After all this time of posting project pictures and videos I’ve decided to move out of my comfort zone and move into the view of the camera. I’ve never been one who wanted to be in front the camera so for me to do this is very new. As with many of you, my goal is to create a video journal of my woodworking experience. I plan on being in front of the camera a bit more so that viewers can develop a sense of my personality. People seem to like being able to put a face with a name....
I got my mail today and could not believe what came. The label was hand written which confused me since most things to the store are from businesses. Then I saw who it was from—-David “patron” in New Mexico. Of course then I began to get excited. It didn’t matter what it was, it had to be good. I mean, who wouldn’t want to get a package from such a great Lumberjock. Obviously, I was totally shocked by such a kind gesture. I already knew David was a great guy....
Writing a blog about How to set up a Hand Plane will take a series, because it really depends on what you are trying to do. In other words, a smoother will be different than a jack and so forth, but it even goes further than that. At what stage your planing with your smoother will make a difference also. So here is a few tips to get you started, and I’m assuming this is for a smoother, so adjust as needed. - Set the frog far enough ahead so when the blade just starts to cut, it wo...
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 ...
In my last posting, I said that I had ordered a new Stanley Sweetheart No 62 low angle jack plane. I was really looking forward to testing this and putting it into the regular rotation for my hand tools. Unfortunately the plane that was sent to me had issues right out of the box. Mostly cosmetic. Among the issues were: 1. Tote was loose and had a small crack.2. Paint was peeling off the base of the plane from under the tote.3. Paint pealed off the base and stuck to the cap.4. Fla...
I thought you might like to see the bar made by my great Grandad. He made the bar for my grandfather in the 1800’s. My grandfather owned a tavern/bar and it was used there for decades. His son, my uncle, took over the bar and inherited the bar with it. It stayed there until the close of the tavern around 1960. My father then took the bar and used it as a back counter in his business. I remember it well. It was painted grey with red trim and and had pressed hardboard on the top. I rememb...
Why Sole Flatness?Convex (bulging out) and concave (hollowed out) soles will cause uneven cut depths and skipping and chattering. For a convex shape, the plane rocks front to back and/or side to side. A concave shape will cause heavier cuts at the start and end of a surface, and possibly no cut in the middle. Different amounts of downward hand pressure can affect each stroke causing more confusion. Even with a very flat sole varying downward pressure will affect the cut. Reduce the variables ...
Here’s list of the main tools I used in this bench build:- a “scrub” plane (a cheap modern Stanley #5 that I heavily cambered the iron on)- a pair of cheap modern Stanley block planes (LA and regular)- a cheap modern Stanley bullnose rabbet plane- a vintage Stanley #7 Jointer plane that I bought off of eBay- a LV LA Jack plane that I got for Christmas this past year- a cheap Great Neck brand crosscut panel saw- a cheap Putsch brand rip panel saw- a cheap modern Stanley copin...
Got Wood? yeah, i got wood (and no it’s not because i’m glad to see your teenage daughters). i drove to kona (the other side of the island) to pick up the hem-fir. i had to go to lowes because home depot didn’t have any untreated, construction grade 2×6’s. i now have a workbench, so here’s a couple pics of my unimpressive, yet functional workbench and another one of most of the project wood: the day after i bought it, i noticed some holes...
So yesterday I went to the lumber yard and bought all the wood I expected to need for the lego table. I was pleasantly surprised at the price. I bought 12.5 board feet of kapur (30’ of 1”x4” and 10’ of 1”x3”) for $18.25 and a 4’x8’ sheet of 1/2” plywood for $13.75. I tried to pick boards that were straight and not warped, and at least in that respect, I succeeded. Today I had some good dedicated shop time. My first task was to cut the b...
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