I’ll admit doing the sharpening section is a bit difficult for me. Not because I don’t have anything to share but because so many people have taken the time to produce some really great material on the subject. I thought, what original material can I add to the subject? The answer is none…sort of. For awhile I was not OK with that, until I saw something that put me right back on track. This picture in my copy of The Pine Furniture of Early New England set a firewor...
Occasional Table Class (Hand Tool Build) #9: A brief bit about sharpening (dont worry more detail will come)
Now you have brought your tools home and maybe even gone to the effort of finding nice homes for them in your work space. You might even have started tuning them up and that good. The most important part of making a hand-tool work is getting and keeping the edge sharp. a planes sole can be flat as can be and still be a paperweight because the blade is dull or sharpened to a bad angle. In the next section of this class I would like cover how to sharpen all of the edged tools in the kit. ...
I saw Roy Underhill using one of these, and I thought it was the Bees Knees. I really wanted one. I have been searching ebay for an affordable one for quite sometime. I got this one for about $20 shipping included. Problem with cheap antiques is there is always gonna be missing parts, or unrepairable damage. This one was missing the blades and the screws to hold them. I figured I could buy new blades or cut them out of an old blade. So after arrival, I checked it out, and the fence mov...
Did a search on LJs for anyone using the venerable Stanley #78 and found nothing. Tonight in the shop I staged a bit of a dry run with the plane, making a ‘raised panel’ drawer bottom, and took some pictures along the way. First step was to check the iron. I bought the plane probably more than a year ago and my sharpening skills have improved since then, so it was a natural place to start because “sharp fixes everything” and I’m going to be cutting across the grain… The back had to be flat...
Edited 1-12-2014 Edited to add some notes for plane restoration and for further free hand instructions and clarifications. I use an 8” aluminum oxide wheel for my bench grinder. And yes I’ve put the cover back on. I can still burn a blade if I’m not reasonably careful, but It works fairly well. I like the 8” wheel because the hollow in the bevel is smaller, making for a stronger edge. I also made this bench guide similar to one in one of Krenov’s boo...
Just cut into these Saturday 25th!Just beautiful!!!
When I was slabbing it you could definately smell the walnut but it was different from the Claro and English. These have great dark black lines that are marbled. Beautiful white sap wood and hart wood. These are pics of some of the slabs. Cutting Wood Is A Blast!!!
The bottom was flat enough for rough work but not fine cuts impressive after 137 years and a trip from coast to coast. Now I needed to make it flat enough for fine work. I found it fitting that my old plane was being restored by my newest plane. My vise crapped out (my fault, need to give me bench it’s yearly tune up…which may be the next next blog) so this is a good improvised set up for planing (yet another reason to make your bench clamp friendly) I use winding st...
So I made a mistake. Not a big one but definitely avoidable. When I set my grinder up, I used a nice thick blade to figure out where may angle should be. Unfortunately I forgot to factor in the tapered blade on the old plane makes a RADICAL 10 degree difference to my grinding angle so I realized that I had a 20 bevel angle about early enough correct it. I tapped the stand forward so I ended up with a second bevel of 30 degrees. Believe it or not the secondary bevel is big enough to reference ...
Never try to outsmart a dead guy. If you see something that worked a hundred years ago, don’t try to improve it, that’s not your job. Your job is just not to mess things up. Moderns tend to put way more aggressive a camber on there irons than needed, Lee Valley and Lie Nielson put a 3 in radius on their scrub planes. A camber that size is great for removing wood in a hurry, and on it’s own a 3 inch camber sounds like a great idea. But our ancestors realized that each tool wa...
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