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UPS usually comes anywhere from 1600 to 1730 and the door bell battery is dead. I can't hear anything from upstairs when I am in the shop. I got my exercise tonight trotting my fat ass up and down the stairs every ten minutes or so checking to see if the man in brown had come. It made for a choppy night's work in the shop. Maybe I should just have the packages delivered to my wife's workplace? Just thought of that.
|has a secondary bevel|
|sharpened the block plane iron|
|my main stones|
|I start here first to raise a burr|
|this stone is second for raising a burr|
|the last stop for raising a burr|
|I strop everything I sharpen last|
|poly coat #2 going on|
|cheaper to get it with all the blades now|
|upgrade for the depth stop|
|the new and improved depth stop clamp is already installed|
|made a stopped grove out of the box|
|I want to replace this|
|the learning curve is going to be very short|
|still making a tapered groove|
Anyways it is almost 1700 and time to shut the lights out. I will have to add a box to the A+ list for this plane to be made. I'll have to reshuffle the batting line up some to fit it in.
What is opprobrium?
answer - harsh criticism or censure (came across this word reading the news today)
I do not like doing yard work. We pay to have the lawn mowed and just about any other yard related chore. My wife plants flowers and bushes and I will prune and take care of the lilac bushes. Other than this you couldn't get me do any yard work even if you put a gun to my head. Today I broke that golden rule and trimmed the brushes in the driveway.
|before the haircut|
|90 minutes later|
|this is easy stuff to do|
|Miller Falls on the left and Stanley replacement on the right|
|Miller Falls on the left and a bit from the Yankee|
|Miller Falls in the middle|
|it fits and it is secure in the chuck|
|drilled a hole in the side ok|
|ok drilling in the face|
|end grain not a problem neither|
|it fit in the holder portion of the Miller Falls drill|
|how I lost the first bit|
|cleaned #2 handle and knob|
|met the first goal|
|4th batter sharpened today|
|my new big 8K polishing stone|
|my old 8K polishing stone|
|side by side|
|flattened after each use|
|block plane iron|
|had to use the 80 grit runway|
|couldn't squeeze it in|
Who was Alexander Bain?
answer - a scottish clockmaker who invented the 'fax' machine in 1843
|there was a bench underneath all the crappola|
|trying out my 8000 grit Japanese stone|
|chisel is ready but this isn't|
|appears to be square|
|it was the small rabbets|
|chiseling away at 45°|
|I trimmed this miter with the template|
|now it is where it should be|
|a little better fitting|
|now that is a gap|
|right side is gappy|
|chewed up a little|
|new miter template stock|
|rift sawn at this end|
|got my 45 laid out|
|I've got a good feeling about this|
|the opposite face that was down|
|pretty good on the top too|
|the other face|
|the first step|
|one teeny hump in the middle to remove|
|problem with the new miter template|
|it's rolling outboard|
|sawing the 45 first|
|two strokes and I was through|
|squared the sides to the face|
|no rolling and no gaps|
|one small and one big|
|my stash of good brushes|
|roll back brushes from Wally World|
What is duende?
answer - the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm
I do have some good news. Amazon shot an email to me saying I'll be getting my camera on July 3rd. They haven't taken the money yet so I'm not sure that they haven't gotten them yet neither. I am having it delivered to my wife's work place. There is always someone there to sign for it. And if they won't sign for it, they can call my wife to come do it. This way I don't have to worry about someone stealing it if it is left on the stoop.
|prepping some practice stock|
|two long pieces of practice stock|
|slight rabbet on the side|
|the iron needs work|
|what are the odds?|
|the 3 practice pieces|
|quick outing on the shooting board|
|back up practice stock for just in case|
|marking the miters on the side frame|
|marking gauge line|
|miter laid out on the face|
|the vise action is still working|
|the top one is easy to do|
|one easy and one not so easy|
|second marking gauge line|
|most of the waste is sawn off|
|I need to spend some calories on the sharpening stones|
|I should have waited|
|this miter is dead nuts 45°|
|why this miter is toast|
|this is must|
|got the flat done good|
|flush at the top|
|I won these|
How are seedless oranges propagated?
answer - by grafting because the original seedless orange was a mutant
First off I would buy another of these in a heart beat even though I only have one days worth of experience with them. I've got other replacement Stanley irons, one from Hock and another from tools from Japan. The Hock is an excellent iron. Good steel, takes and holds a good edge, but it is thicker than the original Stanley as is the one from Japan. The Japanese one I haven't tried yet but I expect it to rival the Hock iron.
Let me get this out before I go any further. I am not a plane iron expert nor an expert in metallurgy. This is just my opinion on a subject, right, wrong, or indifferent. For well over one hundred years Stanley made plane irons thin. I have yet to read anything saying that thin irons are prone to chattering. It is my belief that thin irons are/were more difficult to make from what I have read on the process of making them. The thinness while hardening them could cause them to warp. Stanley must have found a way to control it because they made boatload after boatload of these irons. Thicker irons don't have the warping tendencies that thinner iron do.
And this is my big opinion on why thicker irons came into use. It was because they were easier to manufacture. Now that they were saving money in the manufacturing costs they had to justify why they were selling thicker irons. This is where the marketing gurus came up with the thicker irons don't chatter BS.
