Hand tool revalations #1: the revolution has begun

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Blog entry by Andrew posted 01-08-2012 03:27 AM 1986 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Hand tool revalations series Part 2: Stanley No. 48, new to me »

It all started with the purchase of a stanley #48, the tongue and groove plane. I saw it on Roy Underhills show the WoodWright. So it is really his fault. Anyway I have slowly and sometimes quickly started accumulating hand tools. So now its time to use them, I chose to make a table out of Pine for a friend. Pine is soft and should be fairly forgiving of mistakes or improper techniques.

This is only the beginning, I figure if I can get comfortable with the hand tools, then future projects where a mix of power and hand tools will be far more efficient and higher quality.
So I start with the legs, crosscutting to length, and then ripping to width. Now I realize I need to get some saws sharpened, and thats where they are now until wednesday when I pick them up. So now I need to cut a rabbet into half of the legs First I ripped a kerf to establish the the edge of my rabbet. I am using my 192 rabbet plane from stanley, (estate sale find $10). It has a depth stop. Next I need to chisel out the Mortises ( half Mortises? (you will see what I am doing later on))
Now I need to smooth and even out my mortises, time to use the Stanley 71 I got myself for Christmas, (part of my Wifes ruse to keep me suprised for my actual present).

So I put 2 half mortises together together and clamp them to the table and run that plane back and forth until everything is clean and smooth. Now I can glue the legs together, I just put 1 straight peice into the rabbet and clamp it at 90 degrees, easier to say than to do it, but not bad.

I would like to say Hand tools are a lot of work, I really didn’t get that much done, but I feel like I really worked. Time to go watch Roy, next installment should be tomorrow, the 48 and the top.
Thanks for checking it out.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#1 posted 01-08-2012 03:43 AM

Good luck with the project, looking forward to future posts and progress.

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#2 posted 01-08-2012 05:29 AM

And the addiction begins…I am excited to see where it takes you.

I love the pick of you making shavings angels by the way.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#3 posted 01-08-2012 06:21 AM

Tis the season for slippery slopes. One of my addictions is looking at pictures and reading posts from folks addicted to old hand tools. I save a lot of coin that way. Live vicariously or go home…

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#4 posted 01-08-2012 07:22 AM

Love it, slip-slide away (like the rest of us!) love you handtools, looking good!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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