A Galoot Prepares #2: The Plan

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Blog entry by photonic posted 04-13-2007 06:04 AM 875 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Eveyone needs a plan so here’s mine.

The goal of this plan is to help me make the things I need to produce fine furniture and other wooden objects.

Here is my project list:

  • Saw bench
    I’m thinking something like this.
  • Saw vise
    This will allow me to sharpen my saws
  • Workbench
    Most people would build this first but with the amount of sawing needed I would first rather have my saws set up well.
  • Toolbox
    I work on my back porch, so I need something to move my tools from the house to the porch.
  • Pole lathe
    My grandad gave me a great set of turning tools. I want to learn how to use them.
  • File handles
    Grandad never put handles on his files. I have a scar on my palm from a file tang. My files will have handles.
  • Try square
    I don’t have one (I have a combination square instead), and the rosewood ones look so pretty.
  • Bevel gauge
    I’m a sucker for rosewood and brass.
  • Some planes
    WayneC’s suggestion :)

The general idea is that each project will be needed for the following ones, and that the skills used to build each will ready me for the next.

Any suggestions or designs will be most welcome!

-- Geoff Webb, Spokane WA

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#1 posted 04-13-2007 06:10 AM

I think you should build a few planes. You can always use them.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 04-13-2007 06:23 AM

I built that exact sawbench – very handy (especially since the deconstruction and continued non-replacement of my workbench) I think you can see it in my workshop pictures… thankfully my shop is (slightly) less messier at the moment – if you ignore all the dust from sanding and hamster bedding the lathe seems to be making while I’m out.

Also would like to make a pole lathe someday. Good luck with that one, I’ll be watching with interest!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#3 posted 04-13-2007 03:23 PM

I would love to build some planes! Do you have any suggestions for plans? They seem very complicated.

-- Geoff Webb, Spokane WA

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#4 posted 04-14-2007 06:12 AM

There is a good book on the subject. Making & Mastering Wood Planes: Revised Edition (Paperback) by David Finck.

Also Phil (a fellow Lumberjock) has made quite a few. His blog has lots of info.

There are also kits available, you can see my blog for some manufactures.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 04-14-2007 02:21 PM

Hi Geoff:

Saws: Try Asian-style handsaws. They cut on a pull stroke and are just the thing for galoots. Lee Valley carries a good selection.

File Handles: Since I work mainly with twigs and I like to modify my tools accordingly. I use short pieces ot hickory twigs, with the bark left on, for file handles. I choose a piece that fits my hand, drill a hole, then tap in the file with a mallet. I finish the handle with a little tung oil thinned with mineral spirits.

Saw Benches: My favorites are made from small split logs and old barnwood. I mostly work outside and use the handhewn benches whenever possible. I soak them with thinned tung oil and/or whatever other finishes I might be using.

-- 温故知新

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