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The Romance of Shea Handplanes

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Blog entry by Todd A. Clippinger posted 1956 days ago 847 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It was a good day in the shop.

I was really in the zone. I had a good rhythm going and knew every move I was going to make before I made it.

The icing on the cake was to pull my Shea handplane from the shelf and make the necessary adjustments to the material for a pro fit. It slides like it is on wet ice and it just feels good in hand.

I did not try the make the thinnest and longest curl for the record. I simply needed to shave some wood and the plane did it willingly. It was an extension of my body. I really enjoyed my day in the shop and particularly those moments with my Shea plane in hand.

Shea handplane

Peace, Love, and Woodworking

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com



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Grumpy

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#1 posted 1956 days ago

That is some very fine shaving.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 1956 days ago

In the zone…DebbieP (I think) wrote something about that feeling awhile back, and some other jocks mentioned the Flow phenomena. I tried to link to the Wikipedia article about it but the link ends with a close parenthesis, and it does not work on this page. Just Google: Flow (Psychology). It says it all.

It’s a great shop day when it happens, and it’s a Todd Clippinger thing to show gratitude and pay back the love for Mike’s fine work and great gift.

You’re a good man, Todd.

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

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Karson

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#3 posted 1956 days ago

I hope that you have many more of them Todd.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Beginningwoodworker

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#4 posted 1955 days ago

Sweet little plane, Todd.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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gbear

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#5 posted 1955 days ago

I wish I had one of those….Mike, you can be my new best friend!!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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DocK16

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#6 posted 1955 days ago

Those shavings are a work of art

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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Mike Shea

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#7 posted 1943 days ago

hahaha that is so cool. im so glad you use it. and it looks like its taking good shavings. i havnt been on lumberjock in months. i also havnt woodworked in months. my craftsman sears table saw took a dump and it was unrepairable. it is still brand new and under waranty but sears wont fix or replace it. sears is the biggest piece of junk company ever. im still dealing with it and still havnt been in the shop because of it. it was nice to log on today and see this blog. it reminds me how much fun i have had in the shop especialy when things are flowing like you mentioned. a 4th and final technition is coming out tomarow to hopefully solve my problem. untill then hope everyone is still having fun in the shop. later todd

-- i can do all things through christ who strengthens me

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