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Sexy Plane Give-away Contest Project

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Blog series by Timmy2Hands updated 12-16-2015 04:09 PM 5 parts 6328 reads 15 comments total

Part 1: Sexy Plane Give-away Contest Project

12-11-2015 04:37 PM by Timmy2Hands | 8 comments »

I was planning on building a saw bench for this contest, however I realized that I actually do not have a real need for a saw bench in my shop at this time. What I really need is a way to monitor the temperature and humidity in the room that I store lumber, so I decided to go ahead and get the Hygrometer ($11.20) and Thermometer ($9.90) from Lee Valley and build a nice frame and panel for them. I’ll be using some curley maple left over from some previous projects and some walnut I have ...

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Part 2: Sexy Plane Give-away Contest Project

12-12-2015 08:04 PM by Timmy2Hands | 1 comment »

It’s time to break down the parts for the frame.I straighten one edge with the plane, mark the width using a marking guage, and cut them about 1/16” away from the line. Then its back to the plane to finish them to size and make sure all the pieces are the same width. The frame pieces need a dado cut in them to accept the panel so it’s time to get out the plow plane.This is a Record #050 combination plane. It’s used for plowing grooves and also has cutter...

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Part 3: Cutting miters and sizing the panel

12-14-2015 08:57 PM by Timmy2Hands | 2 comments »

So now that we have the dados cut in the frame pieces, it’s time to cut the miters. I start by scribing the angle with the marking knife and carry it around the entire piece using the combo square.Then I clamp the piece down to the bench top and saw it off close to the line. Now I have to clean up the saw cut on the shooting board.I position a speed square against the fence to get the 45 degree angle and clamp it in place.I find this technique to be very reliable and very ...

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Part 4: Ready for some glue

12-15-2015 08:09 PM by Timmy2Hands | 0 comments »

So this morning I’m going to start by cutting the holes for the weather instruments.I find the center of the panel and mark a line in pencil, then lines 1” on either side to give me 2” between the holes.I set my dividers to 1 1/4” and scribe two 2 1/2” circles. I use a brace and a forstner bit to make a small hole to get my saw blade through. Now it’s just a matter of cutting close to the line with the coping saw and then refining the hole with a rasp un...

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Part 5: Let's finish it!

12-16-2015 04:09 PM by Timmy2Hands | 4 comments »

Good morning Lumber Jocks!This will be the last blog in this series. It’s time for finishing. Once I get the piece out of the clamps and all the blue tape removed I set it flat on the bench face up and hold it in place with planing stops and a wonder dog.I make sure my jack plane is nice and sharp and I go around the face of the walnut frame and even out any inconsistancies. I then flip it over and do the same. I then take a fresh piece of 220 paper and a flat block and go ove...

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