Scraper shaves my way #5: On tour and the oil bath

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Blog entry by mafe posted 05-08-2011 01:05 PM 5411 reads 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Scraper shaves my way
on tour and the oil bath…

Part five of the tour, my ohhh I take a long journey here, hope you enjoy the ride!
I have decided to do also a scraper types and set up guide after think we need that…

Time to bring out the artillery!
A hack saw to cut the brass bolts into length.

Like so!

Then make them sweet and smooth.

Here we are.
The chisel is the one I used to pare the mouths – sweet yes? It holds an excellent edge, and becomes so easy razor sharp.

Here we are the little team.

But what is this? Where are you going?
My wood friend Napoleon has soon his forty years birthday, and I have some presents for him, so I will make him a little visit, and yes I’m a child so I will bring my new tools to show him even they are not done yet.
Others might notice a book and a sketchbook…

Here he is! Trying my Lansky sharpening system, yes he sits there in his wonderful workshop with all those wonderful planes over him.
Happy birthday Napoleon!
(I gave him a frame with the original drawing for his workshop that I made for him when that was just a dream now he is there, and also I had bought him a set of trammel points from England and made him a little box for them).
Ohhh yes and he served us a wonderful beer.

I brought him also a wax I had bought in France for him, but then it was my turn!!!
Look at all these presents, and it was not me who had a birthday…
Stuff for the lathe even some wonderful Kirchen chisels.
So when I sat in the car late that night I asked myself was it really not my birthday?
Thank you again Napoleon the only man I Denmark I know who understands the thrill of a good piece of wood or a sharp edge on a tool.

Home again!
Now time to give the little fellows mouths.

Mark and cut with marking knife.
(This knife is Japanese and I gave it a leather binding).

Saw the mouth sides (here with the little zone saw that are so sweet for details, and so cheap there are no excuse not to buy one).

Opening the mouth (now with my home made dovetail chisel).

And now the little people also lay there with the mouth open!
Are you talking to me?

Time to shape the soles.

And here they are the four Jacks…
(A big hit in Denmark a long time ago!).
Ok perhaps Four tops are better on a US site

Ok we take a small pause! Look at this wonderful little vintage adze I have bought from France for 15 dollar! Isn’t she sweet?

Ok and yes I have a problem! I need order around me, look at that table, it’s kind of a sickness.

More shaping.

Sandpaper on a rod is a wonderful tool to shape with.

For the bigger parts I save time and cut first.
Here you can see why you should shape the soles before you shape the handles – then you will not need to make a setup like this to keep it straight while cutting.
But it gets the job done.

Now time to remove most of the burns, and make the surface smoother.
I prefer it is not all smooth, I have a thing with tools – they need to look like tools, not jewelry.

And some sanding. Perhaps it would be better with a scraper! I feel stupid now.

Here they are after sanding final with 400 grid, ready for the oil.

Look at the difference!!!
This makes the mahogany come to life so amazing.


And the oil bath, look how they suck that oil with joy.

That’s it for now, next time we will talk finish.

_Judging from the numbers you are still quite a few that follow, feel free to ask or comment, I love comments and questions – hope the inspiration is still there.

Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 05-08-2011 01:11 PM

Looks as if you are in full production

With the oil they are beautiful

Now they just need hands to caress them smooth

with wonderful projects

Thank you for sharing


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 05-08-2011 01:21 PM

Looking good Mads.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 05-08-2011 01:41 PM

WOW WOW WOW!!! pure woodie porn. I sure as hell agree with you that tools are tools and need to look and feel like tools, not like jewelry. Otherwise they end up as display specimens, like, say, Lie Nielsen planes, good-looking but not worthy of doing anything.

