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post #2601 of 2814 Old 03-29-2018, 03:11 PM
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I worked on that big ambrosia log. I was trying to split it but my little sledge hammer was dying from the impacts and leaving little chunks of metal everywhere. A trip to Home Depot netted me a good ten pound sledge hammer and another wedge. Once I got the wedge started the hammer reminded the wood who’s boss and things started moving. Looks like when I get done I will have four big blanks from it.
I got one of the slabs through the bandsaw already and mounted on the lathe.
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Either thought to hard or not enough. Mortise / tendon joint held with pegs only.
Left front leg of a work bench.
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Either thought to hard or not enough. Mortise / tendon joint held with pegs only.

Left front leg of a work bench.


At least the dowels on the tenon piece are spaced better.


In woodworking there is always more then one way to accomplish something.
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Either thought to hard or not enough. Mortise / tendon joint held with pegs only.
Left front leg of a work bench.
My spelling Nazi moment of the year.. They're tenons instead of tendons..
I'm not really a spelling Nazi nor snob, but do hope to save you from future spelling embarrassments .
You may someday run into a drop dead gorgeous woman with the hots for you and the spelling of tenon may be the make or break thing where she decides that she wants nothing to do with someone who misspells tenons. Many a young man has had his heart broken over the spelling and misspelling of tenons. Don't become another victim.
You may think I'm just nuts, but you'll thank me when this mystery woman bares your children and knits you that life saving ugly sweater someday.
Or..maybe I'm just squandering time being silly.. Nahhhh!
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Not lining up square.. I've checked all the boards for square, the square is square, the triangular pieces are square so the last thing left I can think of is the bench isn't flat. (which I know to be unflat)
It's probably time to either flatten the bench or just assemble everything on a big flat piece of plywood or other suitable material and flatten the bench later.. and hope I don't leave a bunch of glue stuck to the plywood surface when I'm done.. I've been known to do that only to regret it later..
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My mother-in-law got a serving platter from her father many years ago. It has a lot of sentimental value. It has an oval shape wood center for carving meat. Years ago the wood split into two, was repaired, split, repaired, split, repaired ... you get the idea. My spouse brought the two wood pieces home. She told me of its sentimental value and asked me to see what I could do with it.

I used a sharp chisel to remove the glue. Next, I clamped each piece between two large blocks, to hold the inner edges of the broken pieces perpendicular to fine sandpaper. I did a very very light sanding to square the edges, worried that any more would prevent the "corners" of the pieces from matching up in the oval. I glued the pieces together, using an old Workmate with four dogs to clamp it together. I used a tiny amount of wood fill, sanded the board to take out the old knife marks, and finished it with an oil/wax "salad bowl" finish.
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My spouse and I made a hopping bunny toy for our 10 month old nephew. It is waiting for him in his Easter basket.

It is made from soft maple and walnut. The axles are 3/8 inch hardwood dowels, sanded smooth. (I ran out of time on that dowel-making jig, and sucked up the 98 cents for a store-bought dowel.) The rear axle dowel is attached 3/16 inch off-center on each rear wheel, which are aligned while glued. The rear of the bunny goes up and down in a hopping motion as you roll it.

We used a bandsaw to cut the basic body shape, and hole saws on the drill press to make the wheels. The eyes were made with a 1/4 inch plug cutter. We did some cleanup shaping and sanding of the body edges on the drill press; the rest was done with sandpaper and files. We sanded the wheels by mounting a screw in the center, and then clamping the screw in the drill press. We spun the wheels on the drill press while holding the sandpaper against the edges. We finished the parts with a mineral oil and wax "salad bowl" finish before final assembly. We put dummy axles in the wheels to keep the finish out before using the real unfinished axles for glueing.

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We used brad point drills for all holes, both stopped (wheels) and through (eye and axles). All holes were drilled on the drill press, and I used a scrap backing board for the through holes. We made test holes in scrap using several Imperial and metric drills to find the best drill matches for the dowel axles and the plug-cut eyes.

When our nephew starts walking, we may add a pull string.

