It has been a little longer than expected but here I am. I won’t bore you with my excuses, rather I’ll show you the little progress I’ve made over that time. Yesterday I set up to do the back joint. This joint is roughly a meter long, by 32mm wide, and is vital because in the end, after all the carving, it’ll lose about 98% percent of it’s glued area while still required to hold two boards each about 23 cm wide, together ad that under about 200lbs (oops where&...
Here are the 3 hand planes that my Grandfather owned. Now i have no real experience with hand planes other than having someone set them up and letting me piddle with them, but it is a skill I would like to learn. Since these obviously need some work to get them back in shape, I figure this would be a good way to learn. Hopefully with some help from this community, i can restore these back to some good working order. All the blades are dull and completely out of align, even my novice self know...
Cleaning out around my built-in bench and storage I unearthed the family heirloom fore plane.Still sharp enough to bite the unwary finger… There you go, Charlie! :D
This is just a quick video of me using a restored jointer plane that a got quite a while ago. Let me know what you think. I’d appreciate any hints on how to properly use such a large plane. Thanks.
Quite a while back I acquired an old wooden jointer plane. When I got it home I took it apart and cleaned it up a bit. The blade needed some serious work and the sole needed to be flattened. I was able to complete these task and I am now ready to reassemble the plane. the problem I am having is that the plane iron and the chip breaker are not going back into the plane body as easily as I think it should. It seems to be a very tight fit. I’m afraid that if I try to force them in that I w...
Believe it or not, I finally have some pics to show of my progress. If all goes according to plan, the only thing left to do when this week is over will be the finishing work. So, here we go…. This first image was taken a few weeks back, when I had completed gluing up all the panels. There are the top, the main shelf, four adjustable shelves, both ends and the middle dividers in this photo. Starting with just rough sawn lumber, it seemed like it took forever to get to this po...
Well I finally got around to getting some BLO (Boiled Linseed Oil). While I was waiting for the firehouse table stain to dry I grabbed a plastic container and squirted some BLO in it and placed the plane straight up and down. I must say I was highly impressed with how quickly it started to work. You could literally see the oil getting drawn up through the plane. In about 10 minutes it had pulled the oil up about an inch high (out of the 22” length of the plane). Post some more pics tomo...
I have not been good about taking interim pics, here’s the number 6 after electrolysis and a lot of cleaning… she is one good looking plane! since most of the japaning was lost to time, scrubbing and electrolysis, i’m going to eventually sandblast and refinish for now the sole needs to be lapped, the sides brought to 90 degrees, and I’ve got a veritas blade and chip breaker on order (I almost went with the IBC/Crosman but for the 50% premium over lee valley...
My wife and I have a small B&B in the Applegate Valley. In an effort to work towards getting me on staff full time we have decided to start offering classes. Take a look here if you are interested. Here is a small selection of what I am planning to offer. As time and requests permit I hope to add more. Understanding Bench Planes Per Person Price: $70 In the class we will discuss the primary set of planes for a hand-tool woodworker: The fore, try, and smoothing planes. We w...
Up until just recently, I viewed hand tools as inefficient and difficult. It was black magic to me, and I knew no-one who did carpentry with anything but power tools. With much research, I have started to collect the information and possibly the tools necessary to work my way into carpentry sans power! So far I’ve got a small Stanley block plane (pictured), a Bailey no 5, a small dovetail saw with no credentials, and a buck brothers 1/2” chisel. I’ve sharpened the dovetai...
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