A few months back. Mike (jockmike2) and I went in together on a couple hundred board feet of air dried lumber at Raven’s Farm, a mill that is local to us. The cost came out to about 1.25 a board foot which was a steal as far as I was concerned. Boards have been setting for a bit, with a dozen getting acclimated to the shop. I don’t have the space for a jointer so have been working the boards with a recent plane addition and then running them through my Ridgid. Woodworking i...
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...
I think I caught the hand plane bug somewhere, maybe during the last LJ get together. It probably just festered under the surface and waited until my mind was weak enough before it bit. At any rate, after my experiences with tuning and working with my block planes, I felt the draw to pick up a smoothing plane. I checked the LN website and I am not quite ready to part with $400 to get their no. 4 and a cool little screwdriver so I went the ebay route. I didn’t see much there for a smooth...
Here is an old plane that BoxCarMarty helped me find. It seems that the British used a whole bunch of planes to make a window sash. The Americans invented a version to cut the inner and outer groves at the same time.The outer is called the stick because of the sticking board used to make it. The inner grove is a rabbet that the glass would be set in then glazed. My wife has been on me to get her a few old windows so she could put pictures in them and hang em on the wall. Well being the cheaps...
Making an ancient bucket with StefangHand plane, binding lever, lag knife This is the plane I made, and here you find the DIY hand plane blog:http://lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/20803 So time for some tool making – hmmmmmmm – I do have a soft spot on this… Hand plane Trying to figure out a design… (Never did a plane, so…) The idea, and facts (yes I’m old fashion, I draw and calculate).Press here for pdf of calculation. My conclusion a...
I post this yesterday on my blog but didn’t get a chance to post it here, so I’ll add the 2 new Sargent planes together. The #708 is posted here. I bought this plane because it came with some others that I made a deal on. It didn’t have a iron and it sat for a while. After doing some research I found out these go for a quit a bit of money, so I figured I find a blade and get it working. The #708 is a #3 size smoother. After looking around a bit and emailing a few people, ...
My wife and I have a small B&B in the Applegate Valley. In an effort to work towards getting me on staff full time we have decided to start offering classes. Take a look here if you are interested. Here is a small selection of what I am planning to offer. As time and requests permit I hope to add more. Understanding Bench Planes Per Person Price: $70 In the class we will discuss the primary set of planes for a hand-tool woodworker: The fore, try, and smoothing planes. We w...
I have been bitten by the hand plane bug recently. I used to think I was above such a disease, but alas, I am not. Over the last month it has taken hold. Hopefully it can be contained to a bench plane only type of sickness. My journey is only beginning, at this point the really only successful thing I do well in the hand plane world is pay for them. I see there is a long way to go in my technique and understanding of the tools. I find them interes...
Ok, I know type 21 isn’t really a type, its actually the type after the last type, but then we know most types are a bit vague anyhow. I am always a little saddened by some statements I hear about the later Stanley planes. Although some of it is justified, most of it can be easily overcome and all can be fixed to make a great user plane. I think overlooking these later planes leaves a whole set of possibilities off the table. Some of the things I like about the later plane...
A radius plane and a standard plane.. Both are just intended for small cleanup, finishing, that sort of thing. I actually use them on a regular basis—I love the radius plane. When I do miniature work they are also fantastic. As I mention in the video, they are a great learning tool if you want to dip your feet into some hand tools but don’t want to make the commitment to something large (in cost or size). You don’t have to try and build an entire project with it, it becom...
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