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Project by midnightww posted 10-27-2014 07:53 PM 1251 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A simple valet for my father’s birthday. Made from Spalted Maple and Bubuinga. This was my first attempt at half blind dovetials. They were a lot of fun to make,, but I have some practicing ahead of me. The maple was picked up on CL for pennies (what I told my wife anyway). There is nothing better than taking a handplane to a rough piece of wood and seeing what emerges (except maybe using a powered planer in a tenth of the time, for the more evolved out there)..

On a side note, does anyone else have trouble planing bubinga? I used a smooth plane set to nothing, tried attacking at every angle, but still managed some tearout no matter what I did..Maybe I need to try a higher angle plane, or is this just user error?

-- "Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good" Minor Myers





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exelectrician

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#1 posted 10-27-2014 09:01 PM

Bubinga has a grain that goes all over the place and is very hard to plane by hand. Try the Stanley No 80 scraper, I (noob) recently discovered the benefits of owning this amazing tool, after watching four videos on exactly how to sharpen the blade I was rewarded with glass smooth results on my torn out maple bench top. Got my No 80 on ebay I have seen them on CL too.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#2 posted 10-27-2014 10:07 PM

Ahh Midnight, you are staring at the slippery slope my son—
Might I therefore suggest a low angle plane with as narrow a mouth as possible?
Even a Japanese Kanna smoothing plane would be worth a try—even just for the philosophical exercise.
Good luck\Ron Booth in rather damp Hobart

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Hawaiilad

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#3 posted 10-28-2014 08:21 AM

A very nice looking Valet.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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majuvla

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#4 posted 10-28-2014 10:12 AM

Nice doves

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 10-28-2014 04:27 PM

Looks great, man. Never had any luck with my smoothing plane on anything harder than walnut.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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TechTeacher04

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#6 posted 10-29-2014 11:39 AM

If you pick up a number 80, get a Ron Hock replacement blade. I use mine without turning a burr.

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