Earlier today I made a down-and-dirty hand plane till. Yesterday I hung the Stanley No. 5 and 6 on individual racks—lift up and pull out. Now it looks like I didn’t have many. I guess not, but they sure took up a lot of bench top space before. Do I buy more planes and added on for them, or do I use the free space on the left for something else? Nah. You can never have too many hand planes. :)
The second of the two shows I filmed for Charles Neil’s Mastering Woodworking show aired today. In the first show I discussed the types of handplanes and showed a bit of technique for using planes to flatten wood. In this week’s show, I demonstrate shooting the ends of boards with a shooting board, including mitered edges using a donkey’s ear shooting board. Then I take an old Stanley plane through the restoration process to show how easily it can be done. If you aren&...
Last year I acquired this rabbet plane from a computer client. I finally got around to honing the iron and tuning the setup. I ended up eyeballing the iron angle in a Veritas Mk II and came close enough that the new edge would work for this plane. It took a while to get the skew angle eyeballed and locked down. I put an ever-so-slight beveled on the corners. Wood plane are still a bit of mystery (black art!) to me. It took a lot of fiddling and guess work to figure out how to make the ...
A couple of years ago I bought a Kobalt 3-in Trimming Plane from our one-and-only box store. Since then I have come to learn how poorly made this is (and the other Kobalt planes are.) For me, money spent is money spent. And I’m always game for trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. I decided to tune this little sucker up and see what would come of it. You should have seen what this looked like before I got started. You would have had I thought to take a picture of it, ...
Last autumn we decided to remodel the kitchen. One failed major appliance started the notion. It was a cascading effect and the main reason behind all the extra work and time consumed. We won’t do that again. At any rate, I have been busy acquiring new tools and accessories, most of them coming to me because of an unexpected windfall around the holidays. I’m hoping to express this in a way that doesn’t come across as gloating, bragging or ego-tripping. Right now, I can’...
"The Woodwright's Shop" Episode Review #13: Thirty-five hand planes in one action packed, edge of your seat, wild ride of an episode!
Read my entertaining (and informative) “Woodwright’s Shop Review” blog- the guide to season two, episode three has just been finished. Take a lighthearted look at a very young Roy Underhill as he teaches us to identify and use thirty-five different (and often unique) antique woodworking planes! For more episodes, including all of season one, visit Stumpynubs.com! After you read the article below, click here to watch Roy Underhill and me (Stumpy Nubs) together in Kansas...
Step 1, now we’re really starting on our journey into woodworking. This is when I go, “Oh man. Power tools are super expensive, I think I’ll just stick to hand tools. Plus, that sounds incredibly fun and like a good opportunity to truly challenge myself.” Can you tell that I’m a newbie? What did I even get myself into. Well that was a comforting thought UNTIL I looked at the price of quality hand tools and the true difference between shoddy ones and good ones....
One of the lessons that every woodworking teacher must learn is humility. Being more knowledgeable than a new student doesn’t mean that you’re smarter [that’s certain] or more skilled. It means simply that you’ve put in more time. You have made more mistakes and after repeating them enough times you do learn to avoid them. But then you forge on to make new ones. If you, as a teacher, forget that everyone starts from a place of ignorance then each question is irksome to you. Don’t forget. R...
My ordered Veritas Mk.II Honing Guide arrived yesterday afternoon while I was out blowing snow hither and yonder. It arrived in a slightly larger box than the one from the manufacturer. I was surprised it got here so quickly. When I looked at the originating address on the shipping invoice and box it became clear why. Lee Valley Tools Ltd has a physical presence in New York State: Ogdensburg. The shipping was free. Check. It was cheaper to buy from Lee Valley directly than through one of t...
Over the weekend I setup an appointment with a computer client to review a Windows XP to Linux conversion, providing a much more powerful and newer machine than her tired old Dell. The street price for my services and machine was going to be around $250, depending on training time given. We got to talking about what I have been doing since the last we spoke (about 2 years). When I mentioned I was expanding into woodworking she told me about a stash of her grandfather’s hand tools she wo...
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