A set of Maple knob and totes

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Project by Don W posted 08-28-2012 10:03 PM 1541 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these from a piece of Maple for another LJ. They are made from Pacific Northwest Big Leaf Maple, with a quilted figure. The wood is furry sometimes and other times it hard as a rock.

Its like working with cherry that grows hair. Burns like cherry, cuts like weeping willow(maybe green weeping willow). And its like eating spaghetti with a white shirt on. Its the first time i’ve had to wash my hands to go to the shop.

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#1 posted 08-28-2012 10:11 PM

Nicely done…. Now get them to work…..

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#2 posted 08-28-2012 10:26 PM

Elegant set, nice work Don.
Best thoughts,

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#3 posted 08-28-2012 10:32 PM

Sounds difficult but given the outcome, I would think the satisfaction is that much greater.

They came out very nice!

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#4 posted 08-28-2012 10:57 PM

Are they still unfinished Don?

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#5 posted 08-28-2012 11:02 PM

they are still unfinished.

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#6 posted 08-28-2012 11:14 PM

Nice job with these, look good.
How did you drill the long handle hole and ensure proper angle?
Thanks for showing.

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#7 posted 08-28-2012 11:20 PM

oldtool you’ll need to read the blog for that information :-)

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#8 posted 08-29-2012 01:10 AM

Great looking set Don, great work.

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#9 posted 08-29-2012 02:36 AM

Very nice looking.

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#10 posted 08-29-2012 07:38 AM

Nice Don

I think I would soak them in an oil bath

but then I have mucky hands:)

They would look nice on a red plane


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#11 posted 08-29-2012 01:39 PM

Beautiful work Don!

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#12 posted 08-29-2012 02:06 PM

That is such a pale wood, almost like holly. It is quite striking.

Well done Don.

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#13 posted 08-29-2012 04:29 PM

Nice work, they look great… I once attempted to make a tote from Maple for one of my trans planes and thats one of the totes that I broke during the shaping process.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#14 posted 08-29-2012 04:32 PM

They came out nice.

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#15 posted 08-31-2012 01:18 AM

Those a very nice Don. You can certainly make a good lookin one.

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