Had a lot of fun producing my video on the setup of my first Japanese plane (‘Kanna’). It’s tempting to leave the entire process in, and much easier too, but for the sake of viewer sanity I cut out periods of sole and bed scraping, and blade lapping, etc. just leaving enough to show the methods. It still runs to twenty minutes, but hopefully anyone interested will stick with it to see the results! I can’t figure out how to embed it here on the page, but you can w...
Hi, my name is John. I’m 37 and live in Nelson, New Zealand. I own a busy pharmacy (www.hardystreetpharmacy.co.nz) and have three children so unfortunately don’t get much time woodworking. When I do get some time I want to build a bench. As I’ve discovered, its not easy without one!! Most of my previous woodworking was functional – renovating two houses and basic MDF joinery. When we sold our last house I got rid of a lot of my power tools (which were well used). ...
After I completed my recent project – mini plane – I realized that the iron of this little plane was too small to sharpen it comfortably. I sharpen my edges free-hand, and this iron is just too small to hold it while sharpening. So I came up with this simple solution: some kind of iron holder made from mild construction steel. Now it’s pretty easy to do the job: When it was done I remembered how Paul Sellers made his simple jig for sharpening spokeshaves ir...
I picked up this bench plane (after bargaining) for $10 at our local antique store. It has no makings. The iron has no markings. The unusual lever cap has no markings. It is 1/2 inch shorter then a Stanley 5 but has the same width. The knob is small, smaller then any I have seen. it measures 1 1/2 inches in diameter and is 1 13/16 inches high.The iron is 2 inches wide (as expected). Help me identify it. Here are some pictures.
I am not sure how much time I’ll have for this project, so I’m taking every moment I can and do baby steps to hopefully drive this thing through. Last night I went and picked up what boards seem to be most fitting for this project that will yield the best materials for the parts. The toolbox is 10” deep, but I did not find anything that wide. the widest I have is 8” so I’ll have to make some glue ups for full width boards. I did get a good selection of mahogan...
Tools tools, I love toys, I mean tools #3: Building hand plane tune-up confidence: lapping, lapping, and more lapping
After a seeming successful first attempt at sharpening/honing, I decided to finally tune up my Groz bench and block plane. The lapping took the longest part and I went through a good amount of 100 and 120 grit paper flatting the bottoms of both planes. The block plane was significantly worse, taking close to 2 hours to flatten the bottom whereas the #4 took a little over an hour. After the lapping was done, a wipe down and thorough cleaning with mineral spirits cleaned off the metal shavin...
Well, rested up most of the day. Towards evening, got a bit busy down in the Dungeon Shop. Decided to try to mill some tenons on the three main aprons. The two sides and the back one. The front will get something a bit different…tomorrow. Laid out some lines on the ends of an apron. Set up the #78 to take maybe a 1/2” wide by a hair under 1/4” deep cut…Couple clamps to hold the board still, while I scrubbed away the waste. Found out that I needed to #1:...
I drove down the the SF bay area from my home in Sacramento this morning and ran through Woodcraft looking for a birthday present for myself. After spending a few minutes looking through the Lie-Nielsons in the case I settled on a LN-62 Low angle Jack Plane. I also considered getting one of the small (LN-102) block planes and a mini router plane, or one of the shoulder planes. I finally settled on the LN-62 because of it’s versitality and good reputation. Basically, you can use ...
Some of you might have read my review on the Stanley Sweetheart no 9 1/2 block plane. I wasn’t very kind and rightfully so. The plane had great promise but was totally ruined by bad quality control.. But a few days ago I read David Craig’s very positive review of the no 60 1/2 block plane which was downright glowing. I also read a blog entry by Woodworking Magazines editor Christopher Schwartz in which he stated he was in the beginning stages of testing an improved version o...
Since I built my sawmill a year or so ago, I’ve had one major problem. Getting logs here to mill.I tried using my log arch but, with a 24” diameter log on it, there is no fun at all in pulling it on the highway with a big log, “just a swingin” behind you, held by a couple of straps, on a trailer with no springs. I’ve tried pulling them on the trailer and then pulling them off, but that way tearing up my trailer. My trailer is a 20 footer, abou...
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