So I took some time to think about how to get better results from my drawers (well…that sure sounded better in my head then on the screen) and came up with the idea to make a shooting board. If I start with pieces that are milled properly, perhaps my drawer will look better than the first one… I mulled this over today as I hit the freshly clear-coated legs and base with a piece of a brown paper bag. I discovered this trick on one of The Schwartz’s blogs from a few years ago when working wi...
While meandering through an antique store, something toolish and vintage wooed me into a stall. It was a Stanley #26 transitional jack plane. Not that there’s anything remarkable about them. But what set this one apart was its just-came-off-the-assembly-line looks. Even the tote and knob were intact with but one chip to show for its long life. Here’s what I brought home, $20.00 the poorer for it. It had no checks. And the Stanley logo dates it c. 1909-1912. So it fits rig...
At my favorite local junktique store, I saw a badly rusted Stanley #5 jack plane. It looked complete and free of major chips or cracks except for the broken tote, and it had the hard rubber adjustment knob, which probably makes it a Type 17. I was tempted, but I didn’t really need another jack plane. “Need”, however, is such an indefinite concept. A few weeks later, I decided to check whether the plane was still in the store. It was, and I bought it for $10. Here are two pic...
Oh the joy of taking something dirty, flimsy, worn, and stained and soaked with someone elses sweat, and turning it into a crisp tool you can fall in love with.. .I know that all a plane has to be is functional. But making something that has personality as well as meeting the bare minimum of function is perhaps similar to making fine furniture rather than banging together plywood. You can’t always, but you do the former wherever you can. Also, I’ve coveted a hand plane for so l...
Today I visited a local thrift store. While I was there I picked up an old wooden jack plane. Here it is; As you can see it’s in pretty rough shape. I have to clean it up and make a new tote. The sole is not as flat as I’d like it to be and neither of the sides are square to the sole. I began to clean it up a bit and found a maker’s mark. After some magnification and some investigation I discovered that it was made by J. Kellogg of Amherst Massachusetts. I came to thi...
A quick and dirty update with pictures of progress made (if I can call it that) since the last installment. And progress has been painful because the lunchbox planer shot craps. Why is that a problem for a galoot like me? Well, the cherry I’d like to use for the front of this cabinet is substantially cupped and ‘the electron way’ was going to help me move past those flaws. Not to be, so I’ve been making boards the hard way. In no real order, here’s proof. Usin...
I bought a Bedrock 604 with a cracked side that had been welded. I knew it was cracked when I bought it, so I got it pretty cheap. I restored it and Painted the sides to help hide the weld. I used some prototype knob and tote I had made previously. It had a Sweat heart iron. So today I took it for a spin. Using my new #604 Bedrock Jack and my #604 Bedrock smoother I prepared a couple pieces of rough sawn, just for test sake. The first is a piece of pine. ...
Here are some pics of my new Stanley/Bailey No. 5-1/2 Corrugated Type 11 Jack Plane. It has not got here yet but I still can’t wait to show it off. I decided to get this exact model after reading The Anarchist’s Tool Chest by Christopher Schwarz. You can check out The Anarchist's Jack Plane - here . Mine doesn’t have any fancy engraving. just a nice light patina, but I am tempted to give it some bling (maybe golden enamel). The Type 11 models were made between 1910 &...
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...
Well I spent over 3 hours getting the iron and chip breaker sharp and square and wow. I had left them in this state Friday.The iron had a heavy camber to it. But with some honing. There is a tiny bit of damage to the corners but I had removed a lot of material and the damage will be removed with future sharpening. The first chips on the edge of a 2/4. Not to bad. I had to get a piece of walnut and give it a try.before after I am pleased with the outcome. Not bad for $22....
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