Thank you @scottchensoda, I am glad to hear that you are happy with it.
May I ask where did you purchase your blades? I have been reading about a handful of websites where quality blades can be purchased, both in the UK and in Italy, where I live, and I wanted to hear from you your own experience, if you don’t mind 🙂
That is actually a brilliant idea… And if it shipped all over EU it would be perfect 🙂
I just paid over 500 euros for 20 something boards of red oak less than 2 meters long and 20mm thick: 6 boards are not […]
Thanks for this video, it was very good.
Around the one hour mark, when you reassemble the frog, you point out the “step” between the frog edge and the back of the throat of the plane.
What if the frog […]
Another great video, with a great quote in it that really resonates with me:
That’s what you want when you go through life… You want people to say: “he cared”.
That said, maybe I missed this in […]
Very well executed!
I built something similar to yours (not as beautifully executed) with the piece where the saws are inserted into which is not glued. This way I can modify the existing piece or insert a new one if I decided to change the way I spaced the saws
This is a bottomless box made of pine, with four “beams” across the top, lined with leather strips to cushion the tool handles and provide a firmer grip.
I didn’t have the tools to build a more traditional chisel till with round holes and slots to slide individual tools in them, so I came up with this simpler design which I though someone might…[Read more]
Not having layout lines on the other pieces comes with a cost if things don’t go as precisely and as smoothly as planned. Also when gang cutting you need to make sure all the face sides are towards you so that you […]
As a follow up, I recently received a box of hardwood shorts from the UK, which I purchased on eBay to practice with hardwood. Now I understand why some people mentioned that pine is harder to work with because of the very noticeable difference between the soft and hard rings. I have also improved my sharpening by adding a strop made of leather…[Read more]
I want to build a chisel till, which means I need to make some round holes in a piece of wood to insert the chisels inside. I don’t have a power drill yet, and I noticed that Paul uses a Makita, although I am having a hard time distinguishing the model he is using. I heard good things about Makita’s. They are 18v, powerful and long lasting. Most…[Read more]
I recently purchased a couple of brass back tenon saws on eBay and I am in the process of cleaning them, sharpening them and setting them. They have two different logos on one of the brass nuts on the handle. i was looking online for resource to understand how old they can be, based on the shape of the handle, on the shape of the logo on the brass…[Read more]
@jotato: very kind of you – unfortunately I live in Italy, a bit far away 🙂 in fact finding wood is my hardest task… even just a couple of boards of bad looking pine here can cost around 20 euros 🙁 I used to live near NY for about ten years and remember now with envy the racks full of wood at the Home Depot, hehehehe…
For now I will…[Read more]
@mattmcgrane: “With practice will come more confidence. Your chisels will be sharper and your hammer blows more solid. Eventually you’ll get the dovetail cut out with fewer blows.” I think that’s the key – being my first box I feel like when I was learning to drive, and I had to think where to but my hands, how to change gears, when to a…[Read more]
@frankj, this is very interesting. The pin recesses had about 10-15 annual rings within 14mm, and it took me about 10-12 rounds of hammering + chiseling the waste before reaching breaking point (almost always with a fracture in the middle). Intuitively, I was using the Stanley knife to perfect the wall each time, breaking off the compressed fibres…[Read more]
@frankj, this is very interesting. The pin recesses had about 10-15 annual rings within 14mm, and it took me about 10-12 rounds of hammering + chiseling the waste before reaching breaking point (almost always with a fracture in the middle). Intuitively I was using the Stanley knife to perfect the wall each time, breaking of the compressed fibres…[Read more]
I am using the EZE-Lap C/F/SF (I believe they are 250/600/1200 grit) and I believe I am removing the burr (at least I feel the burr after sharpening and I am seeing it go away at the end once I turn the chisel on its “back” and pass it once or twice on the 1200.
The detail picture shows that, like you mentioned, the middle part teared (it happened…[Read more]
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