Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'planing'

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Dimensioning Lumber

02-01-2021 06:41 PM by 18wheelznwood | 13 comments »

One of my goals in improving my woodworking skills was to be able to purchase inexpensive rough lumber and mill it down to my desired needs. So, I bought a Dewalt 735 thickness planer and a Delta 6” Benchtop jointer to help do this. After many YouTube videos on this particular subject I felt it was time to try my hand at it. My nearby Rockler store had a nice selection of rough maple boards on sale so I picked out a nice looking one and boy was it rough. Not a square edge or corner to be foun...

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Moravian Workbench #11: Simple Work Holding

06-09-2020 12:43 PM by Tom | 2 comments »

I have been using the Moravian workbench for several months now. At first, I was not all that comfortable with the work holding methods, mainly because I have never used a leg vise. This was compounded by the leg vise needing to “break in” for a while. At first, it tended to be finicky moving it into position and would require nudging it with both hands. Also, I could not seem to find the best pin location for the size of the work piece and I would have to readjust. I have be...

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Drawer Vise - Improvised Work Holding

04-16-2020 12:06 AM by Doug | 1 comment »

Recently I’ve been working from a location where I do not have access to all of my tools – including my workbench. Not having a bench makes it a bit hard to hold work for planing. Well, I came up with a solution to the problem. I call it the “Drawer Vise”. Now, I know what you’re thinking! “Is this for real?” Well, check it out for yourself. You can see it in action here on my You Tube channel. If you like it give it a thumbs up. Be sure to subs...

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That moment when it feels like fun

03-21-2020 10:19 PM by shawnSK | 2 comments »

Today, planing a board to width, after so many plane adjustments and sharpening attempts, it finally worked. Edge shavings twice as thick as masking tape and the full board length! Now I get why people do this. :)

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Norris A5 Restoration

12-05-2019 11:35 PM by Brit | 21 comments »

After looking for many years and losing many auctions, I finally won a Norris A5 smoother for a reasonable price. I knew it needed a lot of work, but at least it looked doable. It turned out to be a rollercoaster ride with a number of heart-stopping moments. Here are the seller’s pics (not the clearest photos) so you can see what I started out with. Once I hade it in my possession, the first thing I did was clean the wood with 0000 steel wool and Liber...

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Moravian Workbench #10: The Iron Planing Stop

10-01-2019 07:40 PM by Tom | 1 comment »

The original Moravian workbench has a couple of square holes where planing stops were installed during its lifetime. On Will Myers design, he installed a custom tail vise setup with dog holes along the front of the bench. I like this setup very much and I may install something similar someday, but for now I just want a traditional iron planing stop in keeping with the historical workbench. I think that will work fine as I plan to use the workbench for breaking down and planing bigger stock...

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Roubo-ish work bench #3: Stretchers

05-14-2017 04:18 PM by galooticus | 2 comments »

Ah, stretchers. These were made from douglas 4×4s—the B-stock pieces that didn’t make the cut when laminating the top. Compared to the leg-top tenons, this stage was a breeze. As I mentioned in the last blog post, I ditched my old bench and am working entirely on the new bench from this point on. First things first, I put in a single dog hole so I could make use of a hold fast. This is the first time using anything other than irwin quick clamps for workholding. So muc...

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A Look at a Mini Kanna

05-04-2017 03:19 AM by Lemongrasspicker | 0 comments »

I have very few tools. In keeping with my living space but also in keeping with my belief that skills should surpass the tools that are used. In my mind it makes more sense to be able to make your own tools. So I was attracted to the Japanese thoughts of minimalism in both their tools and their methods. A mini kanna was something I’ve wanted for quite a while. it’s difficult to find one that is high quality new in the US (online or otherwise), but I found a maker (in Japan) tha...

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Green Woodworking #1: Green Woodworking....looking for my peeps ;)

10-04-2015 09:30 PM by Lazy_K | 8 comments »

Hi; not so much an update. but putting something here hoping it helps my search.I am looking for Green Woodworking people, amateurs, pro’s, wannabees, aficionados,... you know people who like to start with trees and make things out of them! I am especially interested in finding out if there are any “clubs” or organisations of them in the USA like there are of other turners, carvers and furnituremakers. post a reply to let me know you are out there, and all that sort of...

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My first big build, and what a journey it's been. Yet another workbench. #4: Fitting the vises and finishing up

08-31-2015 11:04 PM by Lind | 1 comment »

After a lot of planing and a lot of sanding I arrived at the above, and was ready to fit the vises. (By the way, the white spots are filler used to seal and fill som nasty planing marks where the grain switched direction… Next time I’m buying better wood.) I wanted a leg vise, but wasn’t decided on whether I was going to go with a standard parallel guide with a pin or if I wanted to try a pinless design. I haven’t used a lot of benches but the pin just didn’t...

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