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Blog entry by stefang posted 01-31-2011 09:28 PM 2181 reads 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch


-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 09:51 PM

I am enjoying this. Too many on going projects to do this an this moment but I like this.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 10:02 PM

I’m still with you mike :)
but i must say a week of snowboarding was not enough… I’m burning to get back. and yet so many other tantalizing things are tugging at me! the first grøtambar awaits :D
the lag knife is in the making as i write this (gluing up)... (chose the american way ;)) tomorrow i will shape it and then post a blog.
the plane will have to wait until next weekend with school starting up now, i’ve read yours and mafe’s blogs and i’m ready to give it a go as soon as i can get some of my wood down to svendborg from my dads.
i really appreciate the tutorial!

-- -- It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 11:01 PM

Hi Mike,
I made the knife today, will post later. Today I have cut my self twice, on that lag knife… So I almost cant write… Yes you are allowed to laugh.
Welcome home Flemming.
Best thoughts,

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

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#4 posted 01-31-2011 11:24 PM

Mike I’m following and enjoying every bit of the project.

When health improves I will catch up. :)


-- 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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#5 posted 02-01-2011 12:06 AM

So done.
My lag knife.
Now I just need the binding lever.
Best thoughts,

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

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#6 posted 02-01-2011 09:05 AM

Hi Mike, I’ve been cheering you on!! :-)) I am marginally interested in making the plane at this time due to time limits. I have been busy with various other issues. But I would like to make a plane later. I’m getting caught up just in the nick of time to make the bucket. I am not sure where to find willow and not sure I could tell it from alder this time of year:-( I do have plenty of nice pine ready to go. By plenty, I mean a 50% efficiency rate on my part without having to find some more ;-)) I will probably bind with rawhide if I don’t find the willow. I’m darn sure not going to assemble a bunch of hose clamps end to end !! ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 02-01-2011 01:04 PM

David Thanks for following with. I know many would rather pursue their own interests in the shop, but I’m glad some, like yourself, are taking an interest.

Flemming Glad to have you back and participating. I’m looking forward to seeing your finished lag knife. I’m also wondering if you will be blogging a snowboard project in the future.?

Mads You and I are putting our life’s blood into this project….literally!

Jamie I’m glad you are enjoying this project, and I hope your health improves soon.

Autumn Thanks for cheering us on and I hope you do the project eventually. Meanwhile we owe you some entertainment to repay you for all the great blogs you have posted.

Bob You are our maverick participant with the rawhide idea. If you don’t have willow, then mountain ash will work and I think Alder might be ok too. Your bucket might look better with the wooden bindings. You probably know a lot more about trees than I do, but in case you’re not familiar with Willow, it gets those long furry buds in Spring. In Norway they call them goose chicks (gaas unger). Did you find enough info about the tablesaw cove cutting method? If not I will try to help you out with this.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 02-01-2011 01:20 PM

I’m a bystander. Enjoying the journey. Chuckling at the “Mads just ignores my methods and does things his own way”. Makes the class even more informative.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 02-01-2011 01:38 PM

Mike, I am very much enjoying this series and would love to be working along with you but my time simply does not permit it. I did look around for some materials to make all this from and feel certain that I could work from the blog to do my own. Great work, photography, and instruction.

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

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#10 posted 02-01-2011 01:50 PM

Thanks to Debbie and Ken for your encouraging words. This whole blog is about entertainment, hands-on or just following along.

I will be going out to the shop now to finally begin actually ‘making’ the bucket. Wish me luck!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 02-01-2011 04:24 PM

There has to be way to get you and Mafe in the same shop and cameras from 15 different angles and make a documentary of this. Two great teachers. I can only dream. Rand

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#12 posted 02-01-2011 05:12 PM

I never thought about blogging a snowboard project and i laughed when i read that. but then i realized that there are actually some useful tools you can make for the snowboard which would be nice to have in the backpack.. all in good time :)
and for now the focus must remain on the mighty fine bucket :)

-- -- It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#13 posted 02-01-2011 07:32 PM

Stephang – I’m still with you – I’m waiting to find a blade iron to finish up my plane, I’m hoping to use an existing knife for a lag knife, and I’ll be building the binding lever this week. Thanks for the blog!

-- Clarence

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#14 posted 02-01-2011 07:47 PM

Rand I probably will be popping up on Mads doorstep some day or he on mine since we live so close (overnight ferry trip and some driving). So I hope we will be meeting up in the not so distance future.

Flemming I’ll be looking forward to your snowboard tool blog. My grandkids might get interested in that one.

Clarence Very happy to have you with. You seem no stranger to knife making or plane making, or carving. After making all the tools, the bucket should be a breeze. Thanks for letting me know you are participating. I hope you will also blog your results as you go, but only if you want to. I love your work (I’ve seen your projects).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 02-01-2011 08:53 PM

once again a great blog from you Mike :-)
yes I´m still here ,more or less watching

but the pine is in house and I have started to restore some tools
and removed rust from a few planeirons so I expect there will
be a plane or two I can convert to one with a round sole :-)
I know I have a knifeblade somewhere in my mess of box´s
the worst will be to find some hard wood to the binder and knife
since I know where there is some willow I can cut
so follow closely from the sideline for later use since I have to
consentrate on the restoring/refurb of the tools for now
so as Autumn says you have your audience ready with coffee and popcorn
sitting on stools ready to learn and not relaxing in some comfortable
television chairs with build in massage option
so ceep on with the toturials ….WE WANT TO LEARN !

take care

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