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02-16-2013 06:45 PM

I’ve been trying to get my shop into some resemblance of order. I went through and listed a whole list of planes for sale on my blog that I didn’t even realize I had. But I have a few I’m not sure what to do with. So here was one Idea.

I’ve tuned this block. I think its a Great Neck. Its not a great plane, but it will work, and I will give it to the right person.

So here is the criteria. Woodworking has to be new to you. What does new mean? I’ll let you decide if you think its new. You have to have at least one project posted here on LJ’s and you will promise to post the next one you do with the plane.

Next, you must live in the US (or pay for the shipping and all fee’s else where)

If you want this block, just send me a PM with what you do (I’m in grad school and like to woodwork on the week ends, or I just retired and am woodworking for the first time after 30 years, etc). A note about just winning the lotto would most likely disqualify you.

I’d like to here why you started woodworking.

It will be posted here.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#1 posted 02-16-2013 06:55 PM

Don, In the interest of we curiosity seekers, please share the entries with the community; and, of course, post the winner. I didn’t win the lottery, but I own two Craftsman Stanley knock-offs. I think they are like #’s 601/2 and 203. Both sharpen and tune nicely for my level of craftsmanship. Thanks.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 02-16-2013 07:01 PM

So instead of PM’ing me, just post them here. I could probably use some help deciding anyhow. I’m completely open to suggestions.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 02-16-2013 07:26 PM

I would LOVE to have that block plane! I am building a bench just so I can start using hand tools more. So far the only decent plane I have is a Stanley #7. I nice, usable block plane would be killer!


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#4 posted 02-16-2013 07:41 PM

Ha, this will be fun to watch.

Great idea Don. There are so many things you need when you first start woodworking, way to help out a fellow LJ.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#5 posted 02-16-2013 07:53 PM

Dangit! I just won the lottery. Woe is me.

I’ll throw a #4 into the mix for the person if that’s okay with Don. I’ll post pictures later.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 02-16-2013 07:56 PM

PM you ? PFFFFT! I’ll just throw it out here so Russell (and everyone else) can see it. Hell, I aint too proud or too shy :-)

I first started an interest in woodworking about 30 years ago. But a wife, and 2 kids along with the regular mariad of house payments etc, PLUS the very real desire to being able to EAT on a regular basis kept me from actually DOING anything with it. My first real wood project started out to be a roll top desk. HA! Six months later I had a basic “table” with sides that reached the floor built from plywood.

Then about 10 years ago I again developed an interest in trying to work in wood, but by then we were in over our heads (like a lot of folks) with credit card debt and a 4000sqft house that we were financially upside down on. So it was only small things like birdhouses and maybe a piece of board with wood pegs that became a coat rack.

Just over seven years ago the company I was working for closed up shop and I spent almost 5 months looking for work. Finally I was offered a job and we moved from Georgia to Tennessee. It looked like it was going to be my dream job of a lifetime. Or so I THOUGHT! After 4 months and MANY broken promises by my new boss, I had no choice but to quit (or risk going beserk and killing someone). He had made promises of helping us to relocate because we had to take a loss when we sold the house, and some other things he told us when we interviewed but never came thru on after we got here.

Again I spent too many months looking for work. When I finally realized I was not going to get hired in my “regular” profession I applied at the big orange box and was hired on my first interview. The first couple years with them I didnt have TIME to do much in woodworking but slowly the desire got stronger and stronger. So once again I started doing small projects and I donated them all to be given away as door prizes at the monthly Ladies Night held at my store. They really liked to see what new things I might show up with every month. Bird houses, small decorative tables, standing hall trees, step stools, walking sticks, cutting boards and other things I dont even remember at the time. So for just over 2 years I brought in 10 or 12 items that we gave away for door prizes each month.

We never really recovered from the loss we took on the house when we moved and several years ago we finally had to declare bankruptcy. THAT almost killed me. I was not raised that way. I was taught to own up for what you do and pay for your own mistake. But the looming reality of losing the house and everything we had gave us no choice. That decision weighs heavily on me almost daily now.

You know how the big joke was last year, that the Myans said the world would end on 12/21/2012? Well the world didnt end, but that Friday before Christmas my career with the big orange box ended. I had violated a company policy (I used another employee’s cash register) and they decided to make an example of me to show other employees that “even someone like Joe, who has reached the Diamond Level Homer Badge for excellent customer service can be terminated for violating company policy.”

And THAT is why I have been able to be here on LJs every day since. I’ve been looking and there aint much out there right now, so I have plenty of time to be on the computer. :-) The wife and I finally decided to move back to GA to be near her father, who is 88 and in decliniing health. She’s an only child and wants to be closer to him as the end nears. SO I am fixing up our “double wide” getting it ready to sell. We cashed in a small life insurance policy and right now I’m putting wood laminate flooring to replace the cheap carpeting the mobile home company put in. We have 2 small dogs (Doxies) and they havent helped it to stay looking new either :-)

My plane collection consists of TWO planes I bought ay Sears when I was 17 and I spent a summer working with a roofing crew. One is a small block plane (much like your picture there) and I’m not even knowledgable enough to tell you what “number” the other one is besides that it’s a bigger one that I’ve probably only used 2 or 3 times ever. I just this past week started reading up on what the hell “Scary Sharp” means in hope of at least being able to sharpen my block plane so I can use it like a plane and not as a hammer :-) If I get that one sharp, I’ll pull out the other one and start with cleaning and sharpening it too.

I’ve been reading with much interest the Handplanes of your dreams threads and trying to learn the differences between things like a frog and a shoe… so that when I’m able to acually buy some REAL planes, I’ll at least have a little knowledge to not get ripped off… but untill I find another job there’ll be no plane buying in my immediate future.

I’m not posting this here to seek pity from any of you for our current situation, and I certainly am not looking for a handout. Even as bad as it seems, all I hafta do is look around and I can find PLENTY of folks that have it way worse tha we do. We are (just barely) squeeking by on what my wife makes and hopefully we’ll be moving back to GA within the year. We’ll rent at first and my wife will inherit her Dad’s house when he passes and at that time we’ll move into it because it’s paid for. THEN I’ll be able to build another workshop and get started in woodworking again.

I know this is kind long… KINDA? Ya THINK? :-) but it’s our story in a nutshell. I’d certainly be proud to own that plane, and I promise to give it a good home if chosen.

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#7 posted 02-16-2013 08:22 PM

This is awesome of you to do! Hope someone that needs it gets it.

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#8 posted 02-16-2013 08:44 PM

Don, this is a great idea, and I’ve decided to take it to the next level:

I’ve got a Bedrock 607 for whoever sends me the best naked photos of his wife. And if you send naked photos of MY wife, I’ll throw in my Stanley #2 as a bonus. :-)

(Okay, just kidding, guys…. no PM’s please!)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 02-16-2013 08:46 PM

Charlie- Can it be photo shopped? I could use a new plane. :-)

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#10 posted 02-16-2013 08:50 PM

No cheating! LOL!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 02-16-2013 08:52 PM

A worthy cause, thanks for sharing, literally

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#12 posted 02-16-2013 08:53 PM

I “need” a 607 Charlie…where did that camera go? Hey babe? Can I take an artsy picture?

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#14 posted 02-16-2013 08:55 PM

Brandon, feel free to jump in.

Charlie, its a good thing I keep reading. I was about to hit the send button on my other computer!! Who’s wife? I guess we’ll never know.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#15 posted 02-16-2013 09:04 PM

How many days on the couch (or in the dog house) is a 607 really worth to you guys? Just wondering. Now, a LN #7 . . . .

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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