Well I started this blog section to keep track of how things were going. They went from good to ok to bad. When putting it all together it seemed like nothing was fitting up to square. I started using only hand tools and have started making some decent progress. I have the back panel all glued up, the front frame is ready for final assembly and the sides stiles and rails are all set for the panels. Today I got out to the shop and did some work on them. This is my first raised panel (machine o...
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I got the iron cleaned up yesterday. Check out my website for more details. I was pretty impressed with the outcome. I gotta get it sharpened now and start cleaning the plane itself. I removed the handle the other day and cleaned out the mortise for a spot for the new handle. Have some left over mahogany, anyone think that will work? Which way is best for the grain to run, vertical or horizontal?
Well today I received my big plane. It is 26” long by 3” wide. It is HUGE. Stamped New York Tool Co on the plane and the iron is Auburn Tool Co. It has some wear and tear. The handle needs to be replaced, but the bottom is flat and no major cracks. I’m just getting into the wooden hand planes. Could someone tell me type of wood should be used for the handle?
I recently purchased this old hand plane. I believe it is for making the tounges. Not 100% sure though. Does anyone have any ifo to share? Iron has Butch Sheffield on it and the plane has “W Copeland Warranted” on it. Any year range?
Well last night I was doing to mortises by hand. This was the first attempt I was making at these. At first they were a little bit tough. I couldn’t get a good amount removed and it seemed like it was taking forever, just like anything for the first time. I was determined to learn and not just give up. It would be nice to have an additional skill added to the woodworking bank. It was right around 10:30 or 11pm and I was getting a little tired (I’ll deal with that point later). I w...
Sharpening chisels—forget weaker micro bevels Controversial though it may seem, and though adopting micro-bevel methods for sharpening chisels may seem to make sense, a freehand convex bevel actually gives exactly the same sharpness as any micro-bevel method, but takes only a fraction of the time to develop. A convex bevel keeps its edge longer, is stronger than most other bevels and needs no special equipment beyond a pair of hands. Establishing the skill to sharpen the convex camber ...
I decided I was going to get some free wood from a local retail store that had left over pallets laying around. After getting permission, I borrowed a pick-up truck and got a load of pallets home. Trial and error taught me you can not just hammer them apart and expect to have any usable wood. I finally used a handheld circular saw and carefully missed the nails as I disassembled the pallets. I managed to get four small pieces that looked like they could make a box. I cleaned up the edges o...
I wanted a chair for my daughter’s cubby house and was looking to buy something 2nd hand. I came across a chunky pine post in my back shed and inspiration struck. I decided I could make a chest that could provide some storage for toys and double as a bench seat – I also wanted to get my head around this mortise and tenon business. I marked everything out and cut all of my tenons then cleaned them up with chisels. All hand tools so far, by necessity. I marked each ...
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