The other day while tuning up my Wood River smoothing bench plane I noticed that its tote (handle) was cracked. I called Woodcraft’s customer service number to see if they had a template or technical drawing in case I was forced to make a replacement. They did not have a template or a drawing. And, they did not have replacement totes for sale. I also could not find any replacement totes on the Woodcraft online store. To my surprise they mailed me a new one for no charge. Thank...
These make a great gift and also can easily be batch made for craft shows. Total cost for this build was $20. Check it out, share, and subscribe!
A little break in the House Renovation Action, so there was an opportunity to Work on something I’ve been building in my head for the last six months or so…I’ve had a designated ‘Work Box’ for a number of years, a box for storing personal things in at Work… My first one, I out-grew, and so I simply grabbed one that was ‘kicking around… This one is the right size for the Job, but has drawbacks… #1) It barely fits through my Locker Door (...
I’ve had these two Stanley #5’s for a couple years now and use them often. But both had broken horns (not certain if that’s the right term) on the handle/tote, making it uncomfortable to hold. I’ve been using a glove when using these planes. Finally I got around to fixing them. I don’t happen to have any rosewood, so I used the darkest wood I had – walnut. On the first one, the fix is very obvious so I stained the walnut part on the second one and it’s a bit harder to tell a repair has bee...
Back before Christmas I built this simple beer tote to present some beers, which I had bought my Dad as a gift. As this was a gift I designed it to tightly house the bottles (the handle acts to hold them in place) but this could easily be adapted for day-to-day use. Check out the video below! Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/thiswoodwork Visit Website: http://thiswoodwork.com/ Like my Facebook page: https://facebook.com/thiswoodwork Follow me on Twitter: https://...
There’s lots of planes in my workshop that need a refurbished tote to make them usable. They are all projects for a later date, I keep telling myself. This is a typical tote, found on a transitional #27 on one of my hunting trips: Here’s what I do: To fix the broken horn, I first bandsaw off the stub, leaving as flat a surface as possible. Then, after confirming a nice flat surface, I select a little block of wood of similar grain, and glue it on. I keep exotic lit...
The other day I was working from home, I was bummed out because I had been to busy to do much woodworking lately, so I said “Hey, standing desks are supposed to be good for your, and my “joinery bench” is about the right height, why not put my laptop on the bench?!” If I cant woodwork, I can at least be around my tools. One thing leads to another and while on a conference call I get the bug in me to reshape this plane tote. I’ve always disliked the shape of...
I don’t like Stanley or Veritas factory totes. I made modifications to the drawings provided by Lee Valley. The result is kind of in between the two designs. I start with stock about 1-1/4” thick and end up slightly less. The designs adjust the tote angle, making the Stanley more upright and giving the LV tote a little more angle. The front lower and rear upper radii are smaller and the positions adjusted to affect the hand angle and provide more vertical room for larger hands. My...
I cut up an old plane to get what I think might be beech wood for my num 12 handsaw tote.This plane was for scrap anyway so here we go! Then I cut it to size with my previously restored Disston rip saw.Wow! That saw cuts really fast! Then I joint the edge with one of the planes I cobbled together from a box of six planes I bought on Ebay.The plane I just cut up came out of the same box. Seems strange for some reason?Reminds me of the lyrics “From the forest itself comes th...
If there is one thing that gets me more excited than woodworking, it is 3D printing. My best days are when I can 3D print something that indulges the word nerd within. That is why I’m so excited to share this with you! I don’t own a 3D printer myself (I would buy an 8” jointer first). I rely on Shapeways to print my models for me. Something great that Shapeways also does is to allow people to offer their items for sale I have one of these cups from Shapeways and it...
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