I have ordered 3 planes, so far, that were used. Of those three, only one didn’t arrive with the iron almost fully extended. I don’t see planes at garage sales any more, but when I did, I noticed the same thing. While the blade extension might seem like the obvious problem, one of the real underlying issues here is that the cap iron is not set right. The cap iron is another item on the plane that I think is overlooked, yet is an essential piece to successful plane operation. Of...
Just a reminder guys and gals. There is still plenty of time to enter the Christmas Box Build off which ends December 3, 2012. You can enter the contest by submitting a photo of your jewelry box or keepsake box to Contest@asimpledesignofocala.com or a video entry by posting a video response to the video in the link below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aKAus5OogE There is a chance to win some great prizes from Laguna Tools , Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, Woodworkers Guild of ...
So I did what was reccomended, the big differences in width I just used my handplanes to plane it down. I remember someone on the handplane forum saying that handplanes are a slippery slope… Well i feel like it it’s more of a botomless abyss, the fall from not using one to shopping for new ones has been a swift one… :) Anyhow, planed about 1/4 off of the chesss board top. The planing was fine, took me like 2-3 hours with sharpening and testing – this was my first...
Building a sandpaper cabinet to store all my sanding products. http://youtu.be/7Lcru-W7rGc
This is my second project progress blog. I am a hobbyist who likes to try to build things beyond my skill set. I started this desk in the spring, then got waylaid by the live edge table I needed to finish. Today I started again. I am making a Curved-Front Desk from the Fine Woodworking plan. The first step is to do the legs. I got ahead of myself in the spring and did the shaping of the legs before I did the mortises. By the end of the week, I will have 8-10 double-curved cherry leg...
Hello all. I am in need. A need to fill the void. The void is an empty spot. The empty spot in an area of the shop I haven’t seen in years. There actually is a floor under all that “junk” as the bride would say. (I say golden treasures.) But, what I need now is spiritual help and a set of free plans for a drift boat or dory. I know I can build one, just need the plans. Have looked and downloaded several but cant find ones concerning a Montana style. Those guys craft some s...
Noticed that a few parts have been piling up in the shop, a base here, a frog there, a few handles piled up on the bench. I had an idea to take some of these parts, and build a “user” plane out of them. Lets see, have some frogs… But not the right style. both were Union frogs. I did have some handles to use.. I could paint the black one again… Had a few front knobs, as well Well two anyway. I could use the one with the chipped up base. needed s...
Another tool is moving into the toolbox and taking up residence. This one is a Union 42 tongue and groove plane. It was purchased to go with a Union 41 Tongue and Groove Plane I got a while back. These are functionally the same as Stanley 48 and 49 T&G planes. The Union 42 is the equivalent of the Stanley 49 and appears to be much less common that the Union 41. The Union 42 is designed to cut tongues and grooves in stock 3/8” to 3/4” thick, and centers its groove on stock...
“My Journey Towards Proficiency.” That’s a lofty statement, isn’t it? Let’s just say it’s a goal I have the intention of reaching at some level, some day. There seems to be a lot of chatter about hand tools in the world of woodworking lately and I am glad it is occurring. As most of you probably know, this can be a decidedly partisan discussion. I don’t want to get into that type of discussion because a person’s tool choice really comes down to what makes them happy and gets th...
My step father-in-law and my mother in law are going to move to Florida (hey, they older and its the law). He came by this weekend and dropped off some “old tools” that he had in a box in his shed. This last one is a Bailey #7 My only problems are: 1 – My sharpening skills suck. Saving up for a Worksharp station.2 – I have no idea how to “refurbish” hand planes3 – I have no skill with a hand plane. Need to find ...
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