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Project by Tricorn posted 03-14-2016 02:19 AM 1034 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a budding woodworker wading into the world of hand tools, I determined that the most appropriate first project would be to square and dimension a piece of rough lumber. I spent some time thinking about how I could end up with more than a square board that would land in the scrap pile, and then it came to me. I would dimension a piece of lumber to 1:4:9. Some of you may see where this is going.

I acquired a rough piece of oak and set to work with my saws, hand planes, marking gauge, and Graphgear 1000 to arrive at a board .75” x 3” x 6.75.” I had a few false starts. On one occasion, I planed past the width in attempting to square the edge to the face. On another occasion, I created a near perfect square / parallel second edge only to find that I had set my marking gauge at 2.875” rather than 3.” I almost threw in the towel. The third time was a charm. Several coats of flat black paint later, the Tycho Sawdust Anomaly – 1 materialized, and my hand tool skills had evolved exponentially. But then, what else did you expect.

Lessons Learned:
- I have planed end grain. I got this out of my system. Never again.
- While I was impressed with the Stanley Sweetheart 60 1/2 block plane, the lesser (but neither poor nor mediocre) quality of the tool became apparent when I compared it to my Veritas LA jack. The machining of the body was terrific; however, the quality of the iron and the tolerances of the adjustment mechanisms were markedly worse. The Lie Nielson block, which I upgraded to, is worth the extra $65.





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pottz

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#1 posted 03-14-2016 02:54 AM

huh?dude don’t over think it just make something.this isn’t rocket science.if you need help you will find it here,plus all the inspiration woull ever need,welcome.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 03-14-2016 03:45 AM

I thought I detected a Tycho Magnetic Anomaly :)

Mount it with a Pink Floyd dark side of the moon graphic behind it.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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woodbutcherbynight

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#3 posted 03-14-2016 03:52 AM



I thought I detected a Tycho Magnetic Anomaly :)

Mount it with a Pink Floyd dark side of the moon graphic behind it.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

ROFLMAO

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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shipwright

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#4 posted 03-14-2016 03:56 AM

Why do I near the theme music to 2001: A Space Odyssey?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees. http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#5 posted 03-14-2016 11:03 AM

Interesting….but a good practice exercise….now time for a project

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Tricorn

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#6 posted 03-14-2016 01:47 PM

Thanks for the reviews. Redoak, winding sticks or a saw bench is next.

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#7 posted 03-14-2016 02:09 PM



I would dimension a piece of lumber to 1:4:9. Some of you may see where this is going.

-Tricorn

No. No clue where this is going.

-- Upgrayedd - spelled thusly, with two Ds, for a double dose of this pimping.

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#8 posted 03-14-2016 06:51 PM



Why do I near the theme music to 2001: A Space Odyssey?

- shipwright


Me too! Son is in the process of making a monolith…not using only hand tools though.

-- God bless, Candy

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#9 posted 03-14-2016 07:05 PM

My god! It’s full of stars!

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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#10 posted 03-14-2016 09:26 PM

Where’re the monkeys? Hope you had as much fun making this as we are commenting on it.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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Tricorn

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#11 posted 03-15-2016 12:55 AM

Kaybee, I did. It was a great way to learn a dull yet important hand tool skill. I appreciate all of the positive comments.

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#12 posted 03-15-2016 09:36 PM

OK, now after looking closely, I saw some licker bottles in the background… empty enough, I suppose.

Yes, those monkeys are missing too.

-Paul

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