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Blog series by David Craig updated 02-03-2011 05:54 PM 5 parts 17443 reads 62 comments total

Part 1: Stanley 12-920 Block Plane

09-06-2010 08:57 AM by David Craig | 9 comments »

Evening Folks, Like many of my fellow LJ’ers, I started out with power tools and have started to develop an interest in hand tools. I have been picking up some odds and ends, when both the wallet and the need permits. I received an early birthday present from the wife, partly as a thank you for helping her with all of the cleanup and move after the apartment fire. I have been looking at the Stanley 6 1/4 contractor block plane at Lowes and have been himing and hawing on whether or no...

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Part 2: Record Marples no. 4 Smoothing Plane

10-07-2010 02:16 PM by David Craig | 5 comments »

I think I caught the hand plane bug somewhere, maybe during the last LJ get together. It probably just festered under the surface and waited until my mind was weak enough before it bit. At any rate, after my experiences with tuning and working with my block planes, I felt the draw to pick up a smoothing plane. I checked the LN website and I am not quite ready to part with $400 to get their no. 4 and a cool little screwdriver so I went the ebay route. I didn’t see much there for a smooth...

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Part 3: Going Plane Crazy...

10-19-2010 01:16 PM by David Craig | 15 comments »

Well, it would appear that I am sliding a little further down the slippery slope. I can see where, once you get started down a certain road, it is a little difficult to get off of it. A little over a month ago, my plane collection consisted of nothing, nada, zip. Now I have four, and tomorrow I am expecting the shipment of number five. It started innocently enough. I received a block plane as a thank you/birthday gift. I like mechanical things. I am a little slow on the take sometimes, but...

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Part 4: You can tune a plane but you can't tuna fish

10-20-2010 04:09 AM by David Craig | 11 comments »

Ok, last new/used toy was dropped off to my porch today until after the holidays. This one has already become my favorite of the lot, this is the Stanley Bailey No. 5 Type 11 - I bought this one for 10 bucks from ebay. The patina was heavy but the rust was fairly minimal on the body. The sole was smooth and without any pitting. I disassembled the plane and gave the parts an evapo-rust bath. While disassembled, I took photos of the distinguishing marks that ID it as a true Type 1...

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Part 5: Harbor Freight 14" x 40" lathe 45276

02-03-2011 05:54 PM by David Craig | 22 comments »

I have been corresponding with Chris (Crushgroovin) about this lathe and have noticed a few posts from people who were curious or had experiences with it, so I thought it might be deserving of a blog entry. For clarification, this is not the more solid cast iron 34706 model that gets more solid reviews since it is, in truth, a much more solid lathe. This is the lathe as listed in the HF online catalog - While I would not be one to recommend this one for purchase, especially since yo...

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