Slippery Slope II ...... Getting Steeper

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Project by shipwright posted 12-16-2013 08:39 PM 6153 views 9 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So … it appears that taking up hand tools involves more than just making a few planes. ..... Who knew??? These things need to be adjusted with little mallets and the blades have to be sharpened really sharp. OK, I’m into it now so here’s my solution.

The little mallets have Osage Orange heads and Mesquite handles to match the planes. (Oh, I do have it bad, don’t I?) The smaller is just right for the block plane and the larger works better for the bigger planes.

The sharpening station was going to be just a box to keep my glass sheets in, to keep them clean and safe, but oh no, I had to go and veneer it to make it pretty. (It’s Zebrano with Carpathian Elm Burl ends.)
.... and if you’re going to veneer it, you may as well add some of the left over marquetry you have lying around from an old project.

Am I getting carried away? ...... No matter, I’m having fun.

The photos show:

1) The mallets and portable sharpening station.

2) The same, with the box closed

3) The box, chocked in the wagon vice, in use.

4) Open, showing storage of honing guide, extra abrasive film and foam sheet.

5) Suitcase shot.

6) The end showing the Burl

Thanks for looking in.

I hope I made you smile … at least a little.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#1 posted 12-16-2013 08:46 PM

I think Paul waxed his toboggan!!

Really nice work Paul. (As Always.) I really like the sharpening box, one more idea of your for me to steal shamelessly. Although my Eze Laps and strop would go in it. I like how you incorporated a holder for your sharpening aide.

-- - Terry

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#2 posted 12-16-2013 08:51 PM

Somehow that looks funny on top of a plywood bench.

Good job Paul. Now go plane something.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 12-16-2013 08:55 PM

Paul, that is just amazing! You put us all to SHAME, and we love it….

-- I never finish anyth

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#4 posted 12-16-2013 09:02 PM

your having a great time, and as you do so well, you have made it so pretty, i like it, and i know you do for sure…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 12-16-2013 09:13 PM

That might well be the fanciest sharpening station I’ve ever seen!

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#6 posted 12-16-2013 09:14 PM

Paul, you certainly do have it bad…and that is good. Using pretty tools makes the job more pleasant, but anything can be taken to the extreme. I don’t know if this comes under the category of “too pretty to use,” or “just showing off,” but I liked seeing it. Thanks for sharing.

My three-year-old grandson has been teaching me that there is much to be said for just playing around and not taking the play too seriously. It is therapeutic. Adults tend to overlook the importance of play time. Nice to see that you don’t…and that is a good thing too. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 12-16-2013 09:15 PM

Another superb project Paul. Beautifully done, and well thought out . . . as usual.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#8 posted 12-16-2013 09:20 PM

YES my friend you have it bad, but I mean that in a good way! Very nice projects Paul.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#9 posted 12-16-2013 09:52 PM

Well done now I have to at least spray paint the cardboard box my sharpening stuff lives in, black?, white, woodgrain ya that’s the one I will do.

-- Owen, Lethbridge, Alberta

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#10 posted 12-16-2013 09:55 PM

Your intuitive imagination just keeps you on that icy slope. Guess you’ll never be able to keep your balance. Just continue to slide to the bottom, then slip again before you get back to the top. Wonderfully done my friend. Suppose AZ is keeping you dusty after cutting sanding and smoothing. Thanks for sharing.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#11 posted 12-16-2013 09:56 PM

Paul just wonderful
All your posts give me a smile :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#12 posted 12-16-2013 10:11 PM

Nice use of your veneer stash.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#13 posted 12-16-2013 10:19 PM

Very nice !
The brasswork does give a nice accent

-- Fabrice - "On est bien bête mais on sent bien quand on se fait mal" - my grandfather

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#14 posted 12-16-2013 10:31 PM

Ohhh yes Paul you are infected.
And in the most wonderful way.
I have a really big warm smile on my face.
Really nice setup and a real Paul.
Best thoughts,

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

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#15 posted 12-16-2013 11:09 PM

Ah Paul, when I catch your projects, it’s so much fun to read about them! A job well done….


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