Shoulder Plane, Bow Sander, Mallet - 2019 Spring Swap

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Project by JohnMcClure posted 03-17-2019 04:36 AM 1508 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a great time participating in the 2019 Spring Surprise Swap. Tony (GR8HUNTER) was my recipient; this guy makes some amazing things. My gifts to him aren’t lookers, but hopefully he finds them useful.

Shoulder Plane: Wanted one for a long time. Unfortunately I ran out of time and couldn’t make another one to keep for myself. The iron is from Hock Tools; I first tried a Rockler iron and it’s worthless (just ask Kelleycrafts). Plane sole and core is purpleheart, sides are maple. This plane uses a thumbscrew instead of a wedge, I hope that makes it much less finnicky to set.
For anyone who doesn’t know, the shoulder plane has a blade that is as wide as the sole, which necessitates its unusual construction but allows one to clean the inside corners of tenons and the like.

Bow Sander: Body is a mystery wood. I ripped into thin strips, heated and clamped into a curved form, then glued and clamped into the curved form. Maple jaws hold the sandpaper in place. Seems like something Tony could use for his model-making. I should probably make one for myself too!

Mallet: Head is white oak, handle is pecan. I turned a round tenon on the end using a file box, then threaded it to fit the head. I figured Tony may want to refine the handle to his grip before securing it into the head.

Laser engraving: A thread here introduced me to an inexpensive laser engraver on Ebay. I put Tony’s Tony the Tiger motif on one side, and a rendition of the LJs logo with “Tony” on his apron on the other side. Thanks to Kelleycrafts for a rendered logo too.

Had a great time, can’t thank everyone enough for the tremendous help on these and numerous other projects. I may not have time or skill for the next swap but I hope to do this again sometime.

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 03-17-2019 08:21 AM

Looks plenty skilled to me, John. Glad I didn’t go with my original plan for a shoulder plane, yours is nicer than what I originally planned.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 03-17-2019 10:50 AM

Well done John! I’m sure Tony will get a lot of use out of all of your gifts!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#3 posted 03-17-2019 12:19 PM

John, your stuff is awesome. Definitely “lookers”! A lot of work and creativity went into this set and I’m sure Tony will get a lot of use out of them. Don’t sell yourself short buddy, you have amazing skills!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 03-17-2019 01:59 PM

The laser engraving is a really nice personalized touch. I will be making a bow sander once the dust settles from the move in 4-5 months.

Thanks for participating in the swap. Hopefully, you will be able to try some more swaps.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#5 posted 03-17-2019 02:43 PM

All of these tools look really useful and very well made and pleasing to the eye.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 03-17-2019 05:38 PM

They’re great!!!!!!!

The Tony the Tiger motif is killer. Nice job.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 03-17-2019 11:13 PM

Great batch of tools. The quality really shows. I bet they will be a pleasure to use. I think we all would have been proud to receive.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#8 posted 03-18-2019 12:32 PM

Awesome work John! All extremely useful tools and the woods and personalization make it an excellent package!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#9 posted 03-18-2019 12:50 PM

and I shall give a GR8 big thanks to John…. as I just love everything …. I got an email from Earl ask me if if my swapper put tony the tiger on it …. would this be ok with me …. this had my mind racing in all directions … I love the bow sander the best ….. thanks John please join in another :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#10 posted 03-19-2019 07:23 PM

Well done John! All those items are really useful and don’t short yourself on their looks, they look great.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#11 posted 03-29-2019 12:17 PM

Lovely tool set.
The bow sander is brilliant.
Best thoughts,

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

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