The spitfire and mustang are almost there. I have painted the base and planes waiting for it to dry to put the P51 and SPITFIRE on the bases. Then clear coat each. They are both out of pine as well as the base. I still need to work on my propellers something fierce, otherwise I am somewhat happy with this. Oddly enough like the first planes which were requested by my father these were requested by my Aunt or Aunt inn law as it is. I know they are hinky but they apparently like them. I...
Found a few boards to use. Got the one 1×6x60” cut down into three boards. Glued up into a panel, and then flattened with a couple handplanes. I have a large, plastic tub sitting under the bench, to catch a few shavings Between the top, and a pine shelf, it got full kind of fast. Sawed a couple found 2×4s into some leg stock. Plan (Plan, I have a plan??) was for a notch about halfway up the legs, to house a shelf. Grabbed a small saw, and knocked off a corne...
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...
For my workbench i needed a tall stool for more accurate work and just a place to rest. This is a descripition on how i made this project. Searching LJ i found these two fine projects:- Having a fascination with all-things-Japanense (having both worked in a sushi restaurant and done karate for several years) these Singer-songrwriters chairs by Junji impressed me.- This post on shop stools by shipwright described a interesting method for dying oak black with steel wool dissolved in wineg...
At WIA this past weekend I had more than a few people ask me why I used ash instead of the traditional beech. It was implied I was using a lesser wood for plane building. While it may not get as polished as the old dogmatic standby, ash is proven harder than beech per the janka scale. It is also almost 2x more stable, according to this chart, on tangential dimensional change coefficients. The lower the number, the less the wood moves with +/- moisture.
My boss sent me a picture over the weekend and told me his grandfather’s 78 was up for grabs. Now it is mine! (insert maniacal, world conquering laugh) It is in pretty good shape. The iron will go in the vinegar tonight to soak. It is obviously missing the fence and the depth stop. I have seen some for sale on ebay, but I wanted to ask the community if anyone had any spare parts lying around. I would much rather buy from people who know and care about keeping old tools dirty w...
So my wife has made a couple comments that the girls at work saw my planes I have made in the past and they liked them. Leading to her thinking I should make some more. I honestly had stopped because as I have mentioned in previous bloggs they were for my dad who for some odd reason requested them. Anyway this got me thinking which if any of you are like me and build a project in your head several hundred times before even picking out the lumber, you know that is bad mo jo. Bu...
Today I actually found some cool stuff at the flea market. A whole bunch of bent rusty nails!!!! They are beautiful, I love them. I aslo found a useable plane in decent condition. There are always a few planes at the market, but most of the time they are in pretty bad shape. I’ve been looking for hallows and rounds as well. It has a great feel to it and nice weight, just going to clean up the blade and I’m set.
QUESTION: HOW VERSATILE IS A LARGE BLANKET CHEST OR BOX? 15 Century Chest above My opinion…EXTREMELY! Antique Pennsylvania Chest above Here are my thoughts on the simple, large, well built CHEST, dovetailed nicely or fastened with glue and screws. By the way, the items shown here I would not dare call “simple” as the craftsmen have certainly taken time and care and worked hard and meticulously for which I have much respect. 1. The Toy Box2. The Family Blanket ...
Here is some more progress of the inlay. I started off by lightly tacking the star in the position I wanted and tracing the outline with a sharp knife. Light strokes at first and then gradually deeper. And then using a chisel to remove a little v notch. This allows me to cut slightly deeper with the knife and establishes the outside shoulder of the inlay mortise. It also gives me a visual barrier to look out for on the next step. I chucked up a small straight cutting bit in m...
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