So I made a mistake. Not a big one but definitely avoidable. When I set my grinder up, I used a nice thick blade to figure out where may angle should be. Unfortunately I forgot to factor in the tapered blade on the old plane makes a RADICAL 10 degree difference to my grinding angle so I realized that I had a 20 bevel angle about early enough correct it. I tapped the stand forward so I ended up with a second bevel of 30 degrees. Believe it or not the secondary bevel is big enough to reference ...
Never try to outsmart a dead guy. If you see something that worked a hundred years ago, don’t try to improve it, that’s not your job. Your job is just not to mess things up. Moderns tend to put way more aggressive a camber on there irons than needed, Lee Valley and Lie Nielson put a 3 in radius on their scrub planes. A camber that size is great for removing wood in a hurry, and on it’s own a 3 inch camber sounds like a great idea. But our ancestors realized that each tool wa...
There’s a new Little Good Pieces blog post: Krenov Smoother 4 – The Pin and Reassembly. I fabricate the crosspin and glue everything up. Check it out! http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/krenov-smoother-4-the-pin-and-reassembly/
I normally don’t buy old wooden planes, since I can make wood planes much better that are suited to my purposes. However, like any other hand tool addict (lets face it, we’re addicts not casual users) I occasionally adopt things that need a good home. What could need a home more than a former inmate? Auburn Tool Co repeatedly used prison labor within Auburn correctional facility in New York to create their tools. The contracts to do this constantly changed hands but A Howlan...
I started this just after the first one I made but with the building of the shop just haven’t made the time to finish. This weekend however things just clicked and I spent some time doing it. Its all but done just needs some sanding and a few coats of finish. Joe
There’s a new post on the Little Good Pieces blog: Krenov Smoother 3 – Bed and Ramp. I shape and fit the most important components of the plane. Check it out! http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2011/06/13/krenov-smoother-3-bed-and-ramp/
There’s a new Little Good Pieces blog post: .Krenov Smoother 2 – From One Block to Four. Turning the plane blank into recognizable parts. Check it out! http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2011/06/10/krenov-smoother-2-from-one-block-to-four/
There’s a new post on the Little Good Pieces blog: Krenov Smoother 1 – Making the Blank. This begins my first attempt at making my own Krenov-style plane. Check it out! http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/krenov-smoother-1-making-the-blank/
In the last shop update, I briefly mentioned a grooving plane that did not work so well. The idea was to have a tool that could quickly make the grooves in the bottom of draw and box stock to accept the drawer/box bottom. The new design really rocks, so much that I made three sizes (widths): 1/8”, 3/16”, 1/4”. Although these are intended for making the grooves on drawer and box sides, I have been discovering more uses for the flexible design of these planes: Shop Jou...
For some time now I have wanted to build a hand plane but have always had some other project I need to finish first, well I decided that I would always have some other project to finish and just jumped into the hand plane project. The thought of building a project with tools I have made very appealing to me, so I thought a nice wooden hand plane would be a perfect start. Cutting of the body went fast and I was soon able to dry fit all of the pieces together to see how the rough plane ...
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