I have been looking at getting a router plane for some time now. Ebay has great deals, but if you know me you know I like making my own tools. In this video I make my own router plane using a piece of oak pallet, a thumbscrew, wing nut, and an old cheap hex wrench. I opted out of installing handles on this (like most do that are this version) because i liked the feel. I could use my hole hand instead of holding onto some knobs. Hope you enjoy and view the video HERE!
I know this video is mostly blacksmithing, but it shows the process of how to create a holdfast for your workbench. This could easily be done in a coffee can forge or a brake drum forge. Thanks for checking it out and view the video HERE
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 have started buying Stanley planes. I’m not collecting for resale. I am purchasing for use. Over the last few months, I found a No. 7, No. 5-1/4 and a No. 3 on Ebay. They all need cleaning and sharpening. I also purchased 2 No. 4’s from Craig’s List. While browsing CL last week I saw a posting for several hand tools. There was a picture of a bench plane. I called and asked the seller if it was a Stanley plane, he said no. The picture looked like a small plane with no la...
I do a fair bit of layout work with a pencil. I find it’s a quick way to figure things out on a unique project, or a unique piece of wood that you want to get all the cuts “just right”. Normally, I use a combination square as a pencil gauge when I am trying to get the width of a workpiece. As it happens, both my combo squares had settings I did not feel like losing, so I borrowed a very old carpenters trick. Holding your hands like this you can use a rule to mark o...
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Couple years ago Patrick Edwards from Antique Refinishers and the American School of French Marquetry whom I work with, was featured in 2 videos published by Graham Blackburn and bought by Popular woodworking. They have been kind enough to grant us access to those 2 videos. Here is what Patrick posted on his blog: Graham Blackburn VideosI remember when MTV first appeared and for the first time we could watch music videos on our TV. Then YouTube was developed and we could watch videos o...
To put it mildly, disorganization is a bit of an issue in my shop. I have a 2.5 year old and a 6 month old, so my shop time is sporadic and often interrupted. Working in a 1-car garage, I can’t really afford to have clutter. Thus, I decided to build a cabinet for my growing collection of hand planes and tools. The cabinet will need to have a reasonably well-sealing door, since I have an unheated shop in a humid environment and rust can be a problem. I started by making a list of ...
Sometimes you will be faced with the challenge of fitting assembly to another (a molding to a carcase for instance). In cases like this it is best to use one piece to fit the other; the fancy term for this behavior being “verify in field”. In the perfect world both your molding and your carcase would be square and you could easily do this with a knife. But you will often have little gaps from being out square. These gaps make it difficult to use a layout knife with any accuracy...
Even the most seasoned sawyer can dread a long session of ripping down stock by hand. There are quite a few ways to prevent yourself from burning out, but my personal favorite is to use different muscle groups as I go along. I will start by ripping on my saw-bench, kneeling on my work. As I go along I switch to this position. It may look awkward, but it’s rather comfortable and gives you an excellent view of your saw for keeping it both plumb and on your cut line. It...
I am very partial to wheel style gauges. Not only do they leave a crisp lines but you can use them as an extended and delicate routing plane for all sorts of fine operations. Hear I am using it to get a hinge installed. Try it out some time. Ryan
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