• Advertise with us
Blog series by PurpLev updated 06-06-2012 10:17 PM 6 parts 62124 reads 87 comments total

Part 1: What was your first experience with handplanes?

02-13-2009 12:31 AM by PurpLev | 9 comments »

Mine was about 7 years ago, I still wasn’t doing anything woodworking like, and we had moved to a new apartment where the bathroom door wouldn’t close since it was too tall and would hit the jamb (well- actually we mounted one of those over-the-door-hanger thingies which made things that way) so, my wife suggested we get a handplane to fit the door to the (now lower) opening. I have never worked with a handplane before , and the closest thing I’ve ever held in my hand was...

Read this entry »

Part 2: Cap Iron, and Lever Cap Positioning

08-19-2009 08:04 PM by PurpLev | 8 comments »

Hi, I’ve seen these questions raised on several threads, and for many years didn’t know the answer to these myself. I just stumbled upon the “answers” which reminded me of the questions, so I figured I’d post it here for anyone that might be able to use it. I stumbled upon these on Lee-Valley website which is a golden fountain of knowledge if you know how to find it (some of their articles and tips are not visible, nor easy to come upon unless you stumble upon...

Read this entry »

Part 3: Fore play ...err... Fore plane that is.

08-23-2009 05:12 PM by PurpLev | 27 comments »

While working on building my workbench, I ended up breaking the Y part that is responsible for blade advancement (in/out) in my Buck-Bros #5 Jack plane. This one was probably one of my very first woodworking tools that I still have today, and with it I learned much about hand planing from proper tuning, to usage. As it happened, a day after It broke, I found a Stanley #6 fore plane on craigslist, and as luck had it – the guy was a few streets away from me. NICE. I figured I’m g...

Read this entry »

Part 4: You don't know Jack!

10-18-2011 09:14 PM by PurpLev | 12 comments »

It all began when I was building my workbench (blogged here). I was using my first (dedicated woodworking tool purchased) #5 BORG buck-bros Jack plane and it broke. It was working quite well after I learned to tune it, but the materials it is made of are just too weak and flimsy and the yoke that controls the blade travel just broke and became useless: I was bummed, but hey it was a good learning experience, and I have been keeping an eye open for a replacement #5 ever since. not reall...

Read this entry »

Part 5: Ex Skews Me, Is that a block in your plane?

10-23-2011 03:06 AM by PurpLev | 12 comments »

It is interesting how our focus can sometimes hide things from plain site (or is it plane site?). Following up the last post in this blog series I finally found a replacement #5 for my broken one. I found it in a bunch of tools and was so focused on the #5 that I didn’t really pay much attention to the rest of the things, but took it as a whole figuring I can always use an extra tool or 2, or sell some to recoup the expense. One of those things I was planning on restoring and rese...

Read this entry »

Part 6: #7: confused? - good!

06-06-2012 10:17 PM by PurpLev | 19 comments »

So this is Post #6 in this series, but it’s about the #7… Still confused… oh boy. I guess I could rearrange the posts on this series to match up with the plane numbers, but that means that I’d have to post 110 posts in this series if I ever want to mention the Stanley 110 plane… maybe I’ll just keep it simple and as is :) This post is about the #7 hand plane (Stanley #7) which is a jointer plane. it is the longest of the more popular hand plane (aside...

Read this entry »

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics