Friendship shrine #2: Joints and planes..._

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Blog entry by mafe posted 08-09-2021 05:20 PM 996 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Friendship shrine
Joints and planes…

This is part two of the blog, for more info read first part intro.

In this part, it will be mostly joints and a little ramblings about handmade shoulder planes…

At the end of last part, I were jointing some thin wood pieces on a Stanly number six.
Here they are being glued together, to become a drawer bottom.
Clamps, clamps and clamps.

After the glueup, a wonderful match and play in this wood that came all the way from South Africa. Thank you dearest Div, where ever you are.

Beautiful yes?
I see birds and a man with a beard.

Setting up the Festool finger jointing system.
I decided there should be a machine made joint in it also.

Making sure I get equal spacing, in top and bottom.

And after the fingers are cut with a spiral bit.
That wood is amazing, my friend Flemming found it in the street and gave it to me, it had been a part of a furniture. Thank you Flemming.

Fingers and eyes.

A specially precious piece of spalted wood again from Div in South Africa, was cut up carefully.

Perfect 90.


As you can see the play is amazing in this and it’s almost a painting, so I were really nervous about sawing it and used a ultra thin and fine toothed saw, with almost no set.

Cutting rabbets.

Like this, for the traditional Japanese type drawer fronts.

It goes well and they are made a wee proud, so they can be adjusted with a rabbet plane.

Drawer sides.
This is American walnut as I remember, but I can’t remember who send it for me and it annoys me… Pls let me know…

Adjusting the rabbets.
With this wonderful shoulder plane, that were made by Div and he send me, yeas back. This became my inspiration, to start making my own planes, so it made a big impact. Thank you Div.

My own low angle shoulder plane, that really works amazingly well, even it was a great challenge and took a curved wedge, to make it function properly.

Veritas mini shoulder plane, a winner, when working small spaces, really love it in use, but bought it just for fun.

My own micro shoulder plane, go home Veritas and yes it works just perfect.

Needed focus, when I made it.

Here next to Div’s, small shoulder plane.

Back to the project, sorry.
Small drawers starts to take shape.

Yes I like the marking lines visual after.
Always mark the waste or you will make mistakes.


Ok, let’s put the toys aside.

And get back to work or playing, if you will.

Wonder what I were thinking when I made those markings…
Focus MaFe!

Put the drawer side in the moxon.

Another piece same size in other end.

Cut a wee down, with a razor sharp chisel, be careful, this wood is crisp and might crack, so don’t go too deep.

Other side.

Cut in 45 degree on the waste side.

Like this.

Now the saw have a place to rest and will follow that line perfectly.
That trick learned me to make my joints fit every time.

And saw down to the line.
I went a little over here… MaFe!

Chisel out in steps.

Turn and repeat on back.


Then to the line.

I call that sharp.

For me this is the level I aim for, when making joints by hand.

More marking.
Using a Veritas marking gauge and a self made cutting gauge.
I made two of the cutting gauges, the second were send to Mike / Stefang in Sweden, as a gift of gratitude for his bucket master class. May you rest in peace Mike.

A box in a box (front half), a shelf.

When the shelf is out, it look like this.
A hidden drawer, with pull, that doubles as divider and two small drawers on each side.

Pulled out.

Here you see why I had to cut the front drawer piece so carefully.

Shelf back on.

Box in box in.

Lid on.
Now the concept is clear.

Rabbets for box in box bottom.

Bottom cut to size.

Under side rough with milling saw marks and here you can read the label Div, had put on it.

Almost a shame to have it as a bottom.

Now a fitting wood, to fix the rabbet holes.
Not rabbit holes…

Bottom for small drawers.
Amazing piece of wood, again from Div in South Africa, I can see he is over represented here, kind of nice as I have no contact with him any more, but once in a while wonder if he is having a good life.

Here the label.

First for the hidden drawer.

And other for the two small drawers.

We got drawers!

Rough on the back again, I like this.

This is where we end today.
See you soon.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, boxes or friendships, well even both.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 08-09-2021 07:22 PM

Beautiful wood, work, and photography. Thanks for sharing.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 08-09-2021 07:44 PM

That is some very fine detailed work. I like how you fit all the pieces using your collection of planes!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 08-09-2021 08:28 PM

lookin real good my that tiny shoulder plane,very cool.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 08-09-2021 10:56 PM

Don’t ever stop being you mads….I’m in awe once again.

-- “The second mouse today is the first mouse tomorrow” French philosopher La’Roy De’Mon

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#5 posted 08-09-2021 11:29 PM

Very cool Mafe!...You sure have all the tools to handle all that…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 08-10-2021 12:25 AM

Lovely :-)

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#7 posted 08-10-2021 01:46 AM

Such amazing photos…. and cool miniplanes :)

-- Galootish log blog,

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Dave Polaschek

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#8 posted 08-10-2021 03:59 AM

You’re making a pretty one, Mads.

I don’t think I sent you a chunk of American walnut, though I can’t remember what I did send you…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 08-10-2021 10:08 AM

Very nice.
What will you use to pull the two drawers?

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#10 posted 08-10-2021 11:48 AM

Hi again,

MrLaughingbrook, Thanks for watching and leaving a comment, it is this interaction that brings the smiles.

Jim Jakosh, Thanks Jim, the truth is we can make a lot with really little, but with the right tools we can make it more easy, more precise and with greater joy. I always get happy when I use the little planes, fell like they have a life of their own.

Pottz, Big smile, only problem is you can’t sneeze using it… laugh. It’s actually so amazingly useful and does a great job, but most of all it makes me think: did I really make that? Smiles.

Tony S, Big warm laugh here, honestly I’m hopeless at being other than me, I’m the worst at pretending, so I am really hoppy for that request. Big thank you from my heart, that is a compliment that goes deep.

mtnwild, I always wanted a simple life with no possessions, guess I failed… Laugh. Love that fail. Thanks dear Jack.

Icemanhank, You got a message. Big smile.

swirt, Thank you for the kind words, big warm smile to you.

Dave Polaschek, Big smile, I try my best. I have decided you are all in all the wood, so you are there also. Thank you Dave. Laugh none of us remember, it’s called age and time.

Sylvain, that is one excellent question! Well observed, how on earth can there be drawer pulls, when there is a box in the box… Let’s keep it a cliff hanger… Thank you.

Best thoughts to all of you,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#11 posted 08-10-2021 01:40 PM

I love to watch you work. It inspires me to always try to do better.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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James E McIntyre

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#12 posted 08-10-2021 03:58 PM

Amazing work and detailed progress story. Great photos and wow you have a serious plane collection.

-- James E McIntyre

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Dave Polaschek

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#13 posted 08-11-2021 02:29 AM

Ahh, spalted stabilized elm, spalted stabilized birch, and apple, that’s what I sent!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 08-11-2021 05:03 PM

Wow!!! Your hands are massive! You know what they say about men with big hands Mads…

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#15 posted 08-11-2021 05:04 PM

...big gloves. LOL.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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