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post #21 of 27 Old 08-08-2013, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Day 4 - bench hook continued. Finished 6 squaring my board. Worked in cutting dadoes for hook and stop. Here it is after sawing edges of dado and chiseling out.

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And here it is after cleaning up with router plane. First dado I've done by hand ;-)

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We also took an extended lunch and went to check out Edensaw Lumber (or hardwood). Check out the size of this purpleheart.

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Those large square chunks are 12"x12" and are over 20 feet long.
Or how about some bubinga block?

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These suckers were about 10" square and weigh about 150-200#. Yours for the low price of $550.

A good day.

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That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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post #22 of 27 Old 08-08-2013, 09:28 PM
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What a really cool post, thanks for sharing your adventure with is. You look like your having tons of fun.

I see why your feet hurt, your wearing multi-colored knee high socks, no circulation.....

FWIW, I am a sole down guy with my planes too. The rule in my shop is Murphy's. If I have a blade exposed I'm going to snag a large chunk of skin on it. That seems to be the norm anyways. SO mine stay sole down and I don't worry about my soft pine bench hurting the A2 tool steel. I get the logic though, that's just my personal experience.
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What a really cool post, thanks for sharing your adventure with is. You look like your having tons of fun.

I see why your feet hurt, your wearing multi-colored knee high socks, no circulation......
Having a blast! That multicolored knee high is just over 3 weeks old and will be featured in a tattoo magazine ( not sure what one yet) that will be doing an article on the shop where I had it done. ;-)

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Sounds like a fun time.

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I'm loving this post, and wishing there was more programs like that in my area. U have just started to use more hand tools, with the help if videos from Peter Sellers, and others on YouTube. Enjoy your time there and I'll be subscribed to this thread from here on.

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Day Five, final day. Just got home 1/2 hour ago. What a week! Today we finished up our bench hooks and helper board (for supporting longer pieces in the bench hook). Need to get better with hand cut dados, one side on both didn't sit quite flush to the bottom.


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Started working on a square, but ran out of time and energy. Cut my bridle joint a little too crooked, so I'll start that over from some walnut I have here. I'll post pics when finished.

Some of the real take home bits I learned:
1. I don't like pin style marking gauges.
2. Hand planing is fun when you know what you're doing, why you're doing it, and how to fix it when it's not quite right.
3. How to quickly and efficiently 6 square a piece of rough wood.
4. How to better freehand sharpen. It's not as hard as everyone would have you believe.
5. Wax before you realize the plane needs it.
6. Sharpen plane irons often.
7. How to get rid of your tape measure and layout by proportion.
7a. Using a story stick. This to me was by far one of the most fascinating, mind boggling parts of the class for me. The bench hook for example: using your hand span (tip of pinky to tip of thumb with hand spread as wide as possible) as the "module". Width of board is 1 module. Length is 2. Stop is set 1.5 in from the front edge. Or the try square: blade is 3 hand breadths long, 1/2 wide. (across your knuckles with a closed fist); handle is 2 long, 1/2 wide. Thickness of the handle is whatever feels comfortable in your hand (which should be about 3/4" more or less). Thickness of the blade should be 1/3 the overall thickness of the handle, and for efficiency sake, make sure that matches to a size mortise chisel you have. Using certain ratios such as 1:6, 1:9 and 1:12, you can use this for any project and be assured that the final project will please the eye.
8. Dados really only need to be 1/4 of the thickness of the stock.

I'm sure I'll think of a few more pearls as I have time to digest this all.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...

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great thread, nice when a member is a pic with his work
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