Ahem. :)p

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#4 posted 05-08-2011 01:56 PM

Hi ho,
Thomas, you are playing with your life there! The Lie Nielsen planes are wonderful and really good planes, but we can argue if they are worth the cash. For me they are too expensive compared to my budget, and they cant do nothing I cant do with my Stanleys or Records even my wooden once can do the same. But yes they are really well made, I’m really impressed by Lie Nielsens work, they are heavy as hell (good for some things), they have some nice irons in them and finally some of them are beautiful and feels good in the hand. So I fully understand those who have the money and buy these planes, I’m just not on that list, and will rather spend the money on other things. But I am the vintage architect, I love patina, life age and I know how to sharpen a plane blade so I don’t need it to be ‘ready out of the box’.
Andy, smile.
Jamie, so glad to have you arround, I hope you will make some.
Best of my thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 05-08-2011 02:52 PM

what a grand tour
and such joy in making tools

thank you mads


nice to see you at your bench

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 05-08-2011 03:26 PM

OK what can we do other than love them ….. :-)
they look great Mads now they get the colour out in the sun ….eerh light
thank´s for a fantastic tour it has been a joy to read your picturebook toturial
except when you had to make the horrorshow with a broken handle
I look forward to hear about how they have meet your expetations in a few yers time
when you have had a chance to use them alot of times :-)

take care

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#7 posted 05-08-2011 05:11 PM

These a one sweet family. I can’t wait to see the shavings they make and my question is are you making them a special home? maybe a little box or cabinet. That way they can remain together as a set.

well done!


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#8 posted 05-08-2011 06:32 PM

Wonderful journey, I really enjoyed this.
Great looking tools.

-- Chuck

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#9 posted 05-08-2011 06:47 PM

Nice adze.

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

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#10 posted 05-08-2011 07:33 PM

Nice job Mads! I am anxious to see how they perform for you.


-- And Still Too Short - "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." John Lennon

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#11 posted 05-08-2011 09:41 PM

Those Razor planes looks wonderfull,and i know cause today i was visiting Mads and borrow his bandsaw to cut some butterflykeys and drinking the best cup of coffe in the whole world :) ¨

´Thanks Mads for those wonderfull birthdaypresents. The little box is so sweet and those trammel points were awesome :) The frame with the drawing looks great and its gonna hang i my shop for ever. so sad my camera is so rotten i cant show the gifts:(

Patron..Thanks and its wonderfull to be back in buisness in my shop :)

Sodabowski….....Tell me Sodabowski which tools from Lie Nielsen have you tryed that didtn worked well or shall we say “not worhty of doing anything” I belive you have a great experience on tool and especially tools from Lie Nielsen so please be so kind and tell me which tools and why so i can avoid buying it

In advance thanks Sodabowski ;)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#12 posted 05-08-2011 10:44 PM

Hi guys,
Napoleon, I was happy that I could see the present was received with happiness.

Could this be the picture you are looking for?
When it comes to the Lie Nielsen planes my dear Napoleon then let the air out of your chest, I’m sure Paris Thomas is dead scared by now, you are a big dangerous boy no doubt… But no reason to take it personal we talk about tools, not our kids here, even if the Name is Lie Nielsen. lol. And I know Paris Thomas personal he is no bulldog.

And you had two cups, and it was not coffee, it is espresso.
No more fighting over planes on my blog please.

Jerry, a big smile to you.
RG, yes it’s a beauty isn’t it!
Chuck, thank you a pleasure to have you here.
Chelios, you might be more right than you think!
Dennis, yes I can feel they will be close friends of mine. The ugly dugly with the broken handle has now become a swan, the only one of them with a little beauty spot on the side of the mouth.
David, yes if I tried to hide my joy here I was not too successful…
Best thoughts to you guys, and thank you for taking the time to comment even there was a little dark cloud in comments – please remember I’m a love child so send private mails if needed.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 05-09-2011 01:32 AM

Coffee. Time to snag the dregs of my french press.

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

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#14 posted 05-09-2011 02:01 AM

This is my espresso darling miss Sylvia.
On this video you can get a idea of the efford going into this espresso making.
It’s the zen, the best coffee beans, the perfect temperature, the crema and the taste of something that opens your heart.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 05-09-2011 02:41 AM

Thanks Mads for the wonderful Journey. You a great teacher.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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