Random thoughts of wood #3: Final Bench Plane (for now LOL)!

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Blog entry by jace_robert posted 09-07-2011 06:57 PM 895 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So this morning my loveing wife informed me that the Stanley 607 came in the mail! This is the one that will need the most work out of the three bench planes I have purchaced. I am now looking at other things I need to develop my woodworking future an ideas? I am feeling drawn to studying up on chisels at this point as I am going to be working with hand tools for the most part I feel that chisels will be important in helping ensure good jointery and of course it will help my sharpening skills if I spend plenty of time makeing small shaveings getting my joints good and tight. Any one have any imput on where I should invest on my growing tool selection? Thanks for your time if you read these rambling thoughts of mine!

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#1 posted 09-07-2011 08:06 PM

a few thoughts:

A good set of Chisels will go a long way.

How are you sharpening?

What kind of saws to you have/want to use?

What do you want to build?

what’s your bench situation like?

I am currently doing a class on building with hand tools should you want any more detail on my thoughts on tool sets.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#2 posted 09-07-2011 08:19 PM

First of all, welcome to Galoot-dom or the world of hand tools. For doing hand tool work, you definitely will need some good chisels. I have basically two sets. 1) I have a decent set of what I would call my beater bench chisels. Mine are Marples. They are tough hard steel that will sharpen up nicely and hold a nice edge, but they can take some abuse. I use them for anything that would require a mallet and these are the ones I will take with me when away from my shop. I also have a set of (assorted brands) of vintage chisels that I mostly use for paring operations. No mallets ever with these. These older chisels have steel that is not so hard so they don’t hold an edge as well, but I can get them much sharper much more quickly. For hand saws, it’s hard to beat a good old Disston of any sort from Pre-WWII and they are plentious enough to find them at decent prices. Sharpening is also not nearly as difficult as some may want to make you think. There are plenty of resources on line to get you started. Also, most of the old english saws of the Pre-WWII period are pretty good as well. That 607 pland is a great plane. Good luck with getting it put to use. I have had some BedRock planes and they are great. I also am fond of the Millers Falls line (the better ones with the jointed lever cap numbers 8-24 not the ones with 4 digit model numbers) of planes. They are very similar to the Bed Rocks in my opinion in quality and functionality. One tool you should also look into just because it can be so useful is a router plane. I find mine to be indispensable. I don’t know how I functioned without it previously. Very handy for cleaning the bottom of any shallow recess such as a hinge mortise or possibly a dado. Next, I find a good low angle block plane and a good shoulder plane to be very handy and useful.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#3 posted 09-08-2011 01:02 AM

Your workbench is the most important thing in your shop. Really, really do your homework on what kind of bench to build and how to use it.

I recommend the Christopher Schwarz books on workbenches and The Essential Woodworker by Robert Wearing for a good foundation in hand tool methods.

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#4 posted 09-08-2011 03:06 AM

Second the books. But build your “ultimate bench after you have done some work, you will build a much better bench for yourself that way.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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