I brought this magnificent (note the dripping sarcasm) piece of machinery home with me during one of my flea market outings. This is a late model Stanley #4. Its painted Blue, made in the US, has a painted cap, a shorter iron than vintage, and no toe on the tote. The knob and tote is painted black, it has an aluminum frog and a pretty cheezy lateral adjuster. Now….why anyone but someone with a sickness for hand planes like me would buy this plane is a little beyond my understanding, ...
MAN- there’s a lot of great stuff in this episode! First, we talk about true dust collection power with Bill Pentz (part two of our dust collection series), Charles Neil stops by again, I show off my four favorite block planes and start an experiment that might destroy the world. Besides that we talk about the Harbor Freight dust collector, ask average woodworker five dumb questions, talk about King Tut’s stool, and that’s not even everything! ALSO- We’re making ...
Here we have a RECORD #04 Smoothing Plane.This is shown here in ‘as found’ condition, a recent Ebay purchase. I decided to to do some ‘homework’ to establish when this might have been made? Judging by the parts: -· the frog- flat machined straight sides, from 1931 to 1956. · the body- how the frog is seated. The frog receiver in the body casting was modified from a straight central rib to a wishbone shaped buttress around 1955 to 1960. This plane ha...
Hello. I happened to have little work today, so I had time to do some work on the tool chest. A few weeks ago I had skip planed all the parts for the shell, and some of the oak. Skip planing is simply using a heavy set plane to remove the twist and warpage in a board. Thats all. You do not use a try plane or smoother at this point. By skip planing the lumber before hand, the lumber has a second chance to warp if it has to, since there was fresh wood removed from both faces. Now a...
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Walnut Headboard Build A quick project that is needed but is also a nice mental diversion from the daily grind. Material pulled from inventory is (very) rough cut ‘wormy walnut’ sapwood that isn’t good for much, but is something around 5/4 thick and is long enough (and wide enough) to do the job before me. Using this for the rails, top and bottom. I’ll joint one edge, work up the face, then rip the piece before deciding on what to do with any design element. ...
What to do with a couple old, useless hand planes? This week Stumpy takes a hack saw to a pair of Stanley’s and a rabbet plane is born! And what’s a tubafore? Stumpy tames one, and it makes him feel like a real man! Finally, we rant about the new fangled technology in the workshop. Enjoy!
My Dad always kept a well used military rifle with a cheap scope sighted in and stuck away in the gun cabinet. Every year one of the neighbors, or neighbors kids would stop by wanting to borrow a deer rifle. Not wanting to let out one of his “good” deer rifles, he would gladly hand over the dully worn but fully functional piece put together for just that occasion. Well, just in case somebody stops by my shop and want to borrow a #4 smoother, I thought I’d put together a p...
A good friend of mine is selling some of his planes which means I get to benfit from this activity. I was blessed with the acquisition of a jointer plane and a Stanley No. 5. Here are some pictures I took. I think the Stanley No. 5 is considered a jack plane. I recently learned that the manufacturer’s number cannot be used to guage the type, but it’s the length that determines the type and use – at least as far as Christopher Schwartz’s book on planes is concern...
A few months ago I found the 1975 version of “The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking James Krenov” at a flee market. It was well worth the $5 I paid for it. I think its well worth the read. One of the chapters explained how to make a plane that I found intriguing. I have wanted to make a plane for a while, and this chapter just added fuel to the fire. The Kenov book probably isn’t the perfect book for making your first plane though. I really liked the planes in the book, but it wa...
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