Steve Ramsey's chess board #3: Slippery slope of handplanes

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Blog entry by Jake posted 12-20-2013 05:11 AM 2042 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I did what was reccomended, the big differences in width I just used my handplanes to plane it down.

I remember someone on the handplane forum saying that handplanes are a slippery slope… Well i feel like it it’s more of a botomless abyss, the fall from not using one to shopping for new ones has been a swift one… :)

Anyhow, planed about 1/4 off of the chesss board top. The planing was fine, took me like 2-3 hours with sharpening and testing – this was my first time actually trying to plane something resembling a flat surface. But the initiall strips were not uniform, meaning that the glue up wasn’t as great as i had hoped – there are gaps in the chess sboard top. No worries though, this will serve as my test piece, starting work on new pieces tomorrow.

The table saw marks on the strips are nice are they not? Guess I should get a better TS, but not yet.

Those 2 colour shavings are so beautiful!! I actually saved a bag full of those and chucked it on my dresser, until I can find inspiration on what to do with them.

dry fit of the pieces

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#1 posted 12-20-2013 07:24 AM

Oh yea it is a slippery slope indeed… and those nice two colored shavings don’t help either.
In the picture of the planes, the black handled one looks like a #10 variant, maybe a 10 1/2. Am I correct?

From the looks of things, the chess board turned out ok too.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#2 posted 12-20-2013 09:59 AM

I honestly have no idea, these planes were handed to me by my great uncle, the brown handle one I touched up some week ago or something, and the blakc handle one I just refurbished some yesterday. It had a big blotch of rust in the back and some corrosion on the body, but the blade was in great shape.

The blade is not 90 degrees to the base, it has a small angle, and you don’t drop the blade in from above, but put it in from the base.

Here’s a closer pic:

If you know what this is and what it is used for I would be very thankful for any info, as I am heading down the abyss anyway, I might as well Embrace the dark side. :D I have one more which is like a 1” blade, I will have to have all of these vetted by you guys and tell me what they are and what they are used for. :D

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#3 posted 12-20-2013 12:19 PM

Can’t tell you model numbers, but the black handled one looks to be a rabbeting plane…You use it to cut rabets along the edge of a board…the blade can cut right to the edge of the plane due to the cut-out.

The other one (brown handled) will be better for general smoothing.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#4 posted 12-20-2013 12:26 PM

Awesome, thanks for the info!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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#5 posted 12-20-2013 12:49 PM

Nice looking shavings. Enjoy the ride.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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