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Hide Glue for Beginners #1: Take it From a Real Expert

08-05-2012 04:01 AM by shipwright | 14 comments »

I promised in a recent construction series about my current project to do a ”how to get started in hide glue” tutorial, but in researching for useful photos and making sure my facts were correct, I took a second look at a series of videos with Patrick Edwards on Kieth Cruickshank’s “Woodtreks” blog. I decided that if you want to learn about hide glue I’ll let a real expert tell you about it and in video at that. You may want to watch these several times....

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How I Do Hand Plane Rehabs #6: Fixin' and Fittin' my Frog

11-23-2016 05:55 PM by HokieKen | 12 comments »

Well, we’re done with the cosmetic stuff. Time to get down to the real nitty-gritty. Woo Hoo! If you have an old plane that’s in decent enough shape that you don’t care to polish it up and there isn’t any significant rust, you can skip all of the previous work and start here. From here on is what really gets our plane in good working shape and takes a mediocre plane and makes it work better than new. We’re going to focus on the frog mainly in this entry but you have to tune the fit w...

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Stanley 45 Combo Plane Overhaul #4: New Tote and Knob

01-28-2019 02:36 PM by HokieKen | 20 comments »

I didn’t have a lot of time to spend with the #45 this weekend but I did carve out a couple of hours to make a new tote and handle :-) The original handle broke on me when I tried to drill out the pins that held it on. It was dry and cracked anyway so I would probably have replaced it regardless. And I just didn’t like the original knob at all. It’s just a ball: I did the tote first. There is a web in the cast body that the tote has to hug and flanges at top and bott...

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Another Veneer Pendant Lamp #4: Trimming veneer to length

01-26-2020 02:22 AM by Ross Leidy | 3 comments »

With the veneer strips adjusted so they formed loops as close as circular as possible (by eye), I scored the ends where they overlapped on either side of the rib. After removing each strip, I trimmed-off the ends at the score lines and used the 3 different length strips as templates for additional strips. I then disassembled all of the lamp pieces and gave everything a good sanding in preparation for some finish.

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