Shop Journal #2: Shop Update: Box Making tools and a little Turning

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Brian Havens posted 05-02-2011 08:45 PM 4495 reads 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Shop Safety Outside of the Shop. Part 2 of Shop Journal series Part 3: Groovy Grooving Planes »

A video update of what I have been working on in the shop lately. Enjoy.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

7 comments so far

View Tim Dahn's profile

Tim Dahn

1577 posts in 3801 days

#1 posted 05-02-2011 11:30 PM

Always enjoy your videos Brian, please keep us posted on the grooving plane. I really like that long plane, need to make one similar.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

View branch's profile


1142 posts in 3390 days

#2 posted 05-03-2011 12:25 AM

HI BRIAN great video enjoyed it
you could be my twin brother we look a lot alike
you just look 10 years or more younger than me

View alfred222's profile


98 posts in 3202 days

#3 posted 05-03-2011 03:45 AM

Thanks for the idea and the great how to.

View bigike's profile


4055 posts in 3524 days

#4 posted 05-03-2011 04:54 AM

great vid very informative, I think I asked before but where do you get your tool metal from and what kind is it? You know how they have like different types of metals eg. (t6039 aluminum) or do you just look for tool steal.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

View Maveric777's profile


2693 posts in 3312 days

#5 posted 05-03-2011 12:48 PM

Cool video Brian. I will have to follow your lead on some shop built tools. I ran into the same exact issue needing a 1/8th chisel. I still remember me cringing at the price of my Two Cherries when I ordered it…lol.

Keep the great videos coming….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

View MNWOODWORKER's profile


105 posts in 3821 days

#6 posted 05-03-2011 03:03 PM

As always I enjoyed your video and really hope you do another on tool making like you were thinking.

View Brian Havens's profile

Brian Havens

196 posts in 3341 days

#7 posted 05-03-2011 07:16 PM

Thanks all. I do like making the videos.

timbo: I did figure out the problem with the grooving. The 1/8” tool bit (the same bit I used for the chisel) was too smooth, and the plane bed and the wedge simple could not get a grip on it. I scuffed the top and bottom of the bit with cross scratches, and now it stays set. Although this plane is more or less functioning, I am thinking of calling it a prototype since it got kind of mangled during experimentation. It needs to be a little taller in order to make it more comfortable as well as a couple of other tweaks.

I did discover another issue by the way. For some reason I thought that I would be abled to do stopped dados/grooves with this, but that ain’t gonna fly. That would require something without the front sole, like a chisel plane. Doh!

branch: A little uncanny. I do have a smidgen if Irish in my blood. LOL

bigike: I get most of my bits here:

I use the M-2 HSS. They have Cobalt bits too, but since HSS works fine and the Cobalt is more expensive, I stick to the M-2 HSS. I did buy some longer 3/8” and 1/2” HSS round bits from a site called “pixie rod” or something like that, but I can no longer find the site. On the other hand, I am finding for spindle turning, really long tool bits are more of a fashion statement than useful.

The part number for the 1/8” square chisel is 383-5308; The part number for the 1/4” round skew is 383-7015.

Maveric777: Yeah, even the Marples for $27 felt painful to me. The one I made cost about $1.40, and took me about 20 minutes to make

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics