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"Waste not, want not..." #1: This Poor Man's Workshop : Plane and Simple

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Blog entry by Paul David Soto posted 921 days ago 4224 reads 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Definition: waste not, want not
“Wise use of one’s resources will keep one from poverty. For example, I just hate to throw out good food waste not, want not . This proverbial saying was first recorded in 1772 but had an earlier, even more alliterative version, willful waste makes woeful want (1576).”

As part of my woodworking “growing” experience, I’ve decided to challenge myself by making the most of things that I tend to have laying around as scrap, waste, and just plain ol’ junk. While rumaging through my frigid garage, I stumbled upon a piece of Honduran Mahogany (Or at least it’s what I have been told it is…), that I had placed in my scrap pile bin (Those plastic Walmart bins are excellent moisture deterents when you add a bag of desiccant to them). With it, I was pondering the start of a mini-project consisting of piecing together a wooden plane. Some FYI Stuff Ahead: I’ve been experiencing a case of “idle handsman disease” at the moment since: 1. My house isn’t properly wired for my TS (Using the WW lingo already, lol!) and, 2. Still waiting for my V-belts to come in the mail. (Part of the whole “Do it right the first time” New Year’s resolution I’ve set for myself. End of FYI Stuff… So I thought to myself, ” What a great time for “This Poor Man’s Workshop Wood Planer Project”!, right?...right?. As a sign (I hope), I have also found a somewhat decent blade (Kept from an ol’ Harbor Freight Cast Iron Plane that just simply dispized wood and aerodynamically exited my shop at 4G speeds during an earlier project (The issue was the plane, not the blade). I know many of you may have a tad bit (okay, quite a tad bit more) of insight, wisdom, experience and information to share with a rookie such as myself. All guidance provided would be greatly appreciated and repaid for in kind prayers. Pictures included for the picturefiles out there… ;)

As always, thank you for following me down this rabbit hole adventure…

-- - As a woodworker, it could be interesting sometimes waking up in the morning and asking, "Lord, what will you have me do today?" -Noah



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canadianchips

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#1 posted 921 days ago

A simple start would be making a scrub plane ! A german style with the front horn is always nice to look at and to use.
Then a small block plane – same profile
Then a smoother
Then
Then
‘Then…......the list can go on and on !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Paul David Soto

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#2 posted 921 days ago

@canadianchips – Sweet scrub plane! German Engineering always captures my attention. I drove a Wolfsburg VW until the wheels literally feel off… Oh, I was also recommended David Finck’s “Making and Mastering Wood Planes”. What do you think? Now the challenging part is getting the kids ready to head out to the Bookstore. Thanks for sharing and getting the suggestions rolling…

-- - As a woodworker, it could be interesting sometimes waking up in the morning and asking, "Lord, what will you have me do today?" -Noah

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Paul David Soto

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#3 posted 921 days ago

Well, no luck finding the book. Going to have to order it online. Until then, back to cleaning the shop and waiting patiently.

-- - As a woodworker, it could be interesting sometimes waking up in the morning and asking, "Lord, what will you have me do today?" -Noah

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Dave

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#4 posted 921 days ago

Paul words of wisdom. You are on your way, and with that attitude you will get there in no time. Hand tools to me, have to be learned. You can read, watch video’s and be told how but you have to get in there and stay at it. If its not working change one thing and try again.
Great post.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Tokolosi

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#5 posted 921 days ago

Sorry, no help on the planes but Im sure as heck going to follow this blog with interest.

@ Hybridhelix; your VW’s wheels fell off?! Normally you have to loosen at least three wheelnuts on those before you can make the bloody wheels fall off so you can replace the car. Lol! I drove my VW for what seems like forever. Took a distracted driver skipping a light at an intersection to finally bury it. Fantastic vehicles. Every single model! Also my father taught me to paralel park in a manual 70’s era VW bus. If you can paralel park that thing you can paralell park anything!!! Thing had a three foot long shifter! And yes, it was avocado green with a white top. Werent they all?

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 920 days ago

take a look at Div´s blog about making a plane
there is others who have made planes and blogs about it too

good luck
Dennis

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Paul David Soto

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#7 posted 919 days ago

Okay, this always happens to me…I have an entire weekend to myself and I mean to accomplish a task or two only to find that I am missing tools or resources…Then on day two (or three in this case), I find the resources I need and it’s too late to make any progress…bummer! Well, at least I got lots on intel and I found an intersting link to brainstorm over some hot tea (Something new I’m trying. They say it’s great for anxiety disorders). May God pour out His blessing upon you all and may you all have a great night. As always, thanks for your direction and guidance. I greatly value it.

http://www.crfinefurniture.com/1pages/sitelinks/howplane.html

-- - As a woodworker, it could be interesting sometimes waking up in the morning and asking, "Lord, what will you have me do today?" -Noah

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Dave

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#8 posted 919 days ago

Paul if you would like some reading tese are rss feeds
A Furnituremaker’s Notebood by Darrell Peart
Feed address: http://darrellpeart.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Adventures in Woodworking
Feed address: http://adventuresinwoodworking.com/feed/
Arts & Mysteries Blog
Feed address: http://blogs.popularwoodworking.com/blog3/SyndicationService.asmx/GetRss
Benchcrafted
Feed address: http://benchcrafted.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Blended Woodworking
Feed address: http://www.blendedwoodworking.com/?feed=rss2
Bob Easton
Feed address: http://www.bob-easton.com/blog/?feed=rss2
Brese Plane
Feed address: http://breseplane.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Close Grain
Feed address: http://www.closegrain.com/feeds/posts/default
CreatingSadust.com
Feed address: http://feeds.feedburner.com/creatingsawdust/vWXG
Dan’s Shop
Feed address: http://dans-woodshop.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Design Matters
Feed address: http://georgewalkerdesign.wordpress.com/feed/
Eccentric Toolworks
Feed address: http://eccentrictoolworks.com/feed/
Evenfall Woodworks
Feed address: http://www.evenfallstudios.com/woodworks/feed/
First Light Woodworking
Feed address: http://firstlightwoodworking.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Galoototron
Feed address: http://www.galoototron.com/feed/
Heartwood
Feed address: http://www.rpwoodwork.com/blog/feed/atom/
Joel’s Blog at Tools for Working Wood
Feed address: http://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/Merchant/merch_rss_start.mvc
John’s Blog (Bridge City Tools)
Feed address: http://www.bridgecitytools.com/blog/feed/
Logan Cabinet Shoppe – blog (My personal favourite)
Feed address: http://logancabinetshoppe.weebly.com/1/feed
Lost Art Press Blog
Feed address: http://blog.lostartpress.com/SyndicationService.asmx/GetRss
Lumberjocks.com RSS Feed – All posts (Includes everything posted on LJs including projects, forums, blogs etc. If you don’t want to receive everything, then you can subscribe to just the projects RSS feed for example.)
Feed address: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/lumberjocks-all
Matt’s Basement Workshop
Feed address: http://mattsbasementworkshop.com/feed/
Musings from the Workbench
Feed address: http://cornishworkshop.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Peter Follansbee, joiner’s notes
Feed address: http://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/feed/
Philsville
Feed address: http://philsville.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Popular Woodworking
Feed address: http://blogs.popularwoodworking.com/editorsblog/SyndicationService.asmx/GetRss
The Bois Shop (another of my favourites)
Feed address: http://theboisshop.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
The Cottage Workshop
Feed address: http://richardmagbanua.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
The Folding rule
Feed address: http://foldingrule.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
The Incidental Woodworker
Feed address: http://incidentalwoodworker.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
The Part-Time Woodworker
Feed address: http://theparttimewoodworker.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
The Refined Edge
Feed address: http://refinededge.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
The Sharpening Blog
Feed address: http://hocktools.wordpress.com/feed/
The Unplugged Woodshop
Feed address: http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheUnpluggedWoodshop
The Village Carpenter
Feed address: http://villagecarpenter.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
The Woodhaven
Feed address: http://thewoodhaven.co.uk/phpBB3/blog.php/feed/
The Wood Whisperer
Feed address: http://thewoodwhisperer.com/feed/
Toolemera Blog
Feed address: http://feeds.feedburner.com/ToolmeraBlog
Toolmaking Art
Feed address: http://toolmakingart.com/feed/
Wenzloff & Sons
Feed address: http://wenzloffandsons.com/wordpress/feed/
WoodTreks
Feed address: http://feeds.woodtreks.com/woodtreks
Woodwork Joints
Feed address: http://woodworkjoints.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
Woodworking Magazine
Feed address: http://feeds.feedburner.com/woodworkingmagazine
Here is a list of the audio and video podcasts that I subscribe to in iTunes and watch/listen to either on my iPod, on my PC or on my TV using Apple TV.
Fine Woodworking.com
Podcast URL: http://finewoodworking.blip.tv/rss/itunes/
Handtools & Techniques
Podcast URL: http://handtoolstechniques.blip.tv/rss/itunes/
The iWoodwork Podcast
Podcast URL: http://iwoodwork.libsyn.com/rss
Matt’s Basement Workshop
Podcast URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/MattsBasementWorkshop
Spoken Wood Podcast (from Matt Vanderlist)
Podcast URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/SpokenWoodPodcast
Modern Woodshop
Podcast URL: http://modernwoodshop.blip.tv/rss/itunes
Popular Woodworking
Podcast URL: http://popwood-videos.blip.tv/rss/itunes/
The Renaissance Woodworker
Podcast URL: http://renaissanceww.blip.tv/rss/itunes
Roughcut Show – Woodworking
Podcast URL: http://www.bobvila.com/RoughCutShow/rss.xml
The Sawdust Chronicles
Podcast URL: http://sawdustchronicles.blip.tv/rss/itunes/
Splintered Board Podcast
Podcast URL: http://splinteredboard.com/podcasts-only/rss2.aspx
Tool Talk (audio podcast not specifically about woodworking, but these two guys crack me up as they talk about tools in their unique way)
Podcast URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/ToolTalk
The Way of the Galoot
Podcast URL: http://thewayofthegaloot.blip.tv/rss/itunes/
The Wood Whisperer – Wood Talk Online Radio feed
Podcast URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/woodtalkonline
Woodworker’s Resource
Podcast URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/woodworkersresourcevideo
Woodworking Online Podcast
Podcast URL: http://www.woodworkingonline.com/category/podcast/feed
Woodworking with The Wood Whisperer – iPod
Podcast URL: http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheWoodWhisperer
That should be enough to get you going. ENJOY!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Paul David Soto

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#9 posted 919 days ago

Sweeeeetttt! Jackpot from the man, the legend…Superdav!

-- - As a woodworker, it could be interesting sometimes waking up in the morning and asking, "Lord, what will you have me do today?" -Noah

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