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  1. In the process of building that box....had a bunch of resets on the Stanley #45 to do....mainly changing where the fence will be, and whether short or long rods were to be used....decided to make some things a bit..easier to do To change those rods...there are 4 thumbscrews to loosen, and tighten back up, with one too close the the handle area. They all needed a pair of needle nosed pliers to get them to ...move...look right under the wheel to adjust the depth of cut....so... I retired these two (FIRED!) and stashed them away...had a pair of slotted bolts to replace them..
  2. Well, the Christmas Gift Exchange list is out.....I have to find a present for my Grand daughter-in-law...... Bought about 25bft of Quarter Sawn Ash, today.... There are 11 boards in that stack..average width is just under 6"....all are around 3/4" thick. Hmmmmm, how about a Blanket/ Hope Chest build? Frame and panel? Or maybe a "6 board" style? been a while since I built a chest....maybe see what I can come up with? Give things about a week, or so...while the Single Brain Cell Sketch Up works things up into a "Plan" have to work around t
  3. I've been wanting to try my hand at greenwood carving, particularly spoon carving. I decided that, to give myself every chance to succeed, I would need a bench dedicated to carving. I checked youtube, carving forums, etc and decided that a log mule/carving bench would fit the bill. It just so happened that my mother, last week, had asked me to remove some downed trees from her yard. Enter this weekend's project. First, stripping the bark from an oak log....... Then, it's time to cut the legs to size......... And
  4. My next plane will probably be a smoothing plane, not right away, but hopefully not too far in the future. I was looking at the Lie-Nielsen web site, and I noticed that their No. 4 Smoothing Plane is offered in both a bronze and an iron body version. The bronze was $50 more. So is there any advantage to bronze? And if so, is that advantage of any significance to a hobbyist like me?
  5. "It followed me home, can I keep it?" When last seen, this was screw to an Oak plank, and hung as a coat hook....tag said "Dowel Cutter" $32.50 Plus sales tax. Got rid of the plank,....meh.. Had some issues going on....Got rid of the "coat hooks" , easy-out the broken bolt. Ordered the depth adjuster wheel ( $20, ebay) and cleaned things up a bit.. Easy-out wasn't....iron needs a lot of work.. Sole is flat, and cleaned up.. Tool drawer, I needed a wrench, and a tap.. 1/4" x 20. Have since bought a new thumbscrew
  6. Well I did it. I finally pulled the trigger and landed me one of my dreams, one of my bucket list purchases. Yes, this is a tool gloat, and I am anxiously awaiting my new LN No. 51 Shoot Board Plane to arrive in the mail this Tuesday. I was going to wait till I got her in my hands, then gloat, but my gloating is pushing through my brain right now and I need to let is loose or I'll explode. A few years ago I saw and used a beautiful example of a Stanely No. 51 Shooting Board Plane and I have wanted one ever since. The main drawback of course is the price of the old Stanely Shooting Planes
  7. My new years yard ornament is started... I want a model airplane. I had a big gas engine collection (over 3000) Sold most of them. I still have a few hundred. Got to do something with them. I got the prop made. Next is the body. The engine is a twin Maytag.
  8. I am trying to identify a plane I inherited from my Dad when he passed. The part on which the frog sits (is this called a boss?) is H shaped and has C 74 1/2 stamped on it. There is a 2 stamped in the base by the heel. A U is stamped on the frog on top and in the front, down close to the base. Made in USA in on the top of the base by the knob, and also on the iron. No markings on the cap iron. The sole is 14" long, with a 2" mouth. The only brass component appears to be the machine screw holding the tote to the base. The sole misses being square to the sides by maybe 1/32", but is flat
  9. Got this in the mail today, luck of the draw in the lottery from our Annual Fundraiser. Not being a hand plane guy for a long time I confess I only have ever had a cheap HF special. Never had an interest till I returned from Iraq but the pins in my wrist really did not like the activity of planning. Late last year I met a customer that also had same problem and he gave me a hands on tutorial of the ins and outs of holding the plane so it doesn't aggravate my injury. Okay, so I tried it at home and have been playing with the thing getting it tuned in and all. It makes nice ribbons, which I
  10. Guys, I need to improve the quality of blade for my Stanley #7, I've tried everything to fix the cap iron re-beveled it sharpened to not allow any light thru but the chips still get in between. Thinking of getting a set of Hock pieces was looking for input or/and a good place to buy. Best price quick shipping and so on. Thanks Pat
  11. Ok....downtime IN the shop....taking a short vacation from woodworking projects, for now. Bench was cleared off, planed flat Even a coat of shellac on the bare wood. The plane lying on the bench came from the Wapak Gathering....came home in a pink plastic tub. i thought maybe I could clean it up a bit...and see IF I can make it a little bit better than a junker plane. "Whale Tail" Stanley Defiance. Made between 1955 and 1962....when Stanley crimped the lateral lever down tighter.. Named because it looks like the south end of a north bound whale. R
  12. From the depths of the "Dungeon Warehouse Basement" in Milwaukee Wisconsin, we have this "Poor Soul" of a Stanley Bailey No. 22 Smoothing Plane. This "Poor Soul" spent the last few years in the bottom drawer of a filing cabinet that was in the basement of a warehouse in Milwaukee that flooded 4 or 5 years ago. There were several planes in this drawer, and this one survived in the best condition. I did a little research, and found that Stanley made these planes from 1870-1943. I believe this one dates from the end years of production due to the Stanley T
  13. Got the narrow end thingy squared up, got the front footer squared away. Dragged out the slab of a top, ( two board glue up) and decided to try to level things a bit.. You'd think that a plane 3" shorter than that big #6c would be easier to push around....not. Got both faces flattened out Plane is a Stanley No.5-1/2 Type 17 Jumbo Jack same width as a #6, but is only 15" long. Got these flat, maybe a test fit of thingys? Just a few clamps to hold it in place, until I can do a few things with the tape measure... Will need a filler there to keep the top spread out above the doo
  14. Other WIP was getting a bit long-winded, so might as well do one about the other side of the dresser build. First, a bit of glue up had to go on.. each panel was "popped out", a bead of glue run around on the rebates. Panel back in, and nailed down. I also trimmed the top of the corner posts flush with the top rail.. was going to handsaw this....decided the cordless saw was quicker....Set this mess aside, and clear the deck... The shiny end? I ran a plane around, to level the top a bit, was getting a might beat up, lately. Time to process six parts....
