Headaches, Bewilderment, and New Addictions

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Project by Jim posted 03-08-2010 02:38 AM 3330 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I have finally started finishing my “Winter Projects”.

I started the router table back in August but it quickly got put aside as Christmas, and all the gifts I wanted to get done, started drawing to a close. The router table is “The Ultimate Router Table” from Fine Woodworking. I’ve wired a switch on the side and 2 outlets for router and vacuum. There’s a fence for it too but it wasn’t on the table at the time of the pic.

The other projects were 3 of Andy’s Art Boxes that were requested after revealing the one I made for my wife at Xmas. I really don’t like copying someone else’s work (although I did on the first one just to learn how to make them) so expect to see my own twist on Andy’s technique when these are finished. I had a problem though, I couldn’t get perfect 45 degree miters to save my life. To fix this, I built the shooting board. Which leads to the headaches, bewilderment, and addictions. I built the shooting board, and got hooked to restoring old planes.After all that work, by dumb luck I unknowingly managed to fix the problem of the 45s on my saw and got perfect miters before I even got to use the shooting board on the project I built it for. Oh well, I’m sure it will prove invaluable over time for other projects. Two of the boxes are hickory, the third is cherry.

Now to take the time to fully restore the planes instead of just making them operational. The #4 needs a new blade because it’s pitted pretty bad, and the sole is a bit but I believe it’s manageable. The #5 will probably need a good electrolysis bath, and a new tote or at least a glue fix. I learned SO much from restoring these, before this planes were one of the most complicated mysteries to me, and in one weekend I had them trued up, sharpened, and I figured out how to adjust and tune them to perfection. Now I need a #7 and a block plane.

-- -- Jim - Kokomo, Indiana

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#1 posted 03-08-2010 03:39 AM

Welcome to the slippery slope of handplanes.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 03-08-2010 07:21 AM

Haven’t traveled down that slope yet. Hand planes are one of the many things I have never used.

As far as the Andy boxes are concerned, I have seen several on here and they all have their makers own touch to them. That is what is soo nice about working wood. You take a set plan and make it your own.

Great job. Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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