you have found a good one from the sounds of it, I have got one from 1903-1910 that is really nice with rosewood handles, I don’t think it matters too much but they seemed to be better made before the 70s and the 60s looked like the last era of high manufacturing standards. My favourite period is from 1903-1930s, but they are often way more expensive.
I would use an axe in this case for the initial shaping, it’s an incredibly useful tool for this kind of thing, then the hand plane, but I’ve never worked with teak because it’s so hard to get, almost impossible to find in the UK.
I’d also love an in detail video on how to make a workbench apron drawer, to be honest I’ve been thinking of just using simpler butt joinery with coach screws and glue or wrought iron nails to save time, not sure it’ll be strong enough?
I also want drawers on both sides as well as the apron, and even after all that I’ll still need a tool box.
I would recommend starting with the smaller projects, my first projects were spoons, spatulas and a much simpler version of the chopping board, with no breadboard ends, then it was a box, bookshelves of different sizes and the three legged stool is a good easy project, but it’s a good idea to slowly build up your skills and not rush it, you will…[Read more]
btyreman replied to the topic No 80 Cabinet Scraper leaves scratch marks on pine in the forum Tools and Tool Maintenance/Restoration 1 week, 4 days ago
I only use the no80 on hardwoods, it will never cut as well on softwoods, but sharpening it took me quite a few attempts before I finally got it exactly how I want, compare some oak vs pine and you will see a huge difference in performance.
I wouldn’t recommend the no80 on any softwood, as you found out it doesn’t work properly nor does a card scraper, cedar of lebanon planes very well though, does the smell not affect the taste of food chopped on it?
my record no44 didn’t come with any blades so I bought some ray isles replacement blades, I would highly recommend them if you can get hold of a set, also make sure the bevel is 35 degrees not 30 or 25, that is very important, it is the only plane as far as I’m aware of that needs the slightly higher angle. It is probably developing the burr…[Read more]
here’s my first ever picture frame, made from quartersawn beech,
the cat is my brothers cat who sadly passed away recently aged 20, the photograph is my own work, it was professionally developed by a photo lab and printed on fine art paper, so very high quality.
making the frame was challenging but a lot of fun, the splines were not easy, I’m…[Read more]
I’m not saying cedar’s toxic, it isn’t, was just saying that you should avoid other toxic woods for example yew, rosewood, mahogany, bubinga, iroko, some people can have a bad reaction to them, it’s always best to be safe when making anything to do with kitchen utensils or chopping boards.
what kind of cedar is it? cedar of lebanon, american red…[Read more]
cedar will be very easy to carve, might actually be a bit too soft for a utensil, and I’d be concerned about the handle snapping or weakness in that area.
I prefer tight grained hardwoods like maple, sycamore, cherry, pear, poplar and beech, they will last a lot longer for sure and they suit kitchen utensils.
If all I had was cedar then I’d just…[Read more]
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