Lessons learned:
* Soft maple is pretty darn hard. We plan to sue the lumberyard for false advertising. ;-)
* Sanding/filing took hours and was challenging in the tight inner sections.
* Sandpaper gets hot fast if you push it with your thumb onto a fast-rotating wood wheel.
* I am looking for a better baby-safe finish for toys. Frankly, I don't like the salad bowl finish I used. Cutting boards, yes. Toys, I'm not sure, but what feels good and is baby-safe?

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The time and effort it took to make this toy bunny far exceeds its intrinsic value. It was a labor of love.

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The design is not original. A few months ago, we saw a hopping bunny toy at a furniture store. We copied the off-center rear wheels. We did a web search for bunny silhouettes. Some bunnies had two separate ears, some had partially separated ears, and some had one combined ear. Body shapes and tails differed. Together we assembled an amalgam of different bunny shapes and parts that we liked to make our own design.
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Only finished one cut project today - stack x 2, 1/8" BB ply

I did start on 2 new frames though for these.

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Ive been roughing out ambrosia maple bowls all weekend. Got three of them turned and bagged today. I neglected to turn the dc on while cutting the blanks on the bandsaw and the drive belt picked up a load and jumped off the pully. That was a pain, had to scrape each groove in the belt end to end to clean it, same with the drive pully. Then it bit my finger while trying to slip the belt back on. I guess it got even.
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I have been working on this Stanley block plane for several days. I still need to do more on the sole. Trying to get the sole flat is a problem it's a lot of work and boring. I work on it a while and go do something else. The first two pictures are the plane I have been working on. I don't know what model this plane is but it makes some pretty nice shavings.





This plane is a 60 1/2 (I think) and is not as wide as the other plane. I have been using this plane for about two years and it does very well.

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How badly out of flat is the sole? I wouldn't expect it to need to be all that perfect, really. In any case, it looks nice, and looks like it works well.
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How badly out of flat is the sole? I wouldn't expect it to need to be all that perfect, really. In any case, it looks nice, and looks like it works well.
Andy, that is just the thing it does need to be dead flat. The problem is they weren't made flat, to begin with.

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Andy, that is just the thing it does need to be dead flat. The problem is they weren't made flat, to begin with.
Interesting. Most of mine aren't, but I also don't use them all that much.

The #4 smoother I flattened was definitely a pain, though... It was warped, and I ended up starting at about 60 grit sandpaper and working up from there. Took a while to get it flat and (reasonably) square.
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That’s a good looking little block plane. It looks ready to go.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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I have a bunch of planes, bought a small surface grinder to true them up with, not sure where it is, or most of my planes.

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I have been working on this Stanley block plane for several days. I still need to do more on the sole. Trying to get the sole flat is a problem it's a lot of work and boring. I work on it a while and go do something else. [...]
How long do you think it takes to flatten a typical block plane sole? How many hours have you invested in flattening it? How long do you think it takes to flatten the bottom of a "typical" hand plane? (Yeah, hand planes are all different. I am looking for a guess, not a perfect answer.)

The reason I ask is that I would like to know for myself. I am restoring some old "swap meet" hand planes, and want to know whether I am in the ballpark in terms of effort to restore the planes. Thanks.
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It really depends on what stones you have to flatten with. Also how much it's out of being flat. I am thinking about 2 hours. I have some water stones but I am switching to diamond stones. They cut faster and you don't have to worry about keeping them flat.

I am not an expert on doing this. The two block planes are my first to do and I have done several chisels.
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When flattening the sole of new to me planes I'll use some rolls of 2 3/4" sticky sandpaper and lay them out side by side on my cast iron table saw table and work the sole over those starting with 80 grit and working my way up. I'll use compressed air to blow the paper off regularly and swap out the paper when it stops cutting efficiently. After its flat, use the same process to work your way up through the grits until you get to a point you can use your diamond stones. I'll usually do a final pass on some 1200 grit wet/dry paper. I'll normally have about an hour to hour and a half in a plane and blade "makeover".
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