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 ...
After many weeks of hunting and bidding on Ebay I was finally able to win an auction for a Stanley #6 at a decent price. The #6 planes usually sell somewhere around the 50 dollar range and I got this one for 38 dollars. My goal is to someday have the whole set of Stanley bench planes #1 through #8. I am only 3 shy of my goal excluding the 4 1/2, 5 1/4 and 5 1/2. I still need 1, 2 and 8. I don’t see 1 or 2 ending up in my collection anytime soon but the hunt is on for the #8! Stay tuned!...
I got some time in the shop tonight and was able to get the sliding board jack made and installed. To make the V-groove at the bottom, I first made two cuts down the center with a rip panel saw. Then I cut a 45-deg kerf from the front / back that met those first two cuts in the middle. Finally, I chopped out the middle section and pared it flat with a 1/4” chisel and cleaned up the slopes with a paring chisel. Here’s a picture after the first 45-deg cut: After the sec...
Just a quick update tonight. I got the shelf completed and also made / installed the track for the sliding board jack. I chose not to nail the shelf boards down. They are joined with shiplapped rabbet joints; no glue. This way, I can easily remove the shelf to sweep it off, sweep under the bench, etc. I also decided to forgo screws to attach the track for sliding board jack. I made some v-grooved cauls with 2×4 scraps to clamp it during the glue up. I made the 45-deg chamfers on eithe...
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