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04-05-2013 08:17 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tool swap

NOTICE: Don W has posted a new forum thread for the upcoming swap. See here:

UPDATE: Link to posted marking gauge swap projects:

In the past six months on Lumberjocks, we have had two shop-made tool swaps (a mallet swap in December and a marking knife/awl swap at the end of March), both of which have been big successes. We’re now looking to do our third, which will take place sometime during the summer.

Important information for swap participants: This is a marking/mortise gauge swap. You should now know who your recipient is via the Elfster page . The tool must be mailed in time so that your recipient receives it on or before June 30, 2013. Please do not post photos of your gauge before that date. Have fun everyone!

NB If you have any issues contacting your recipient, please send me a PM on Lumberjocks.


All comments are welcome! Let’s see where this takes us.

Links to Mallet Swap Projects and Marking Knife/Awl Swap Projects.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#1 posted 04-05-2013 08:23 PM

I’m in.
Thanks for taking the lead.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#2 posted 04-05-2013 08:28 PM

Count me in. Wooden planes would definitely be easier, I’ve just had a one track mind lately :). Thanks for taking lead on this one. I can do one of the following ones.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#3 posted 04-05-2013 08:37 PM

I hope to be in, but it may depend on what ends up being decided upon, and how busy things are around then.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#4 posted 04-05-2013 08:39 PM

So, what are your preferences for the type of tool, Chris (and everyone else)?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#5 posted 04-05-2013 08:44 PM

Marking gauges would be good as it can be made by all levels of experience
It also can be done from the scrap bucket and light to post.
Great ideas, all of them though.

-- 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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#6 posted 04-05-2013 08:44 PM

I’d probably shy away from making the scraper plane and/or wood body plane, depending on how many other things are going at the time.

So I guess that would make my vote for square/bevel, or marking gauges

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#7 posted 04-05-2013 09:03 PM

Why not any of the above items? That way no one would know exactly what they are getting.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#8 posted 04-05-2013 09:07 PM

Does the square have to be square, or the plane functional? : ) I will have to admit, I had never made a mallet before the mallet swap, and I had never made an awl or marking knife before that swap either. They both seemed intimidating, but were not too bad. These sound tougher, but I guess if I study up, I can make another substandard item. I think I have been the recipient both times of items that were better than what I gave. I am dragging the curve down…

I would also like to emphasize the importance of actually sending an item if one signs up…I feel bad for those that have been jilted, and that will always be tough to patrol.

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#9 posted 04-05-2013 09:18 PM

Dallas, what has worked well in the past is to give a theme for each of the tool swaps, because it makes it a lot of fun to compare the diverse approaches to a single tool. Plus, if we base the swap on a tool genre each time, then the people that are in need of that tool or interested in signing up can participate, whereas in a random swap a person might get something they have no interest in or might not be as commensurate with the tool they built for someone else.

Shane, a wooden plane, especially in the Krenov style, is much easier than it sounds. I would put it on par with a decent mallet in terms of construction difficulty. I’m actually a little more intimidated by the square tool myself.

It does suck when someone doesn’t follow through, but in the past the response from the other participants has, I think, more than made up for that. We have a great bunch of people here. Of course, if someone hasn’t followed through with their promise to send a tool, then anathema to them!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#10 posted 04-05-2013 09:22 PM

I’m in on this one also. I was thinking that I would make a square or bevel guage. I have been asked to do a blog on the marking guage that I made for the last swap so I think that would have to wait until after this swap. Thanks Brandon for taking the lead!

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#11 posted 04-05-2013 09:22 PM

I’ll throw my hat in on this too. I will try my best to make what ever it is the best I can and hope the recipient isn’t to disappointed.

-- My theroy in wood working will be. If I'm not enjoying doing it i won't do it.

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#12 posted 04-05-2013 09:32 PM

I think the people that didn’t send a tool in the previous swap should be ineligible for future swaps, first of all. And maybe we should do some sort of check-in 2 weeks from the finish line to make sure everyone is on track.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#13 posted 04-05-2013 09:33 PM

Gatorjim – you can’t disappoint anyone as long as your project makes it to the recipient.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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#14 posted 04-05-2013 09:35 PM

I will be happy to participate again. A plane will be a new thing for me but I’ve been wanting to make some anyway, this will be a good excuse; but summer can be a busy time and a simpler tool might be better.

There are one or two folks that joined previous swaps and didn’t send anything, I would make note of those people and exclude them. Seems wrong for them to keep reaping the benefits without actually participating. Probably should mention signing up on Elfster unless you don’t want to use it again but it seemed to make the last swap much easier.

-- Rick M,

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#15 posted 04-05-2013 09:35 PM

I’ve seen on other boards where you need to send a picture of the completed project before you’re considered in.

Edit: email the moderator, not shown publicly.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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