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Cherry Bailey Hand Totes and Knobs #1: Cherry Bailey Hand Totes and Knobs

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Blog entry by newplane posted 09-30-2010 09:42 PM 1464 reads 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello Friends! I am finally back from Iraq (back to Germany with my family that is) and have started the process of making new Totes and Knobs for my Bailey collection for my #3,#4,#5.#6, and #7. I posted earlier about my “Deployment Gift” purchase http://lumberjocks.com/topics/18574 that included new Hock Blades. I was able to print out LeeValley’s Tote diagram and successfully rough new Totes for my entire Bailey collection. Tomorrow I will turn the front Knobs and hopefully pull out the rasps and shape the Totes. I am going to concentrate on one plane at a time though and go off of feel while I shape them. I will keep you updated on the progress. Have a blessed day friends.

Here is a picture of my youngest “Playing” with the future Totes and Knobs, he thought he would build a house.
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I put them back on the planes while I was at the Arts and Crafts center on post to make sure that they fit the planes and thought to snap a couple pictures of them after I got home to show the progress.

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Pic #2
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Pic #3
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Pic #4
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-- Dont just dream it, get up and live it!



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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 09-30-2010 10:27 PM

Looking good. Can’t wait to see one finished.

Thanks

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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crank49

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#2 posted 10-01-2010 01:29 AM

I see you ran the grain vertical. My Stanley #4 has the grain horizontal, front to back. My Stanley tote is broken in half about 1” above the sole also. I think the grain vertical, like yours, makes more sense. Did someone advise that orientation, or did you just do it that way because you wanted to.

I would like to make a new tote for my Stanley and am looking forward to see yours when finished.

Where did you get the diagrams?

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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swirt

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#3 posted 10-01-2010 04:46 AM

Looks pretty cool having the rough blanks all lined up like that. Are you sure about the grain direction though? Vertical seems like asking for the thinner pieces to snap off.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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newplane

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#4 posted 10-01-2010 03:18 PM

Kent—Thanks, I am hoping that they will be fixed up this next week. I have a little refinishing to do on a couple of them.

Crank—From my experience Totes with horizontal grain break because most of the pressure is put on the center of the handle. I also am using very tight grained cherry so that will help.

Swirt—I may be lucky though because I haven’t had any vertical grain issues on handles.

-- Dont just dream it, get up and live it!

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newplane

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#5 posted 10-01-2010 03:18 PM

Don’t think I will have time to turn the Knobs today. I will post pics when I get them done.

-- Dont just dream it, get up and live it!

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Beginningwoodworker

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#6 posted 10-01-2010 03:34 PM

Those looks nice.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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swirt

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#7 posted 10-01-2010 05:33 PM

I think most totes break while not in the operation of planing. Most break from collisions with other objects or floors.

You should play the lottery with your luck ;) The angle of the grain is supposed to be a bit askew to make the most of the wood strength. That’s why on the Lee Valley plan they indicate the direction of the grain and caution about being careful to follow it.
http://www.leevalley.com/en/html/16j4010l.pdf

The only better option is to make the tote out of a sizeable branch from where it joins the tree. That way you get teh best of both grain directions. I see them like that on the old wooden planes every once in a while and have seen a couple as replacements on old Stanley’s they are pretty rare though.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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newplane

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#8 posted 10-02-2010 07:18 AM

Swirt—Very good suggestions. It would be fun to hunt down some pieces of wood from a tree specifically just for that purpose, kind of like a treasure hunt.

-- Dont just dream it, get up and live it!

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swirt

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#9 posted 10-02-2010 02:32 PM

I look for them every time I’m walking in the woods… hard to find… My wife wonders why I always seem distracted in the woods. ;)

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 10-02-2010 02:41 PM

It will be nice to follow along as you progress to see how these all turn out. However, it seems like you are off to a good start. Please keep us posted along the way as you progress. Thanks

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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newplane

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#11 posted 10-02-2010 11:34 PM

I was able to get one knob done today, on the #5 so hopefully I will get the rest done next week. Man I need a Midi-Late over here while stationed here in Germany so that I can just turn when I have the time instead of working around the on post shop hours.

-- Dont just dream it, get up and live it!

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