  15. Time to put the tool away... In the case of the old Stanley #45, means tear down, clean the parts.. Get the case down off the shelf, open it up on the bench... Kind of empty? Short rods, slitter, cove cutter, match cutter (3/16") spares parts, 2 screwdrivers..bunch of cutters.... Cam rest, 2 long rods, fence, sliding stock,,there are 2 spare spurs in there, and a bolt for one. Leaves just enough room, to lay the main stock in there. Plane is from Roxton Pond, Que. , CAN. and has the SW logo...mid 1920s model, type 20. Close the lid..
  16. One of these #3 planes got torn down, cleaned up, and put back together, today. warning: Tain't purtty at the start.... Warned ya, didn't I ? PBBlaster soaked for a while, then started a tear down. Took a bit of prying to get two items loose Hammer to adjust the lateral lever out of the way, to get the tote off ( didn't wait long enough on the soak, snapped the bolt off for the tote...easy-out..) More "fun"...getting all of these apart....BIG screwdriver, hammer, and a pair of visegrips.... IF you are afraid to get your hand very, very DIRTY..
  17. I understand it is not a good idea to use a plane on the edges of plywood because of the glue. My question: will doing so damage the plane in any way other than dulling the iron? If this is the only problem, a few minutes with the WorkSharp 3K will clear that up. Sometimes,when fitting small pieces, it is necessary to remove minute amounts, impractical or even dangerous with a table saw. Seems like a hand plane would be the ideal tool for such a job.
  18. Saw this plane on Facebook. Lady asking anything about it. I see Stanley bought Bailey's patents and machinery in 1869 and then used them and that is why Stanley planes are Bailey . So thinking this is before 1869 ?? Edit : Opps did not do enough research . It is a G-3 Gage Patent plane. Patent date 1885. When Stanley bought the company in 1919 and produced this plane from 1920 till 1920. Mystery solved but it does not make sense . I have never seen one of these , has anyone ?
  19. Caleb James is a premier tool maker, one of the best in the world, and he also has a neat free plan area for the exact same tools he makes. Enjoy. Free Plans — Caleb James Maker CALEBJAMESMAKER.COM I offer these technical drawings for you to freely use. I ask that you please reserve these for your personal use. Enjoy!
  20. Finally got the plane I ordered from veritas at the woodworking show. Alot of plane for 129.00
  21. One of the very first woodworking blogs I ever became interested in is this blog by Kari Hultman, a wonderful craftswoman and artist really, in my opinion she brings hand tooled woodworking to another level of refinement. Kari and I have been social media buddies since the old days of this blog, even though Kari has picked up a new line of work and interest (leather), I still visit her blog frequently. It reminds of a time on the internet when things were just simpler, and straight forward, and her old blog is still live, whenever I visit the blog, a nice cozy warm feeling comes over me, enjoy!
  22. found these recently. no great shakes, but like the bits being there.
  23. I wrote this review some years ago now. Since my website is likely to be new for many here, this set of articles (4 in all) may be of interest. It is more than about the Veritas Custom Planes, and how to design your own, but about hand plane use. Link: http://www.inthewoodshop.com/ToolReviews/VeritasCustomPlanes1.html Regards from Perth Derek
  24. Here is the 3rd version of the shoulder Plane. Input from an experienced wooden plane authority, I made some changes to improve the shoulder plane. 1. Enlarged handle so all 4 fingers would fit in side. 2.Remove the finger bumps inside the handle. 3. Tilt the handle 12°forward. 4. Make the bump on the back of the handle more rounded. 5. When I increased the size of the handle, I made the plane longer and higher to balance out the increase in handle size, Here are the end results. It is much more comfortable,and seems easier to use. The last pictures are the c
  25. I have a stanely 12-904 and questions. What angle should the blade be sharpened to 30 or 25 degrees? What is the main use for this plane? I am having trouble getting this plane to work any help appreciated! Is this a smoothing or jack plane?
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