The first dream...I think

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Project by toolchap posted 05-31-2010 06:54 PM 3226 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in 1995 something traumatic happened to me and I sometimes think good work is born from pain, whether it be poetry, music or art. In this case it was something functional. I wanted the pleasure of working wood with tools I had made myself.

The little journey of some of my tools that I use, I share humbly, truly at this moment with a knob in my throat. I think many of us have felt alone in our little world working with wood. I did not expect some of the reactions I have had as I felt that most of us make a plan, a jig, a tool. I am untrained in both woodwork and metal and I would ascribe any success I have had to determination and being dumb enough not to listen to what is not possible. I know Div will agree….hugs bro.

This one is brass (I would have loved bronze) with my first attempt at dovetails in metal. The body is Brazilian rosewood and the knobs are African Blackwood. The adjuster is very basic and functional and the front knob unscrews to allow the mouth to be fine set. In hindsight I made this plane too wide for truly fine work with one hand so I use it as a carpentry plane when I am fitting around the house or for a quick chamfer at my bench.

I wish you all a good day…success

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#1 posted 05-31-2010 06:58 PM

This is an amazing first or any attempt a beautiful creation very well done


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#2 posted 05-31-2010 07:00 PM

Thank you Jim…possibly if I had a neighbour like you I would have been more active..

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#3 posted 05-31-2010 08:30 PM

I am really impressed. These are beautiful planes. I appreciate what you said about sometimes feeling alone with our work and how nice it is to receive the compliments of other woodworkers. I too am untrained but that never stopped me from trying to make things that look and feel nice and honor the tree that it came from.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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Paul Mayer

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#4 posted 05-31-2010 08:54 PM

outstanding! that is an heirloom for sure…

-- Paul Mayer,

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#5 posted 05-31-2010 09:03 PM

Thats really something, I am very impressed, there are no end on your road.
Beautiful plane.
I wish you a wonderful travel.

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

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#6 posted 05-31-2010 09:25 PM

I am so glad that the tortoise is emerging…. I am one of a privileged few who has held your creations in my hands…. it has been an honor….Thank you brother

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#7 posted 05-31-2010 09:31 PM

Nice piece for someone with no formal training big thumbs up my friend

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#8 posted 05-31-2010 11:31 PM

This is beautiful, a real treasure. I am truly in awe of this amazing piece, thank you for sharing it,


-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#9 posted 06-01-2010 04:21 AM

Wonderful hand plane you made. very nice craftsmanship.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#10 posted 06-01-2010 05:13 AM

Very beautiful; another thing I have to add to my list of things to attempt to make.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#11 posted 06-01-2010 08:00 AM

Warm welcomes to this LJ site and may you find many inspirations and give them as well. I, for one, will follow your progress. Stay strong my friend! I wish you were closer.

Erwin Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#12 posted 06-01-2010 03:26 PM

Thank you Irwin…..thank you all… means a lot

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#13 posted 06-01-2010 03:46 PM

Very impressive work. I’ve been wanting to build some planes. This is yet another inspiration to actually do it

Thanks for sharing


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#14 posted 06-01-2010 04:28 PM

Awesome job on your plane, I been wanting to make a spoke shaver out of wood some day.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#15 posted 07-09-2010 01:45 PM

very nice. i would love to make one just like it!!

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