Hollows and Rounds

Yes, there’s a Perfection mitre box in the picture too, but otherwise that’s a unified set of 22 H&R planes (even numbers, from 2 to 22), along with an assortment of beaders, two pairs of T&G planes, several skew rabbet planes, and even a nosing plane as well as a fillister. All marked M. Crannell, Albany NY. One owner’s mark on each of them. Maybe I should come up with one of my own?

Now to order Bickford’s book about moulding planes from Lost Art Press…

Brown Maple in the House!

This tree, what I’ve called a Soft Maple, was in the way of a driveway-to-be and had to go.

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A few months later, after the trunk spent some time at Reform School, some slabbed lumber came to the shop!

About 80 board feet, all will finish roughly 10″ wide and over 8′ long. Rough cut to a full 4/4 thickness. Lumber in the shop, stickered and air drying, is always a good thing. Some splalting adds character as well. Wonder what these boards turn into a few years from now?

Just a Bench In Use

Had some very productive hours in the shop tonight and took a couple of pictures. Much was accomplished, a little more to do for a complete project. It’s the journey, right?

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That’s a mix of old and new. Old, because the tool tote features parts from one my grandad made years and years ago. Here’s that box prior to deconstruction:

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The stickers that are visible at each end are from his business; I wanted to save that history by re-purposing parts of his plywood tote in my shop.

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It’s not done, but the intent is clear. This tool tote is sized to fit just right in my toolchest, for those times I take some tools on the road (or across the yard, into the house for a task or two). It’s unused space otherwise, and the chest is on the small side to begin with.

More later, thanks for looking!

“Now THAT’S A Brace!”

The title is an overreach of course, but I picked up a brace today. No big deal, I have more than a couple of them already. But this was a real $2 pick-me-up for sure. I knew it had a wide sweep (Capt. Obvious, right?) but didn’t see a measure or model number at the flea market. But with a little elbow grease at the bench, this came through:

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Wow, that’s a huge sweep! Cool, anxious to give it a try! But sorry, no money shots in this installment. Just a slightly cleaned up, but oiled and free-moving, 14″ sweep brace. Oh, and the other great news? The chuck is stamped “Stanley Rule and Level”. So it fits in nicely with the rest of my ‘old arn’… That’s all for now!

Unloved Side Rabbets

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Until very recently, that is. A recent build needed tailored dado cuts, and after some pretty severe fettling, each of these Stanley side rabbet planes are at the ready. I’d not really even attempted to use them, with good reason as it turned out: The #99 needed the mouth filed a bit, the cutter bent into useable shape and the cutter’s edge re-bevelled. Never would have worked the way it was; no wonder it’s in such good shape!

The (missing) fence for the #98 has now been replaced, so both are complete. Huzzah for tools that work!

Sharper with Time

Long story short, I was doing final smoothing on a top tonight and reached for the #2 for some very local tear-out. The plane chattered and skipped across the piece… What the ??

So out came the DMTs and strop. Back wasn’t flat, edge not good at all. Who sharpened it last? I did, and near as I can tell it was back in 2010 (I took the plane to a class and remember sharpening all my tools then; this one isn’t used often.

It’s sharp now, so maybe I’ll reach for it more.  My sharpening skills have really progressed, too. A very good thing. Oh, and the pic shows the #2 next to Heft and Hubris incarnate, the #8C.

As always, thanks for looking!