Think I got the upper hand on this big boy, now. Looking forward to taming the beast and making some pretty, pretty shavings.
Preparations for the Derby have begun. About the only regular woodworking gigs the I'm doing these days is making custom hat blocks for a local milliner http://www.formeonlineshop.com/. Fun work if you can get it! This is a brim block for big 'ol Derby hats.
Variety is a good thing... just say'in.
This plane is my most popular design. I can't remember how I conjured up the adjustment mechanism. Guess I ate my Wheaties that morning. I don't make a habit of beating my own chest... but, this plane kicks ass.
My second round of making these little guys, and I love everything about them. They're the gateway drug of infill planes.
A bit of wisdom gleamed from a decade of bartending... stay in on New Year's Eve. So, without a soul crushing hangover, I managed to get this one finished.
I've screwed and pinned my body parts together. Next step... Putt'in On the Ritz. That entails a whole lot'ta grinding, filing, and flattening. My, god... the flattening.
This little smoother is in now in the queue.
The stock for these planes is dimensioned, beveled, and (mostly) drilled and tapped. Next step is to shape the components, before assembly. Four planes at once is my idea of production.
This was my Grandfather's lathe. If I were to tell you half of what I know of his life, you'd envision me writing this while wearing a tinfoil hat. Born in Sicily, his family eventually settled in Chicago. Prohibition... WWII... The Cold War. Use your imagination to fill in the blanks. He purchased this lathe to make silencers. I now use it to make levercap screws. I think we can put that in the swords to plowshares column.
Don't get me wrong. My Grandfather was a brilliant and ethical man.
This is my milling machine. It's a Smithy... which is the Mandarin word for "shit". There are more things wrong with this piece of gear, than right. I won't bore you with the details. Point is: you can do a lot with a little. Most of my labor is spent on hand work, anyhow.
Holly Cannoli! I have a Lie Nielsen show next month. Time to get crack'in. This is the humble beginnings of an infill plane.
Made shavings with my first miter plane today. Big fun. It came off the surface grinder pretty darn square... and, the look of ground stainless kind of turns me on. So, the sides on this guy will not get the rub-a-dub.
Well, what's funner than getting splattered with oil while making tools all day? Coming home and writing about it, of course.
I've decided to slide back the curtain. Stay tuned for shop pics, geeky techno talk, country wisdom, and drunken diatribes.