It’s been awhile since I have made any sort of update here so I wanted to say a bit of what I was up to. But first and ode to one of the unsung heroes in my shop. !https://s3.amazonaws.com/ljimg/ll2ang9.jpg! This lovely little plane just does not get enough credit. The mouth is wide, it has no chip breaker, the sole is almost flat, the sides are dented beyond all repair and yet without this little guy I could not work the way I do. As you can see I have never used this as a true ...
As part of my $175 bench project I did a big glue-up of Douglas Fir boards. Over twenty boards went into the top and due to an oversight on my behalf I ended up bowing the top. In order to level it all out, I needed to take off a fair amount of material. I started to do just that with my number 5 jack plane but I quickly realized how daunting the task was. I knew I needed a better tool to tackle this beast of a problem.I started looking around for a number 40 scrub plane. After going thr...
After my recent Little Good Pieces post, “Scrub Plane on the Cheap”, I received a comment by Swirt from Timber Frame Tools. It had some great info, and I’d like to repost a portion of it here for those that don’t read my blog or its comments: “Good article Robert. I’ve been using a No5 as a scrub for a long time and it works well. To get the most out of any given scrub, the amount of curve can be optimized without too much trouble. The recommendation of 3″ r...
There’s a new Little Good Pieces blog post: “Scrub Plane on the Cheap”. Read about how I converted a beater No. 4 to a scrub plane: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com/2010/11/18/scrub-plane-on-the-cheap/
If you have ever had material that is too large for your machines, fear not. In this video I demonstrate how I use a set of planes to achieve a time honored technique by flattening, thicknessing, and joining a live-edge, cherry table top. I hope you enjoy and please feel free to give me feedback so that I may improve in both my woodworking and video abilities.
The following is excerpted from my blog, The Renaissance Woodworker. I hope you enjoy it. We had less than perfect weather this year in Maine and while it made for bad kayaking and sun bathing, it was great for a pilgrimage to Warren, ME. Just up the road from the world famous Moody's diner you see that telltale red roof come into view. When you first step through the door into the showroom, you cannot help but take a deep breath and sigh. It is a beautiful showroom done in all h...
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