Jointer Fence for a Special Friend

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Project by Thos. Angle posted 11-16-2007 02:51 PM 3244 views 2 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I asked Douglas Bordner to do some photo editing for a web site I have been planning with Lee Jesberer. I e-mailed a bunch of photos and had Douglas remove the background from them. I’d tried this myself and decided I didn’t have time to learn the tricks of the trade. Shortly Douglas was sending them back and, boy oh boy, are they great. It really helps to show off a piece of furniture to have the photo reworked to show it at it’s best. It even better than shooting with all the lights and backdrops. I have those but it doesn’t always come out just as I planned. I e-mailed Douglas and asked what he would like me to build him for his work. this is what he asked for.

The fence is made of soft Maple. The body is 1/2 inch thick and 14 inchs long. The under fence is also 1/2 inch thick and has a relief cut on the edge to prevent a shaving from hanging up while jointing. The bull is original pyrography and is based on my collection of photos that I shot while I lived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. I test drove it on a #7 and a#5 and got square edges on both. Now, Douglas, all we need is to get you a #7 or #8 so you can joint with the best of them. Enjoy it my friend, you earned it fair and square.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 11-16-2007 03:25 PM

I forgot to mention Carleen’s involvement with this project. She was looking for a piece to do a sample of some dye she was mixing and came and showed me the color on the blank for this piece. So that is why the back is sorta red. Adds a nice contrast

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 11-16-2007 03:27 PM

Nice Thos…Really, really nice.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 11-16-2007 03:36 PM

Hi Tom;

Few points:

1: Fabulous job

2: Beautiful art work:

3: Excellent workmanship

4: You dun a nice thing, George !!! (this came from a cartoon somewhere)

Tom and Carleen;

This was a very nice thing you did to show your appreciation to Douglas. When I first contacted Doug, to see if he could help us, he was eagerly onboard, before I finished asking.

Just goes to show the bonding going on on this special website. (thanks to Martin, and Ms. Debbie)

This really is a beautiful, practical peice of art!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 11-16-2007 03:41 PM

1. Nice
2. Nice
3. Nice
4. Nice

That’s a pretty special gift, there Douglas! Nice job Tom!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 11-16-2007 03:42 PM

Beautiful work.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#6 posted 11-16-2007 03:47 PM

I 4th that

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 11-16-2007 03:57 PM

This is wonderful Tom. You guys do good work and it’s nice to see the bonds forged at LJ going beyond the screen. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#8 posted 11-16-2007 04:44 PM

Not to take sides, Tom, but I think Doug made out like a bandit in this deal. Beautiful!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 11-16-2007 05:31 PM

Don’t worry about that equity Charlie, we were working this as Time Dollars. I figure Tom’s got about ten hours on account, twenty minutes per photo. Tom better get busy and build 30 new things for knockout. I won’t cheat him.



-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#10 posted 11-16-2007 05:40 PM

Tom, you always seem to amaze me with your artistic bent! Wow, what a special gift for Doug! I am sure he will treasure it and pass it down to his kin!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#11 posted 11-16-2007 05:43 PM

Tom -

Very cool over the last several posts between Tom, Douglas & Lee to see the wonderful friendship developing.

Tom this is a real work of art and an excellent addition to a jointing plane.


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#12 posted 11-16-2007 06:13 PM

This is a beautiful tool. I find a lot of enjoyment in using an elegant tool.

I love trading work! In almost every case, both people feel like they got a good deal.

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#13 posted 11-16-2007 06:53 PM

Tom, As usual, simply beautiful ! Everything you make reflects the artistry and craftsmanship talents you have.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#14 posted 11-16-2007 07:27 PM

Boy Tom, there is nothing plain about this plane! Beautiful work!! Looks like Douglas is pretty good at the photo/web work also.Good trade.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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Thos. Angle

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#15 posted 11-16-2007 07:33 PM

Thanks everybody for the kind words. I just looked at another post and found out there is a computer program that can almost do the same thing. I didn’t know those exist, well maybe I thought of it but not affordable to common folks. I still do the art work with a pencil and paper then transfer it to the wood and do the actual woodburning one mark at a time. I’ve had some people who think I have some way to push a button and do these, it ain’t so easy.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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