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Blog entry by toolchap posted 1265 days ago 812 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The toolmaking part of my life comes in fits and starts. Over the last year I have built 3 planes for a client and it was a pleasure and an experience.

Last week, yes Div, believe it or not, I finished an oak postbox for a client and really enjoyed the simplicity of the project. I had fun designing my own hinge and figuring out how it was going to work. I never do scale drawings although I might do an outline scale on a scrap of 4×4 paper to see if I am heading in the right direction. I am rambling. It turned out good.

Having finished it and with nothing immediate on the horizon, an old lust overcame me. I have a lil Stanley toyplane which I often reach for and truly enjoy. Here in South Africa it is one of those tools you have to keep an eye on when your woodworking buddies all haul in for tea and to paint the place blue with smoke and laughter. (This in jest guys…..geez) It is not inherently beautiful and when I got it, it was missing its blade and cap-iron so I made a little brass cap-iron and a blade for it and have had nearly 20 years of use from it. However. That itch for efficiency coupled with rare beauty had me by the shorts…..has for many years now. I wanted my own version made of bronze and silver with African Blackwood and ivory trims. (My ivory is ancient and from scraps I have picked up over the years.) I wanted it adjustable and with a lil squirrel-tail.

Well. I started today. Coffin-shaped sides in bronze I had to shape from old bronze turning stock, steel sole because silver is expensive and probably would be too soft. I have cut the cheeks to shape, cold-bent them to the curve, marked the dovetails and cut them. Just got back from the shop after shaping the sole and laying out the first pins.

Who has time for pics? However, I will make an effort to take a few in different stages for anyone interested.



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spunwood

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#1 posted 1265 days ago

Who has time for words?

Pictures too please.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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mafe

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#2 posted 1265 days ago

PIC’s PLEASE!!!
It sounds really interesting.
Cant wait.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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Dennisgrosen

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#3 posted 1265 days ago

yes picture´s you know how we love pictures :-)
the sooner the better

looking forward to follow the project …..so pictures and a lot of them ,
so we can enjoy the journey with you :-)

take care
Dennis

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ksSlim

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#4 posted 1265 days ago

Pictures please!

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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Div

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#5 posted 1265 days ago

He, he! The things we do for moolah. The Postbox I mean. Is to do with that IMC/balance thing? With a wooden hinge it sounds IMC not FMC. :^)

BUT, the things we do for the soul….Ah, yes!!! I know this is a work of art in the making.

The general concensus is for pictures as you can see. Are you democratic. I wonder?

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

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toolchap

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#6 posted 1265 days ago

Democratic….African style. And computer challenged. I will put in on the project list cuz I’m not about to open a photobucket account

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mafe

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#7 posted 1265 days ago

You can upload pictures directly now, so you need no photobucket.
Best thoughts Mads

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

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Div

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#8 posted 1264 days ago

If you are computer challenged, what am I ! :^)
At the top of this posting box is a button with “img” on it. If you click on that you can upload images diirectly from your computer. Clever hey! No excuses now…..
Sweet shavings my friend.

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

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toolchap

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toolchap

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#10 posted 1264 days ago

This ended up the wrong way around…..hear me sigh. Bottom pic is near the beginning with the tails cut in the bronze and the cheeks bent to shape on the hickory form on which the sole is placed. Middle pic is the business cut and ready for fitting. Top is the semi-fitted for final check. In this pic you will see the following: The little Stanley from which the idea came, to the right of the ear-muffs another cut of bronze from the same round stock. On either side of the plane are two pieces of African Blackwood. Now this is one of my weaknesses. I detest wasting wood. So there I am trying to make the squirrel-tail (from which the stuffing will be made) fit into the smaller piece on the right. Only way to do it is to glue up segments and that does not make me happy. This kind of internal debate can take hours of fretting and I end up getting upset. For those not in the know, African Blackwood (Dalbergia menaloxylyn) is a protected species in South Africa. One of the prime woods for Bag-pipes because it does not deform with moisture. Has depth of which Ebony is envious….it shines a glowing almost-purple black in the sun. I am wandering off again….sorry. I finally decided to use the big piece as the project is worth it. I mean, here I sit with some incredible pieces of timber waiting for the “right” project? He he…you guys are all blushing eh? Know the feeling? Decision made it was easy….spoil yourself toolie…go on…do it.

Next problem is which method I am going to use to fix the tail which is also going to support the blade, into the body. I have various options here but will share later what I did.

Great day to you all.

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mafe

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#11 posted 1264 days ago

Wauuu, looking wonderful!
I will follow with pleasure.
Thank you for sharing this,
Mads

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

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Dennisgrosen

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#12 posted 1264 days ago

that´s some great picture´s :-)
and beautyfull work sofare
you better do that tail in one piece …LOL

Note: when you post pictures then make a list of what you will post and in witch order
and then start from the bottom of the list with the posting
then it will works for you and then you can add text between the pictures
thats how I do it , but since I have some net problems I make my text in word first
and the make a paste copy so if the connection goes I can pretty fast make it again

and I also use prewiew alot just to be sure it looks nearly what I want

take care
Dennis

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Div

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#13 posted 1263 days ago

Ah yes!!! One day….I will attempt to follow in your footsteps….I’ve never tried to glue African Blackwood, but something makes me think it will not glue easily?

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

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toolchap

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#14 posted 1263 days ago

Div, you lead me in many ways.

Regarding the glueing, that was my fear. It is one of the densest woods I know and has a touch of apparent oiliness to it. Being the old-fashioned ww I am, I know epoxy, cold glue and animal glue, none of which are going to work in my opinion and I am not running any risks here. So that solid big piece costing ‘bout 50 US dollars is getting cut. I need to spoil myself more with the materials I have been saving up.

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Bearpie

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#15 posted 1263 days ago

I read somewheres that to glue oily woods you have to first wipe it down with a paint thinner to remove the oils so glue will adhere. I have not done this myself so cannot say that it will work but the fella who did said it worked.

Thought I would share this info.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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