Saturday 18 August 2012
Jointers and Smoothers
Here is the Lignum sole being glued on the base of one of the jointers, I have found many clamps gives a better joint than using a caul. I apply Polyeurathane glue to one side and water to the other. I use demineralised water for all workshop tasks to avoid possible contamination, it is a by product from my dehumidifier.
Here is the marking out for the high angled smoothers, a template with the position of the cross pin, the bed angles and the mouth is helpful. I drill all the locating dowel holes as well as the cross pin hole before removing the sides.
This is my set up for cutting the sides, a home made Mag Switch fence which is dead square and a Mag Switch feather board to prevent any wobbles. The blade is a 3tpi Lennox Trimaster carbide with a 1" width and I proceed at about 1' in 30 seconds. This may seem slow but the trade off is a surface which compares to coming off a planer.
The resulting surface ready to glue up, this saves a lot of time and prevents an unsightly glue line.
Here are some of the smoothers with a trim up freehand on the band saw. It takes just 3 minutes (in skilled hands!) to transform the glued up block into a shaped plane that's surprisingly comfortable. Krenov would have touched these up with a file and left them like that.
Here are the five jointers ready for finishing inside and glue up, not forgetting to insert the cross pin!