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Handplane Restoration #4: End of a long week

03-24-2007 04:37 AM by WayneC | 5 comments »

Today marks the end of a long week. So I think I will take it easy tonight. Most days have been in excess of 12 hours. But, I’m still hoping to get something productive done over the weekend. Next week I will be traveling to Houston, so there will be little opportunity for creativity. Shortly after I arrived home, my daughter returned from the mailbox with my latest eBay purchase. Yes, it happens to be a handplane. Who could guess? I should try out the series capability and pos...

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Handplane Restoration #3: Selecting Planes for Restoration

03-23-2007 05:11 AM by WayneC | 6 comments »

Again I am plagued with long work days. I’m on a dinner break with one more work meeting tonight. Given this, I thought I would continue the discussion from yesterday. I’m really longing for some shop time. There are a number of factors that you should consider before you decide to purchase an old plane and once you have purchased it if you should restore it. Old hand planes can be found be found in a wide variety of places including garage sales, flea markets, antique store...

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Handplane Restoration #2: Preparations for restoring a hand plane

03-22-2007 05:58 AM by WayneC | 8 comments »

I’ve had a couple of 12-14 hour workdays this week and have not had the opportunities for restoring any planes. I decided to take a little time this evening to discuss items that will be needed for the restoration process. The basis for this list comes from the Ernie Conover Video on Reclaiming flea market planes. Hopefully, he will update this video and release on DVD. The list is as follows: Lap Plate – used to lap the sole and sides of a plane- Plastic Laminate – ...

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Handplane Restoration #1: Planes, Planes, Planes

03-20-2007 05:52 AM by WayneC | 25 comments »

After a long week at work, I decided it was time to start the process of restoring my bench planes. I have been collecting them for a while with the intent of getting a good set of operational hand planes. I am hoping I will get a good set of usable planes at a reasonable cost. Currently, I have the following size planes set aside for restoration: #3, #4, #4 1/2, #605, #5 1/2, #6, #7 and #8. All of these are Stanley except for the #8 which is a Sargent VBM 428. The #4 1/2 and t...

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this artisan house #3: two more for the kitchen

03-17-2007 06:11 PM by scottb | 10 comments »

Now I have a pair of tongs and a pair of spurtles right next to the stove. Why do I seem to be making my own tools in pairs? At least I think I’ll get more use out of the tongs than the (so far unused) spurtles. At least they were educational when I was learning how to turn them! I won’t stop at two tongs though. I have a pair of whisk style tongs with plastic handles that have broken. I should be able to epoxy the business end of the tool into a matching oak handle. The...

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screwdriver #1: Admit it, fix it, and move on... (now with pix!)

03-04-2007 05:11 AM by scottb | 29 comments »

First the bad news, just after my Bro-in law rec’d his homemade 6-in-1 mahogany screwdriver for christmas (and my nephew asked if he was really going to use it) it broke. Apparently the fact that I made it was a miracle, as I misjudged and left the wall closest to the business end very thin. First attempt was only a success in working out all the details in getting it on the lathe, and then off in one piece. Another second and It would have exploded on me. Like any good customer ...

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this artisan house #2: more from the artisan kitchen

01-01-2007 02:42 AM by scottb | 2 comments »

The two spurtles I made last fall in a woodturning class. The top one is oak the bottom is cherry. Both are finished with walnut oil, and so far remain unused. I’ve only seen Alton Brown over on the Food Network use one to make oatmeal, or perhaps it was haggis. I just don’t seem to make enough of either to neccessitate two spurtles! The turner, my brother-in-law liberated from a broken cutting board. Maple. I posted this entry pretty much verbatim over at wordpress (oh ...

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this artisan house #1: artisan household

12-30-2006 07:13 AM by scottb | 3 comments »

Back in my lumberjocks interview, I mentioned one of my lifelong goals was to fill the house with useful items made by myself, as well as other artists and artisans. (while paring down all the cheaply made, hand-me-down, and mass manufactured items) Here’s a quick first look at how things have been shaping up over the past several years. My wifes cousin, Tim made these pottery bowls as a wedding gift, even stamped them with his own chop (signature) before firing and glazing. T...

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