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My first woodworking project.

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Project by CreekOne posted 08-27-2014 06:24 PM 2943 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first woodworking project that was not craft/bushcraft. It was a bet with my father, he was looking for a piece of fotlist (google translate it to toe-board or skirting) for the house renovation and restoration.
I said I could do it because he could not find anyone that would do it at a reasonable price. He needed about 2 meters that looks like the original and he could not fine it anywhere and no woodworker would do only 2 meters.

So I borrowed some old Stanley planes, a wooden “Rubank” and some other tools and went at it.
I did some measurements of the original, found a nice piece of straight grained Swedish Pine (Pinus Sylvestris).

The first thing I did was to axe it to rough width and than plane it down to finished width. I than measured and marked the thickness and started to make saw cuts at 50mm width across the plank and than used the axe to remove wood to the rough thickness. After this step I had to play with some old planes, first the “Rubank” wooden plane, Joiner plan, and than down to a #5 Stanley and finish it off with a low angle block plane.

Now I have a 2 meter long square piece of wood at the same size as the original, now the best, worst, hardest and most fun part starts. With a chamfer plane, old old Stanley, I started shaping the wood down to the layers and to finish it all I had to freehand the 45º angles.

This project was the hardest work I had ever done as a young and former computer programmer and it got me hooked on woodworking and after 4 years and a lot of machines later, I still make a more precise result with hand tools…





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mmh

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#1 posted 08-27-2014 06:31 PM

Cool story with a neat end product that helps out your Dad.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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RussInMichigan

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#2 posted 08-27-2014 10:59 PM

Yes! To me this is the epitome of woodworking, woodworking at it’s very best.

Thanks for sharing this.

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CreekOne

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#3 posted 08-28-2014 03:50 AM

Well i still fo this type of work, i have a small house with roots from the 1500s… With a lot of strange modifications over the years. Lot of nice projects to dö.

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mudflap4869

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#4 posted 08-28-2014 06:17 AM

Great looking work. It appears to be what Americans would call a threshold for a doorway, but I am not familiar with the terms you used. Thanks for posting it.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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CreekOne

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#5 posted 08-28-2014 06:45 AM



Great looking work. It appears to be what Americans would call a threshold for a doorway, but I am not familiar with the terms you used. Thanks for posting it.

- mudflap4869

Well no, its a small piece of board that sits on the wall by the floor under vertical frames that goes around doors in early 1900’s jugend style achitecture to mimic the foundation of marble pillars in ancient greece or rome.

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#6 posted 08-28-2014 08:25 AM

That is really cool, and loved the story. Woodworking allows for a lot of creativity, and just plain fun. Welcome to LJs

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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