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Forum topic by Schwieb posted 10-29-2010 07:25 PM 1310 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-29-2010 07:25 PM

This post is more like over a glass of beer by this time of day, than coffee, but since I am getting more proficient with how picture can be inserted into this format, I thought I’d try this one for my friend Div in South Afrika. I’d have to include Mads, the mad tool guy in Denmark and the rest of the “Grease Box Gang” too. Friends can get one to do things that you probably wouldn’t have done on your own. Like making a simple box with a story to go with it and have so much fun making and using it. So I notice that Div likes hand planes. I’ve always admired a fine hand tool but have hardly used one if there was a way to put the edge against a machine and let it do the work. I realized a long time ago that I was basically a machinist, a fairly good one, but my planes sat on a shelf gathering dust.

Div, You will see that I have spread out my planes and am taking them apart, cleaning them up and then I will sharpen them after I make a jig to help me do that better. Thank you for inspiring me to do that. I will post progress on these planes as I get to them. You’ll see a Ohio Tool wooden plane, a Stanley 55….

That hunk of wood is serving as a weight/clanp at the moment but it is some sort of really hard wood and I wondered if it might mot make some nice plane parts. Hummmmmmmmm

I counted more than 10 things going on at the same time, Ha ha! Keeps me out of the bars at night.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#1 posted 10-29-2010 08:11 PM

A nice window into your shop. Some great old tools you have there.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 10-29-2010 08:29 PM

Huu soe niice planes
you have Ken I realy can´t understand they arn´t plying every day already
I know the 55 can bee a pain in the a… to set up so many possibillityes with that one
but a treassure none the less, and your compass and scraperplane ain´t bad either :-)
but I a think your wooden smother realy want´s to get in to action again

looking forward to see the next toturial
on the refurbes of the planes

take care

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#3 posted 10-29-2010 08:47 PM

I am smiling from ear to ear!! I feel so good that I have inspired you to do this! You have some beautiful tools there. I promise you once you get the hang of sharpening them there will be a lot of sweet curls on the floor. Nothing like the quiet shhhhhht of a well tuned plane! Them machines deserve a break…as does your ears…

Between Mads, myself and the other galoots, we will turn you into a rhykenologist of note! You already have the tools, a beautiful space and timber. All that short is a little knowledge and some skill building.

Any stable hardwood will do for building a plane, preferably quarter sawn with the growth rings vertical.

How about a list of them beauties? I think I see a Record compass plane, a Stanley #55, a concave wooden spoke shave ( very nice), a brand-new fellow on the wall, what looks like a scraper plane, then maybe a # 7, a # 4 (?), a transitional of sorts, Ah, and the new grease box!

Yes, what a good way to keep you out of the bars…:^)

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

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#4 posted 10-29-2010 10:28 PM

That scraper plane is so beautiful!
I think I spot some little fellows also under the top closets also…
What an elegant little cabinet with drawers on the table!
Do I see draw knifes on the wall just on the right out of the picture?
You do know my favorite place in your workshop is on the little bench in the sky light.
The iron seems on the picture so wide, is that from a 5,5?
Yes your place is a dream; it’s so full of warmth and life.
That level is really a beauty, which one really needs to get back to life.
Yes no doubt you will be a fellow rhykenologist, you are having the first symptoms now, the outburst will come as you hear that shhhh, and smell those curly shavings.
If you do not have a sharpening system, buy one. I can recommend a watershapener one like Tormek, I have the cheaper and are fully happy, it’s easy and goes for all cutting tools also the lathe, and gives razor sharp edges. Look at my blog:
I’m happy that I also bring some inspiration, also very proud, and I will be happy to share any knowledge I got with you, so once you get to it shoot away.
Now I look forward also to hear your response, when you have the vac system off. No ventilation, no radio, the window open, a slap of wood on the bench, and a razor sharp plane making those sweet shavings. This feeling, you the nature, the tool – hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
All my best thoughts, wish I was a fly on your wall that day,
-oh yea, and the grease box in your pocket, since you remembered to grease up the sole before you began, to ensure you a smooth ride.

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

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