I thought it would help to take a step back on my hand plane tuning blog posts and provide a little background on my hand plane journey of the past few days. ContextAsk anyone for recommendations on a first hand plane, and you’re bound to get a large number folks recommending looking for a pre-WWII hand plane. Personally I’ve never really thought of that to be a good answer (for me) because I think that there is an implied “cost” (time, effort, and money) involved w...
Tools tools, I love toys, I mean tools #3: Building hand plane tune-up confidence: lapping, lapping, and more lapping
After a seeming successful first attempt at sharpening/honing, I decided to finally tune up my Groz bench and block plane. The lapping took the longest part and I went through a good amount of 100 and 120 grit paper flatting the bottoms of both planes. The block plane was significantly worse, taking close to 2 hours to flatten the bottom whereas the #4 took a little over an hour. After the lapping was done, a wipe down and thorough cleaning with mineral spirits cleaned off the metal shavin...
Tools tools, I love toys, I mean tools #2: Hand tools because it made me feel safer, and my first sharpening/honing attempt...
I’ll admit that I am more a power tool woodworker than a hybrid (and nowhere close to a hand too user). But the more projects I get under my belt, the more I realize that in order to improve as a wood worker, I’m going to have to get more used to hand tools. In some cases, it is probably safer, and not necessarily slower than power tools. I recently edge glued quite a few short pine scraps, to make them wide enough for a few kids toy projects. After edge jointing the pieces,...
A friend recently sent this amazing video to me, which blew my mind. This Japanese hand tool woodworker, Noboru Honma, uses traditional woodworking hand tools to create paper-thin end grain shavings with decorative parquet shapes. I hope you enjoy! CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO JOSHUA’S FUTURE ARTICLES & VIDEOS!
Intro- I’ve been using a lot of wooden planes recently and have really come to enjoy their lightness and the feel of wood sliding on wood. Obviously there are a ton of vintage woodies out there; however, I quite enjoy making my own versions of them. They are a lot cheaper (if you have some time on your hands) and you don’t have to deal with old warped wood and a host of other problems you may encounter. I can’t say I am an expert by any means, I’m simply sharing my...
The saga continues. Spent the morning flattening the top of the Sapele panel, and trimming the ends square.Apologies, but I forgot to take a picture before my son and I flipped it over to work on the bottom side. Was sort of anticlimactic when top was flat. Not much to see in an unfinished flat 39X108” Sapele panel? Here is the bottom of the panel, with my caulk marks on what needs work in my next hand plane marathon. As I was shutting down and cleaning up due the 104 degree...
Wire SizeIn making flower stems, I use several gauges of galvanized wire, ranging from 14 GA to 30 GA as well as single strands from picture wire. Although some people use thin brass tubing (available from hobby shops), I have found that wires of varying gauges are sufficient to create a pleasing result for this project. I use two gauges of wire for each flower. The thicknesses will depend on the size of your flower – bigger flower, thicker wire. The heaviest gauge will form the flower stem a...
If you have been waiting for the next instalment of this tutorial, I apologize for the delay! This step is not absolutely necessary but I think it adds character to the finished flower. I create a star-shaped calyx by cutting three dart-shaped pieces from along the length of a shaving. These pieces are then soaked in water to encourage them to curl. With all three pieces placed with curls moving in the same direction, they can then be glued at the centre to form the calyx as shown below...
By Joshua Farnsworth (Writer at WoodAndShop.com) This VIDEO isn’t a tutorial. I just wanted to keep y’all up tonight with thoughts of the Tung oil falling into the pores of this beautiful beech jointer plane that I just finished building. (Click here to view the original blog post). I also wanted to announce that I just finished filming a DVD with Bill Anderson on how to build this traditional 18th century jointer plane from scratch, with traditional hand tools. Roy Underhill invited...
In addition to the hardwood floor install, bench build, jewelry box build and about a half dozen or so other in process projects I decided to add another one to the list. I found an old farm house style table at the local salvation army for $50. At 34 inches wide by 6.5 feet long (0.86 by 1.98 meters) it was a bit of an easy decision; I can’t buy raw wood that cheap. There were some condition issues, mostly due to the way it was initially built. The breadboard ends look to be gl...
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