So here we go again. It looks like you folks are having fun making some wooden planes so lets add to the fun. Here is a great little coffin shaped smoother for your collection. This is a fantastic size and a great introduction to making a wooden bench plane. The construction of the parts is a very typical arrangement and the size of wood needed to make this is much easier to find. Here are the plans in several different layouts. The download has four pages. First one is for shop reference ...
The load of ash logs made it safe and sound to McInturf Sawmill and Kiln. Here you see them staged for sawing and the ends treated with anchor seal. The ends are painted different colors for different species.The logs are then gathered with a front loader and brought to the saw. A large metal table, made from railroad track, holds the logs until they are ready to go. This sytem allows Gary to run the entire operation solo. Here we see an ash log being rolled down to the bed.As you can se...
For those so inclined, an instructional video for three simple handcrafted projects to fill an empty weekend. So turn down the sound and relax watching these craftsmen at their best. Enjoy …...... http://youtu.be/rJ1TKkkF1ps
When we started Nice Ash Planes, all the woodworkers we talked with assumed we would go the normal route, buy premade irons and drop them in our plane. Nope, we decided to learn a bit about metallurgy and then tackled that bear ourselves. The real trick is in the heat treatment, but more on that later.Our steel comes from the original steel state, PA. It shows up to our shop as 1/4” by 36” flat ground bar stock. Each bar will produce 10 blanks. The first few blades were cut w...
Note to my readers—-this is the secret project I’ve mentioned a few times. It has consumed my shop time since February. That’s why it’s been so slow on the blog for the last few months. Now that it has been delivered, I can post the details. Oh yeah, this post actually is the result of 6 days in the workshop—-some didn’t have pictures and I didn’t want to bore you with just text, so I put it all together under the title of The Lid. At last, w...
Note to my readers—-this is the secret project I’ve mentioned a few times. It has consumed my shop time since February. That’s why it’s been so slow on the blog for the last few months. Now that it has been delivered, I can post the details. Well, I went and got the new hand plane (the WoodRiver #5 Jack I wrote a review about already). Now that I have my new planing stop installed in the bench and my new jack plane in hand, I put the carving down and gave the a...
The transformation from rough swan lumber into finished moldings. With a few tips and tricks a long the way. and part two
Hello, Many years i did my sawing work on a festool table saw. I loved the machine but a heavier one was welcome. I also had a small chinees planing machine. I solded both and for the money i got i could almost buy an old europeen SICAR 5 in 1 machine. I considerd buying a new chinees combi but the sicar is an italian build machine from 1995. It has three motors each 3 KW (380 Volt) The machine was/is in bad conditon. Weight 495 Kg. From time to time I will tell my progression. When I ...
Since there has been talk of the comfort of these planes in hand, thought I would show my prefered method of hand position. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khzCNQJPTTwSmoothing a bookmatched, live edge, spalted beech buffet top.
With the sides all nice and coplanar, time to mill a rabbet for a bottom. Set up a router with a 3/8” rabbetting bit, and ran it around the edges. Squared the corners with a chisel. Now, I get told there is to be a divider in this desk. Hunt around for a piece of scrap wood to make the divider. I also needed a dado for it to be installed. So, I laid one out, about three inches from the front. handsawn, and then chiseled to remove the waste And repeat for the other s...
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