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06-26-2010 10:53 PM

Buck Bros. smoothing plane / paperweight / scrub plane conversion candidate - $16 shipped - 0 replies

This is the first plane I had, a Buck Bros. smoothing plane from Home Depot. It goes without saying that it’s not exactly top-of-the line. If you want to use it as a plane, it’ll need tuning; if you want to use it as a handsome paperweight, it’s ready to go. Perhaps you have a friend or relative whom you’d like to save fr...

06-26-2010 10:52 PM

Four Irwin/Marples chisels - $30 shipped - SOLD - 3 replies

Update: these have been sold. I have a set of four Irwin/Marples chisels, size 1/4”, 1/2”, 3/4”, and 1”, for $30 shipped, or $25 if you want to pick up in the North Chicago area. The bottom side of each is flattened and honed with 0.5 micron (~30,000 grit) diamond paste, and each one has 30 degree secondary bevel with ...

04-21-2010 01:55 AM

Hand planing damp wood - 12 replies

I’ve been reading Toshio Odate’s book, Japanese Woodworking Tools: Their Tradition, Spirit, and Use, and he says that woodworkers in Japan sometimes dampen the surface of the wood before the final planing cut:“When a carpenter wants to obtain an especially beautiful surface with no tear-out on a very visible or important timber...

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