This is a personal blog where I plan to include reference material related to handplanes. This is for me to capture information in this area and allow for people to comment if they wish. I am thinking of capturing the following topics: Handplane Books Handplane related videos Handplane related web sites Sharpening References Plane Restoration References Handplane Construction References Block Plane Recommendations Bench Plane Recommendations Shooting plane recommendat...
I couldn’t find any reference for this on the site, so if I am re-posting the obvious, please forgive me. Project Gutenburg has 3 very detailed books on building mission furniture. they contain detailed plans (although not as detailed as some modern books) and they have LOTS of plans in them. The construction ideas are also very enlightening and worth browsing through (for example this swing) to make a long story short: Mission FurnitureHOW TO MAKE ITby H.H. WINDSOR PART IPA...
For those LJ members who are interested in learning about some of the “older” methods of woodworking, there are a number of free, downloadable, books on line at the following site. You can either read the book on line, or download a copy in a variety of formats such as Pdf. Lots of methods, and other information from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. http://www.craftsmanspace.com/free-books/wood-carving-books.html Enjoy.
I’ve had a couple of 12-14 hour workdays this week and have not had the opportunities for restoring any planes. I decided to take a little time this evening to discuss items that will be needed for the restoration process. The basis for this list comes from the Ernie Conover Video on Reclaiming flea market planes. Hopefully, he will update this video and release on DVD. The list is as follows: Lap Plate – used to lap the sole and sides of a plane- Plastic Laminate – ...
Inspired by Odie Odie has been sharing some incredible information with the LJ group. There is more gold in there than many may even realize. An Oblique View Here is some information that does not seem directly related to woodworking success and is often dismissed. But one must understand is that it is about business, not woodworking. So that means the principles of business, marketing, and social psychology apply. Go to the Small Business Administration. They will help you with s...
While not particularly woodworking, he uses wood in many of his jigs and clamps and presses. Too, he calls his operation “Quercus Press,” and Quercus, as we all know is the genus of the oak trees. It looks like the covers are glued over white oak boards as well. Moreover, though, this video is simply a maker’s dream. From the old linotype machine whirring and clanking away to line up type as he presses keys, to the vaults of old engravings he gained access to, to the many cl...
Well I just researched via “tags” the book forums and there are a few on LJ’s…but they are mostly regarding skills books—-which makes sense for wood workers… But recently I have been dreaming of building a boat…on a 5 year plan (if you look at my projects you will see I am not ready lol)...and so I have been getting lots of books at my local library…on boat building and other titles too… But one of the books that I picked up is not a...
This is the beginning of a listing of handplane related books. This is primarily intended to be a personal reference. But, please feel free to suggest books if you have any recommendations. I’m especially interested in recommendations for out of print books. I own and can recommend the following books: The Handplane Book (Paperback) by Garrett Hack – Excellent book, good coverage of the use of all types of hand planes. Working with Handplanes (New Best of Fine Woodwor...
Boxes and boxmaking have always been popular subjects for many hobby woodworkers. What other project type offers such variety in technique, finish, and final application? A box project can often be completed in a weekend, and noone can ever say they have too many boxes! The first place to start when considering making wooden boxes is to get some inspiration. Since the best place to get inspiration is to see other finished boxes, I suggest you start by looking through some books on wood...
I recently decided to go on a box making journey in woodworking. The various skills that one can learn by making simple and small boxes and structures can lead to big improvements in skill while performing larger work later on. Plus, it’s a good way to use up scraps that are laying around the woodshop. My first step in taking on any new style or project is typically a trip to the library and sometimes a further trip to the bookstore. (I’m lucky in that my public library has an...
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