Ruminations, Philosophy, and Workshop Antics.......... #24: in simple things.......drivin' steel.....feelin' like John Henry!

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Blog entry by Jim Bertelson posted 05-21-2011 03:55 AM 1501 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The big door on the minibench, to access the compressor, the next step. I am going to make it lift up, so that the weight of the door will keep it in place, along with a bullet catch.

So I had to make a place for the hinge, since this is an on-the-fly plan change.

Chisel, to make room for the hinge mount. Glue chip-out chisel first, the one I had sharpened. Had to finish with a small new chisel…..the old glue chipper is better…...the WorkSharp has some work to do.

Fit the hinge mount in. But it is not to the level of the door, because of where I had to place it.

I had to overlay it with a 0.25 inch x .75 inch x about 18 inches long piece of pine, to level it to the door.

Needed trimming down on the wide 3/4 inch side, more on one end than the other.

Sand it perhaps….....?

Titebond III glue on, put it in place, ohmygosh can’t sand it there… and no shoulder plane…..)-:

So I picked up that piece, the backside laden with glue, stuck it in the old wood vise, ah hah!!!

....a challenge…....can I fix it, before the glue dries…........

To work…with the block plane, 18 inch target…out come pretty curls….... adjustment needed, in the groove….

Back and forth… fast as I could…dappled sunshine streaming through open doors…...wind whistling, ruffling my shirt, tousling my hair…

Plane some, out of the vise, put it in place, check the fit, back to the vise….plane some more…out of the vise….put it in place, check the fit…back to the vise….....plane some more….....

Well, no other way to make that piece fit….with the glue on…before the glue dried.

Yup I did it…..

...where was the crowd, cheering me on, I beat that machine with my hand plane….......(-:

So got it done before the glue dried and clamped it in place.

Of course…......I could have wiped off the glue….....but…....come on… was a challenge….... in simple things…......

...the scene…the piece gone and done…ready for the door fit tomorrow.

......ain’t there a few whisps of smoke in those shavin’s?

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#1 posted 05-21-2011 04:11 AM

look at the curl in those shavings…another great fix by the semi retired doc who is working on a second shop down in the lower 48…but now back in the great state …i should try and get a poem in here somewhere…there was doc jim working on a whim that something needed to be done, so he got out his plane and shaved away the pain and what do ya know but it worked…another project to be won from the doc of fun and more to come later he said…so he finished the day with a little wood olay and well call it good for the night…....well i just had to put something in here…lol…. and i just realized that the plane is stainless , just like the tools you use in the operating room…now is that something or what…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 05-21-2011 04:18 AM

Ah shucks….....I’ll have Sherie read the poem to me to put me to sleep tonight…......(-:

Thanks, Grizz, as always…..............thought you would enjoy the curls…........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 05-21-2011 04:28 AM

Aren’t those little victories sweet?!?


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 05-21-2011 05:39 AM


Thanks as always…...........

...every Tuesday morning, as we are sipping coffee…....Sherie says…....

“What do you want for supper tonight?”

......and I always say…..

“The World’s Best Pizza!!”

.........and we laugh…....

And that evening, I eat the world’s best pizza, made with the world’s best rolling pin…......

.....have a good weekend, buddy….....

Alaska Jim

..........and by the way….....Alaska is going spectacular as usual at this time of year….....the sun was shining through the open doors at opposite ends of the garage, as I wafted away some Watco smell, and the wind did ruffle my hair…......pretty neat. Now it’s 1930 hrs, and the sun is high in the sky….....looking like 1500 hrs anywhere else. Wind is blowing, the chickadees are sounding their mating call (now that the Merlin’s have left the neighborhood), and all is right in the world.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 05-21-2011 05:52 AM

Boy do I resemble those on the fly plan changes!

By the way, that is a great photo!

