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AudibleVelvet

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07-09-2016 11:48 AM

Topic tags/keywords: advice question refurbishing

I have been inspired to start doing some work with hand tools. I intend to build a bench and have begun collecting some tools. This is all very exciting, but I have many questions as I begin. So first thing I want to ask, is this the right place in the forum to request help of the erudite?


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#1 posted 07-09-2016 12:07 PM

If you have specific questions about hand tools, you’re in the right place.

If you’re looking for info regarding the build, I would start a thread in Focus on the Workspace forum.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#2 posted 07-09-2016 12:09 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 07-09-2016 12:12 PM

Workbench Smackdown thread has regular followers that love to help while watching the build progress.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 07-09-2016 01:20 PM

WELCOME to LJs!
And go ahead… pepper away !
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#5 posted 07-09-2016 01:43 PM

If these images come through, they are of two tabletops that seem to be of ground and finished concrete? Would such a thing be suitable for flattening the soles of the planes I got?

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#6 posted 07-09-2016 01:47 PM

...speaking of…

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#7 posted 07-09-2016 01:48 PM

Welcome aboard!
My very first major woodworking project was a workbench, the “21st Century Workbench” by Bob Lang.

This turned out to be a very good First Project for me as it exposed me to constructing with tongue and groove, dovetails, and through mortise/tenon joints all in one project, not to mention all the milling of 8/4 Ash and thick laminate glue-ups for the top working surface. Great experience for building those skills for the first time.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/45812

There are many other types of workbenches, so enjoy the time picking and choosing… 8-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#8 posted 07-09-2016 01:48 PM

Looks more like granite or marble to me but yes, if it’s flat (easily checked with a straight edge) then they’d certainly work fine.

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#9 posted 07-09-2016 01:51 PM

Looks more like limestone. Most use granite as it will stay flatter and is harder than marble or limestone. Be aware that stone can warp like wood. You can usually find free pieces at you local stone fabrication shop.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#10 posted 07-09-2016 01:53 PM

Welcome to Lumberjacks. Do you have an accurate straightedge to test them for flat? You probably don’t need to go to that level of flattening unless you notice a problem with your plane. A smoother is probably worth it.

And you’ll probably want to ask each question in the separate thread. Since a lot of the action is in the main threads like ‘Hand planes of your dreams’, ‘Saws, using collecting, and buying’, etc, another option is to ask in those threads. It’s often quicker to get a response if you ask there.

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AudibleVelvet

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#11 posted 07-09-2016 02:01 PM

Again, thanks to you all. I’m going to give it a straight edge inspection and maybe dig out the feelers…
Like Arnold said, “I’ll be back.”

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#12 posted 07-09-2016 03:17 PM

Do you need to flatten the sole(s) of your planes? The vast majority do not need to be flattened to do what they were designed to do.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#13 posted 07-09-2016 04:14 PM

This 3420 pictured above definitely is higher by the throat, especially back side. Next is a Millers Falls #9 that is pretty flat with some rust and a little pitting. I just want to go lightly on that and clean it up so it works nice. Last is a Sargent “Hercules” that’s fairly close to flat but with a bevel both toe and heel (more on one side for the heel).

The other two are more specialty and I’ll get to them down the road.

So I’m coming at this with a “the more I do, the more I’ll learn” attitude. While I don’t want to waste time, energy or material, I do want to take any meticulous step with these things for the sake of experience.

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AudibleVelvet

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#14 posted 07-09-2016 04:27 PM

... and one more thing. I see these elegant tools and think how damn cool it will be to use them – while listening to music, no less!
That’s why we CAN have nice things.

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#15 posted 07-09-2016 06:44 PM

Welcome. Nice type 1 Sargent!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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