slabs through the rails with the SPAX type screws. Slabs have been fastened to the top with one screw at each end, there is a 2” gap between the two sections. I wanted a wide enough space to be able to use a Be...

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