Tuesday, 10 July 2018

New Shooting Board

I've used a 33" long shooting board for about 15 years but on a number of occasions recently I've found it a bit short. So with a hour or so to spare I made myself a new longer one.
It's 48" long x 11" wide and made from 3/4" multi ply.

When I'm planning long grain I use the sole of the plane to achieve a straight edge, rather than rely on the board as you would with end grain. I hollow the middle and then take through strokes until a get a full shaving, thank you David Charlesworth.


I lined the runway with self adhesive UHMW tape which gives a durable and very slick surface.
Below is my collection of shooting boards, all very useful. An end grain board with a 'trap' for my Veritas shooting board plane which gives me a perfect 90 degrees. A 45 degree mitre plane as per Bob Wearing's book and my new extra long board.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Garrett Hack in Israel

A friend of mine Mishael Levron runs a tool dealership in Israel and Garrett Hack came over to teach for a very enjoyable week. This short video starts in Israeli but fast forward to Garrett and it's in English.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Nice Customer Projects

Ron sent me these pictures of a very nice tool chest he made in quarter sawn oak.

 He only took up woodworking a year ago and has certainly learnt fast!

He used shellac to protect the box and give it a nice shine.

A shaker style table, again in quarter sawn oak with contrasting wedges.

And lastly he also sent me a picture of a rare George Miller rhino horn shoulder plane bought at an auction for less than £10! Lucky man, even un named this is worth £200+

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Planes for Sale on E Bay

I've a few planes for sale on E Bay finishing this Sunday. This is a very nice Norris No 2 in great undamaged condition and a super tight mouth, it would make an excellent user plane.

This Norris A13 is a bit more collectable but still another great user with a tight mouth and original blade.

I have a couple of Norris bullnose planes, this one a gunmetal No 27.

And finally below a tiny wooden smoother made by Bill Carter.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Box Making Techniques

I've tried various techniques for making bridle joints (open mortice and tenon), the band saw, the router table and by hand. But this method I've found to be the most accurate by using the table saw. You can buy tenoning jigs which ride in the mitre slot but the one I tried was so poorly made it was a waste of time and money. The picture above shows a piece being clamped vertically to the Flip Stop on my cross cut sled, it requires removal of the guard and while it may look dangerous, it allows you to stand well out of the firing line when the cuts are being made.

This shows the 7 pieces that make up the panelled lid on the box, everything can be dry fitted and marked with dots prior to glue up. I didn't reply on the table saw to cut right to the base line, instead I used a cutting gauge and sharp chisels to make the final cuts for a perfect gap free result.
Another technique to ensure the centre rail is perfectly aligned with the end rails is to start with the three pieces exactly the same length and make the same shoulder mark with the cutting gauge. The over long tenon for the centre piece can then be trimmed back to length and you'll know that all three pieces will snug up perfectly.

Bridle joints require a multitude of clamps to make everything is gap free.

For the mitred tray support I shoot each of the four pieces to a snug fit in its opening and then use the mitre shooting board to trim each corner back to the edge. This will be a fraction too tight and gives you the opportunity to shim as necessary for a final perfect fit.

I like to use leather bumpers on the base of my boxes to reduce movement and stops scratches. Shop bought ones tend to be in felt and are too thick as well as expensive, so I simply choose some leather, apply double sided tape and use whatever sized punch I please.

A nice discrete finish to suit the colour and size of the box.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Norris No 17 Finished

With the clamp removed and everything sanded and blended here is the naked result. You can see the black lines of the wonderful Rio rosewood which will sadly be obscured when the stain is applied.

After two coats of stained oil, numerous quick coats of diluted shellac and a rub down with 0000 wire wool and carnauba wax here is the result.

Restored to its former glory it looks a treat and feels very nice in the hand.

I had intended to antique the woodwork by trying to replicate the bumps and knock of 120 years of life but it looks just fine as it is.

The blade and chip breaker that came with the plane were the wrong size and certainly the wrong type, so I treated it to a parallel Sorby blade and matching chip breaker. In all about 5 hours satisfying work.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Norris Plane No 17 - Refurbishment

I bought this rare Norris No 17 on E Bay recently, it has a few issues but was a bargain.
I've refurbished lots of planes over the years so I've learnt what I'm capable of repairing and also roughly how long it will take.

The first issue was the front bun which had been crudely repaired and not shaped accurately, as you can see alongside an No 2 which shows the correct profile.

The spur had also been replaced, again the repair was clearly visible and the shape was incorrect.
The big advantage of both these repairs was that they were too big so I was hopeful that they could just be re shaped and refinished.

First job was to make a plywood template of the front, I've no doubt that the craftsman at Norris also used templates in their day for a repeatable profile.

I applied masking tape to make the shaping easy to see.

I removed a chunk of wood carefully on the band saw to get a perfectly flat reference on top.
It was here I was relieved to find the repair had been done with rosewood rather than a stained hardwood.

Rasps made fast work of the shaping followed by sanding through to 320 grit. I was reminded of why rosewood got its name, not the colour but the smell given off when it's worked.

To darken down the rosewood to match the original, I used powdered spirit stains (lamp black and burnt umber) in a small amount of penetrating oil. This would get the final finish later.

I used the same method to mark out the spur for re shaping. However once I started using the rasps it was clear that the hair crack in the handle needed some attention first, as I could feel movement. Thankfully the crack hadn't been glued in the past so I was able to push in some epoxy resin (also with stain added) and firmly clamp the handle together. This will give a very strong repair and hopefully an invisible one. I need to leave well alone until tomorrow.