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Project by Div posted 1391 days ago 2138 views 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t like doing countertops in Pine for obvious reasons but this case was different. The look of the house is rustic; heavy timbers, hand tool finishes, you get the idea. I had milled some 80mm thick slabs of old growth Pine a while ago and one of these was perfect for the job. It was a little too narrow, so while I was at it, I joined the two pieces with butterfly keys (Candlewood).

The top was jointed and flattened with the hand tools shown – a wooden scrub plane, my beloved #5 Sweetheart and the #7. My MaFe inspired greasebox helped to smooth the way and the strop kept my irons sweet. The client specifically wanted a tooled finish. No need to go to perfect, plane marks had to show, so I didn’t bother with smoothing planes. The edges got done in an “imperfect” way with a spoke shave.

This Kitchen top will get several coats of Boiled Linseed Oil only. With some scrubbings and a few spills to add character, it will have that worn look in no time.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."





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mafe

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#1 posted 1391 days ago

Sooooooo nice, I love it with the butterfly inlays. What a wonderful top, 80 mm hmmmmm.
Happy that the little grease box is ‘on site’, it’s also become my trusted companion.
Can’t wait to see it after the oil, you must update the photos then.
How do you use the strop (while the blade are on), and what do you use on it?
Best thoughts, and a big wauuu,
Your brother in shavings Mads.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Dchip

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#2 posted 1391 days ago

Very nicely done, I’d also really like to see the finished product.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC, http://www.9x7woodworks.com

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Div

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#3 posted 1391 days ago

Thanks Mads. For lack of obtaining rottenstone and other concoctions freely available in the Developed(?) World, I use Automotive rubbing compound. I take the blade out of the plane, leave the cap iron on and just strop a little when I feel it is needed. Off course at some point, the blade will need more than that…

Will post a photo when the job is done. Have to build the carcasses first…

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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mafe

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#4 posted 1391 days ago

Thank you!
I will never get used to that name ‘carcasses’ the first many times I read it I was sure it meant cases for cars!
About the honing, then I will try this, to make a good leather strap, and then hone once in a while, it’s clever my brother, but I guess that’s what you are…
Smile,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Div

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#5 posted 1391 days ago

Yeah, sounds like something from Jurassic Park. Just cases would be better..

Clever? Nah, just stubborn and good at stealing with my eyes!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 1391 days ago

YUO USE PLANES….. I thought you sendt lhe last of your collection to Mads the other day…LOL
great work there Div. I´m looking forward to see it fininshed with oil
80mm ….maybee I shuold reconsider my wiew on Pine…lol

take care
Dennis

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mafe

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#7 posted 1391 days ago

I really like pine, when used right! Hmmmm, I must be a architect with bad taste then… Glad I retired now.
Dennis, if he had to plane it down with those he would finsh in a year or so!
It was funny because I could right away see it was your post because of the old wooden plane you got from your friend, and then the grease box.
Smiles and good night,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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aurora

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#8 posted 1391 days ago

while the top is beautiful, the shavings are beautiful in their own right. looks like a labor of love.

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Schwieb

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#9 posted 1390 days ago

Div, One day I will learn to sharpen and tune up the planes I have and actually use them You have inspired me to do better… much better. Great work, Herr Strempl would be pleased to see you using what he taught you.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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swirt

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#10 posted 1390 days ago

Looks great. Are you cutting in the Butterflies by hand or do you use a template cutter on the router? They look crisp and perfect either way.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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SafferinOz

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#11 posted 1390 days ago

Div, eish those butterflies look awesome, seeing you guys using hand tools like that has made me look closer at some planes that used to belong to my father. Now to learn how to use them properly.

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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Flemming

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#12 posted 1390 days ago

nice table div! and well tied together with the butterflies.
it’s nice to see a few projects new coming out in pine! gives me a little more hope, because it’s the cheapest and most readily available wood here (probably anywhere)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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Jiri Parkman

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#13 posted 1390 days ago

Nice top. Keep posting.

-- Jiri

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Div

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#14 posted 1390 days ago

Dennis: I am a rhykenologist in hiding, always more than enough planes around!

Mafe: I thought you might recognize it. I actually put the greasebox in the photo for you!

Aurora: How about making your own shavings! A labor of love it is.

Schwieb: Not one day, how about first opportunity! It is not hard and is satisfying in a quiet way. Impressed that you remember Herr Strempel.

Swirt: I do it the “hard” way, but I cheat a little and remove most of the waste with a router. I cut the sides of the butterfly at a slight angle. This means they tighten up even more as they go in (via some good whacks with the mallet!)

SafferinOz: Happy that I can help to inspire. Dust them off, learn by doing, practice makes perfect!

Flemming: Nothing wrong with Pine, brother! It is real wood too. I will make a point of posting some Pine projects to inspire. Watch this space….

Jiri: Thanks. Loved your recent sculture.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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Dennisgrosen

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#15 posted 1390 days ago

yes I knew you had :-)
I havn´t forgot you put me on the bordertable of the LumberJocks Rhykenologist asossiation
and I most say its alot of work to try to ceep up with all the paperwork….LOL

by the way did you see this blog its an interressting plane

http://lumberjocks.com/grosa/blog/18410

and we need all the help we can get to solve it

have a great weekend
Dennis

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