4 Planes in 2 Sizes... Some Assembly Required

     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.

 

On the topic of drilling and tapping... Don't go cheap on tooling.  A broken tap in a blind hole can really fuck-up your day.  Gives me turrets, just thinking about it.      

On the topic of drilling and tapping... Don't go cheap on tooling.  A broken tap in a blind hole can really fuck-up your day.  Gives me turrets, just thinking about it.      

The Mafia, OSS, CIA, and a Lathe

     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.    

My Dirty, Little Secret

     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. 

In defense of 'Ol Smithy... There's a place for cheap gear.  I bought this years ago with the vaguest notion of making a plane.  It has afforded me the space to fumble, learn, and outgrow.  How cool is that?  So, until I plunk down for a legit milling machine... godspeed Smithy, godspeed.  

In defense of 'Ol Smithy... There's a place for cheap gear.  I bought this years ago with the vaguest notion of making a plane.  It has afforded me the space to fumble, learn, and outgrow.  How cool is that?  So, until I plunk down for a legit milling machine... godspeed Smithy, godspeed.  

My First Miter 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.

Components made and in need of deluxing... and, yes... that design is on good 'ol finger smudged vellum and ink.

Components made and in need of deluxing... and, yes... that design is on good 'ol finger smudged vellum and ink.

Miter plane... dee-luxed.

Miter plane... dee-luxed.

Rants, Raves, and What's New

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.