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Project by shipwright posted 06-15-2014 12:05 AM 3426 views 4 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, I’m a Gemini. I have twin everything it seems. When I built my first chevalet in Green Valley Az. (winter home) I knew that I needed one at home in Canada as well so I built Chevy II, the Canadian cousin. My excuse then was that it was too big to transport back and forth.

Then last winter I discovered Ron Hock’s superb blades for wooden planes and built myself a set of three. I liked them so much I wanted to bring them home but it didn’t seem right. They were desert planes made of Mesquite and Osage Orange and they belonged to Arizona. The answer was to bring a few blades home and make these Canadian cousins out of coastal B.C. woods.

They may look quite familiar if you saw my previous set although I didn’t take measurements. These are made from Arbutus, like my bench, and Garry Oak, a white Oak native to Vancouver Island.

I did make one big improvement in the shoulder plane. I had problems with shavings jamming in the first one so I created a spiral exit on this one. It’s really easy to do if you have a scroll saw which I don’t in Az.

Of course no project is complete without marquetry so I added my cypher on the two larger ones.

Thanks for looking in.


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglas boats he would have given us fibrerglas trees.

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#1 posted 06-15-2014 12:20 AM

very good, very appropriate , there beautiful..

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

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#2 posted 06-15-2014 12:30 AM

Small lovely features a lot of talk about the man .. A great man.


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#3 posted 06-15-2014 12:30 AM

Paul, what beautiful work. I can hear them cutting. I feel what you mean about being of a particular place, especially with tools. Each set does belong where you have them. Why not have things in pairs if you can. However, I do hope that you stick with just one wife.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 06-15-2014 12:41 AM

Art…you could sell these hand crafted beauties…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 06-15-2014 12:46 AM

Oh those ribbons.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 06-15-2014 12:53 AM

+1 for Napaman, build them for sale and they will come.

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#7 posted 06-15-2014 01:01 AM

Another beautiful set of planes. Now that your back in Canada you have to split your time between woodworking and sailing and it appears your woodworking time has been well spent :)

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#8 posted 06-15-2014 01:05 AM

Very nice Paul!

-- I never finish anyth

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#9 posted 06-15-2014 01:28 AM

Awesome (again)

The more I see hand made planes, the higher up they move on my list.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 06-15-2014 01:40 AM


Happy Birthday Gemini,

From another Gemini. You are a master woodworker!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 06-15-2014 02:07 AM

Very vine design, Paul. An excellent tool!!!!!!!.....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 06-15-2014 02:22 AM

Nice work Paul, very nice.

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#13 posted 06-15-2014 02:31 AM

wow. As always Paul, those are incredibly well done.

-- Steve

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#14 posted 06-15-2014 02:33 AM

LOOKS super good, Paul!

Happy Birthday…!!

I’m a Gemini too…

I knew you were getting hooked on those hand tools, planes especially. :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#15 posted 06-15-2014 02:41 AM

What a nice birthday present to yourself. My birthday is coming up soon…
Those are beyond awesome, Paul. Your work inspires me. Thank you for sharing!

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL There are three types of people...those who are good at math and those who aren't.

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