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Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring #11: Making Shavings

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Blog entry by Paul Bucalo posted 10-18-2014 10:37 PM 1283 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 10: Table Saw Base: The Saga Continues Part 11 of Woodworking on a Half-Shoestring series Part 12: Lowe's is Replacing the 9-3/4" x 2: Bench Plane »

Earlier this afternoon I started out with the notion I would get as much of the superstructure for the table saw done as time would allow for. The bottom of the base (seen earlier) is made entirely out of new lumber, which wasn’t my intention from the onset. I was getting ready to make a trip out to our local Lowe’s for more 2” x 4”s when I decided to use the reclaimed lumber in the dungeon.

After I found a couple of boards with straight edges long enough to cut to the sizes I needed, I measured them to length and cut with my new crosscut handsaw. Then it was time to see if they would plane using a bench plane that hadn’t been sharpened beyond it factory edge. Dialing in the correct tension between the lever cap and blade assembly was a bit of a pain. Once I got it dialed in I was making shavings. And lots of them!

In this second picture, the two boards on the left have been planed on all four sides. The rough board on the far right is what they looked like before planing.

My planing was far from perfect. I don’t have the skill at this time to plane squared edges by eye. Faces were pretty flat, though. Surprising, considering what little time I had put into it.

All in all, I accomplished both goals I started out with: 1) to see if I could make the boards smooth enough for construction, and; 2) to see if the factory ground edge on the plane could accomplish the task.

I spent a lot of time on cutting with a handsaw and planing just these two 26” boards. Was it worth it? Of yeah. Seriously, in the back of my mind I am wondering if I would rather revert to hand tool construction whenever possible. I have to say that my hand saw cut ends were pretty close to square. I now know addictive hand planing can be. And best of all was how all of this was making me feel. Just awesome.

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA



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luv2learn

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#1 posted 10-19-2014 04:21 PM

Learning by doing! It is a never ending, but gratifying, process. The boards look great, you gained valuable experience, and saved some money by re-purposing materials. It doesn’t get any better than that!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Paul Bucalo

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#2 posted 10-19-2014 04:27 PM



Learning by doing! It is a never ending, but gratifying, process. The boards look great, you gained valuable experience, and saved some money by re-purposing materials. It doesn t get any better than that!!

- luv2learn

Amen. I learn best from doing, even when I grasp the concepts being learned. :)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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jinkyjock

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#3 posted 10-19-2014 04:49 PM

I tip my hat to you “slick”.
Quite prone to a wee bit of re-cycling,
but you’re taking it to new levels with your hand tools.
All the best, and more strength to your arms.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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Paul Bucalo

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#4 posted 10-19-2014 04:59 PM



I tip my hat to you “slick”.
Quite prone to a wee bit of re-cycling,
but you re taking it to new levels with your hand tools.
All the best, and more strength to your arms.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

- jinkyjock

Thanks, Jinky. Appreciated. At my age, the hand work is both mentally and physically therapeutic. I was thinking yesterday, after I finished the two boards, that I could see myself taking a piece of pallet wood and planing it until I got tired, with no concern toward any project, just for the Zen in it. :)

-- -- Paul Bucalo, Norwich NY USA

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