MaFe style Kanna jointerJapan meets Krenov For quite some time now I have had three wishes that I wanted to fulfill in one project.1. To have a Japanese Naga-Dai-Kanna (jointer plane).2. To combine the Krenov plane building style with Japanese planes.3. To find use of a beautiful old hand forged Japanese plane iron that I had purchased some time back. Here an example of a Japanese jointer plane I saw on E-bay. On this link a seller in Germany, I think the price tag huts a wee bit: http:...
Oh the joy of taking something dirty, flimsy, worn, and stained and soaked with someone elses sweat, and turning it into a crisp tool you can fall in love with.. .I know that all a plane has to be is functional. But making something that has personality as well as meeting the bare minimum of function is perhaps similar to making fine furniture rather than banging together plywood. You can’t always, but you do the former wherever you can. Also, I’ve coveted a hand plane for so l...
I’ll preface this by stating that I’m no journalist, but I figure I might as well start a blog so I can ramble on a bit about what I’ve learned from the great community of people here on LJ’s. Ever since my Pops gave me this old tool box of his Dad’s and I posted a pic of these 2 planes (the Ohio 4-1/4 and the Shelton #4) a couple months ago I’ve been very intrigued by hand planes, after exchanging some messages with DonW and a couple others I’ve s...
I was at the lumberyard yesterday and picked up a chunk of basswood. It is for a homeschooler who is wanting to “whittle”. I’ve got limited expereince with the wood, so on a whim, I decided to take a few passes with a hand plane to see how it acted. It is no secret that this is the softest hardwood of the bunch, so it took very little effort to push a plane across the surface. This got me thinking. Why doesn’t anyone use this wood to teach basic hand plane tech...
Let me start with the following disclaimer: “I understand that cypress is not the ideal lumber for a bench top. Please don’t try to persuade me to not do this. It has started and there is no turning back.” I picked up some 6” x 6” rough cut cypress in Florida. I’m gonna attempt it all with hand tools. I live in New Orleans and my shop is not air conditioned. I can get about an hour of hand planing done before I’m too hot to continue. Check out the ...
I am signed up for the 2013 Hand Plane Swap. Never have used a plane so I thought I should remedy that. Stopped at a few flea markets this afternoon… First one was closed, the second was a dry run and the third was, as they say, the charm. They had two booths with hand planes! The proprietor led me here: and I immediately thought ‘Those are in too good of shape to be in my price range.’ I said as much just as her husband showed up with two more from “The Tool Man...
Its been a while since I’ve written a restoration blog, so I figured I’d document this possible save. I’ve started finding a few pre-laterals and kind of like them. My “collector” status has risen to a new level so I don’t mind working on something that will be for history’s sake only. I found this #5 in an antique shop. It wasn’t marked and I had a few other items so I asked the owner what he wanted. The conversation went something like thi...
Hello friends, I invite you to join me on my newest adventure. I’m building some bunk beds for the kids. I contemplating buying them but after going to pottery barn kids and seeing pine bunk beds for $1,400 I talked the ol’ lady into letting me make them. I mean they even had planner tear out in them and everything to give them that rustic look. I can do better than that! So here is the plan: The wood is HD 2×6’s. I bought some plans online just to validate what I...
I “grew up” woodworking with power tools since my background is in remodeling. Hand planes and other hand tools of the like are not where I come from, however, it does not mean that I cannot or do not like using them. One of my favorite hand tools is a hand plane made by woodworker Mike Shea from California. It is uncomplicated in both it’s function and design. It has a black walnut sole that glides on wood surfaces like it is on wet ice. I have purchased manufactured ha...
I just started to recondition my first hand plane! I am not going to say restore just yet because I am not confident in my restoration process. I basically have just taken it all apart and cleaned it up. It was pretty rough when I picked it up off Ebay. I got it for 6 bucks and about 12 for the shipping. So for about 20 dollars I think I picked up a good deal.So far I sanded it all and polished the screws frog ext. I left the adjusting knob on and polished that the best I could. I didn’...
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