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#6 posted 05-21-2011 11:46 AM

Love those shavings Jim and your little plane too. Woodworking taught me the happiness to be found in all the small triumphs we enjoy in the shop, and this seems to be the case with you too. it is strange how much these simple pleasures enrich our lives. There must be a message in that somewhere.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 05-21-2011 03:01 PM

I had curls like that when I was a little girl!!!
And… around New England, John Henry owns the Red Sox!
Design changes challenge our imagination and often make for better work.
Nice work, Jim.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#8 posted 05-21-2011 04:03 PM

hey Doc. you better check the patiant he most have feber
he just finished a job with a handplane …. something is deffently wrong :-)

hello Jim nice to hear your mild voice again , I´m sure your vallet didn´t liked it when you bought
that baby on the picture :-) but it sure does make some nice curls
and have wee known you had plan´s about swetting like that we wuold have lined up
try to confuse and delay you … know that … LOL

take care

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#9 posted 05-21-2011 04:05 PM

A pretty plane along side of some beautiful shaving curls!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 05-21-2011 05:14 PM

dbhost David
I do fairly well with the projects I design myself, in fact I rarely use a preprinted design. But occasionally I realize that there might be a better way to do something as I go along. And following your blog, I know that you and I think alike in that regard.

The photo is definitely staged, although a lot of the shavings landed there, and that’s where I set the plane while checking the fit. Those are the shavings I generated as I worked as fast as I could. Of course I rearranged the shavings a little, and got the handle of one of my chisels at the corner…..a 40 year old Craftsman waiting to be sharpened, actually a pretty good chisel…...Swedish steel, made in the Netherlands. You get a view of the wood vise, another 40 year old item, although it has relatively new plywood on the jaws. The bench is my 40 year old workbench, with a 2 year old new oak veneer plywood cover. I selected the photo from a group I took, one with flash. The flash picture did not look good at all. I minimally changed the contrast, brightness, intensity, and tone to enhance the old timey feel.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 05-21-2011 05:19 PM

Roger on the Red Sox…..think I saw something about him in the news not long ago.

This project is taking way too long, but I am getting a bunch of hand tools in action, and so I am gaining skill, and refreshing some old skills. I now have part of the project finished with Watco, so that I can install hardware. The wheels, adjustable carriage bolt standards, and one hinge are also on.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#12 posted 05-21-2011 05:27 PM

The way I get planes like that is to select them in a catalog, and email the link to Sherie. I do a few items, and she them choses what she wants to buy for Christmas, birthday, etc.

Yup, it was hard labor in the shop yesterday, but nice tools make it more fun. I don’t do much hand work, but a little chisel and plane work is fine. Tuning an old plane would be very questionable because of the wear and tear on my wrists. So, instead of tuning up my old Stanley #4, I got a Veritas #4 to replace it. But I kept the old plane around for rough work, and the remote possibility I might tune it up.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 05-21-2011 05:42 PM

The plane needed a little setting up to get those curls, but I had done it over a month ago, before I went on vacation. So I just grabbed it and started planing. That plane is the premium version of the Veritas block plane, the NX60. I had emailed the link to the regular version to Sherie, along with some other tools, and just noted in passing that if she wanted to get carried away the premium version would be even nicer. She got carried away…...(-:

The plane comes in ready to go condition, all tuned, beautiful machining, and great fit and feel. It is very heavy for its size, so very stable and smooth, even when using just one hand. This plane and my #4 Bench plane by Veritas are practically the only truly expensive tools I own, relative to the average tool in the category. But I need my planes to be ready to go out of the box, don’t have the time and wrists to tune them.

Note you are warmer there in Hibbing than we are, yesterday was beautiful, today is cloudy so far, and will probably be cooler. 42 deg F, 5.6 deg C here at 0740 hrs. Not much nighttime here anymore.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 05-21-2011 10:31 PM

You sure do have a way with wood .. and words… as does the poet of LJs The GrizzMan…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#15 posted 05-22-2011 12:02 AM

Ah yes, the Grizz, poet laureat of LJ’s….........he does add color to any post…........

Hope all is well with the “boards” down under, may the boards multiply, and may you prosper…........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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