Thursday, April 22, 2010

I’m in Love

Yes I am in love with my wife and have been for a long time.  Well before we were married and well before we even started dating but that’s a whole different story for a different blog.  What I am in love with is a tool.  An “antique” tool at that.  A few weeks ago I bought a couple of Hand Planes because I wanted to learn how to use them.  I am in this whole I want to learn to use hand tools kick.  I am teaching my self to hand cut dovetails.  That is tough.  It’s going to be a while and I know I am going to have to upgrade saws.  I bought a cheap one and there is a reason that it is cheap, but enough about that.  This is what I have fallen in love with

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I have not had much of a chance to really research this particular hand plane.  It has a Stanley blade but I am not sure if that makes it a Stanley or not.  I will be scouring the internets for more information on this tool.  I actually bought this one and a smaller one.  I need to figure out what they are.  I will say that I read enough to figure out how to set the blade and went at the top of my jelly cupboard.  There was a little bit of a lip on the seam of the two boards and I was going to run it through the power planer but this hand plane was just calling out to me Use me Grover, use me.  Who am I to deny the will of the tool.  It knows best.  Well, after some playing and really hoping I didn’t screw my top up I had the seam on both sides leveled and the top looking awesome. 

It was amazing and a very beautiful thing to see those ribbons of wood just coming off the top.  It was almost magically and man did I work up a sweat.  I had like a whole Roy Underhill moment only he uses even older tools. 

I honestly never thought that I would be so infatuated with a hand tool but it was amazing.  I wanted to keep going and keep working the top but I didn’t want to take it down to far. 

I know I have a long way before I become proficient with the tool and have to figure out the sharpening of the blade and what exactly all of it does and the in’s and outs of using hand planes.  It’s exciting and best of all I only spent $25 on the pair of them.  I will get some shots of the smaller plane. 

Let me know about your experiences with hand tools, I’ve been a power tool guy and this is a new journey in woodworking for me.  Hopefully we can learn something together. 

Have a Great Day!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

WIWW Nightstand: I Promise it is coming

I’m sorry it is taking me so long to get the WIWW Nightstand Project started.  I have been sick and have had a sick family the last week so it has but a major halt to the blog this week.  I have also been wrapped up in a commission for four pens that I have mentioned before.  The deadline snuck up on me and I need to get them done in the next couple of days so I have time to source additional material if needed.  I have a wedding to attend this weekend so I will not get any shop time in this weekend.  :(  The wedding will be fun and we are looking forward to it.  It’s in Asheville, NC and there is a great woodworking store there that I have been wanting to check out.  Anyway.  If I can manage it I will try and get all the lumber for the nightstand and see if we can get the ball rolling, before that I want to do a quick Miter saw tuning blog to make sure we have the saw as square as possible.  Thinking about it now it might be next week before we get the nightstand started so I can devote some time to showing you how to tune your miter saw.  April has been a hectic month and I haven’t done nearly as much as I would like.  I’m sure you all can understand how life can get in the way sometimes. 

I just wanted to reach out to everyone and let them know I am still around and haven’t forgotten about you.  Those of you that don’t follow us on Facebook I had asked if anyone wanted to see how I make pens and I had several people ask to see so I will also be doing a Video, I know scary, of the process I follow to make a handmade pen. 

Speaking of videos.  Would you want to see other videos of different projects/techniques/etc? 

Have a Great Day!


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