I will always go with thin because of my opinion on thick vs thin,. The couple of times I recall (a bazillion moons ago when I was belly button high to a 7 foot cigar store indian) getting chatter was because I had the iron set too deep. It wasn't because it was thin. It was operator error.
|Ray Iles spare iron for the 5 1/2|
|it isn't square|
|see the out of square|
|the Ray Iles on the left and the Stanley on the right|
The Ray Iles iron is 0.099 inches thick - 2.49mm thick
The Stanley iron is 0.0735 inches thick - 1.89mm thick
The difference between them is 0.0255 inches - 0.6 mm. I did all the measurements just behind the bevel on both irons.
|I have to road test it now|
|starting to get shavings|
|a little too thick|
|from thick to wispy|
|thin stock in the vise|
|I prefer the fractional calipers|
|checking to see if it is laminated|
|same thing on both sides|
|front side of the iron is the same as the back|
|might as well see how flat the back is|
|these feel better today|
Who is David Adkins?
answer - it is the birth name of the comedian Sinbad
I had posted a query on the Saw Mill Creek site about plow planes. I have the Record 405 (Stanley 45 equivalent) and it has 26 irons. I have only used 3 grooving irons so far. I like it and I don't like it. I am a single purpose use tool type guy and don't mind that. The 405 does a lot of things and is a multipurpose tool. It can be finicky and pain to set sometimes but it does work once those frustrations are dealt with.
I wanted to get some feed back on guys that have used a 405 or 45 and also used the Lee Valley small plane or other plow planes. And as an added bonus, also had used a wooden plow plane. I am letting the 405 go to greener pastures shortly. After reading through the comments, it became clear to me that small LV plow was a favorite. Didn't get any comments on wooden plow planes.
I had seen and fondled the Lie-Nielsen plow plane at the Second Hand Tool gathering in Amana a few years ago. It was a damn good looking plane. Lots of mass with a great presence in the hands. I haven't heard anything more about it since then. I'll probably be dead before it hits the street so I pulled the trigger on the Lee Valley small plow plane. I looked at the Lee Valley big plow plane coming soon but I like the simpler, uncluttered look of the smaller plow plane.
Ken Hatch left a comment saying I wouldn't regret the LV plane. He uses it and he also has experience with a Stanley 45 and 46. I respect his opinion and I pretty much had my mind made up after reading it. I would like to have the LN version but I'm not waiting. I should have the LV maybe by monday. After I get it I will offer my 405 for sale first on the blog and then elsewhere.
|the shelves are clammy feeling too|
|cleared customs ok|
|iron for a 5 1/2 and a Preston spokeshave|
|it's about 2 1/4" wide|
|almost as thin as the Stanley|
|ground at 25°|
|don't like this|
|old Preston iron on the left and new replacement Ray Iles iron on the right|
|the slot sides and top cutout line up (new on top of the old)|
The slot on the Ray Iles is bit longer and the concave slot at the top lines up perfectly with the old iron underneath.
|it's too wide for the Preston chamfering spokeshave|
|new spokeshave iron on the left and Preston chamfer iron on the right|
|the two slot long sides line up|
|replacement chamfer iron?|
|just a few spots on the front to touch up|
|small detail brush|
For Mike Hamilton: I'm an idiot because I removed your comment when I thought I was publishing it. My apologies for that mind fart. If I remember you asked if I was going to bake the frog? This is oil based black enamel paint and I won't be baking it. On the flip side of the coin, can you bake this to make it more durable? Now I have a bug in my ear to silence.
Who was Gary Knox Bennett?
answer - he invented the roach clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFaot87a7CM)
|one more here|
|layout for the new shelf pin pockets|
|the length isn't critical, the width is|
|tale of two drill bits|
|not too too bad this is the worse one|
|hand drill excels at this|
|set the bit on what is there|
|turned in reverse a couple of turns|
|two cleaned holes on the left and holes to be cleaned on the right|
|doing the back wall holes|
|almost had a blow out|
|no blowouts or partial ones on the second side|
|the minor setback|
|the last time painting (maybe)|
Maine is the most heavily forested US state. Who is in tenth place?
answer - North Carolina
I had to go back to the shop tonight and reshoot my pics. It seems you can shoot as many pics as you want without a sim card. The camera doesn't give a warning that there isn't one installed. There was only shot I couldn't get again so it wasn't too bad.
I am not painting these anymore. This is the last coat I am putting on the shelves. Period. And I am thinking of going to back to oil based paint because it hides better and covers better than latex does. This final statement doesn't apply to the exterior of the bookcase. However, I'm betting the ranch that it will take the same 3 coats to cover.
|painted the frog|
|yoke painted too|
|from Wally World $4.95|
Time to go spend a little time with Myles before he goes to bed for the night.
What auto maker made the first armored tanks used by US troops in battle during WWI (september 1918)?
answer - French auto maker Renault no american made tanks were used in WWI
The weather matched the start of my day. It was overcast and humid. Not rip your face off humid but if the temp had gone up any higher it would have been close to that. Around noonish a thunderstorm rolled through and the rain came down worse than a cow letting loose on a flat rock. And the humidity went up a few notches but stayed shy of the rip your face off threshold. The rain stopped and the sun came out.
When I finally did get down to the shop I didn't get a lot done. I looked at the workbench which had the bookcase and two shelves on and said I can't work there. I didn't feel like moving those 3 things to a new home right then so I went back upstairs.
What I did get done today was the tool list for Myles kit. I used Paul Sellers essential tool list as a guide and pretty much stuck with his recommendations. I added a #5 1/4 jack plane and a couple of smoothers. He is getting a #3 and a #4 and I think he will probably end with the #2 I'm doing now. I was surprised by how many tools I already have for his kit. As for the toolbox or toolchest, I'm leaning in the direction of the CS dutch toolchest. It would be large enough to keep all of his tools in it. And I can stow it in boneyard till he his old enough for to use it.
|3 coats of paint|
|lightly dragged the scraper over the shelves|
|sanding block batted second|
|no more paint ridges|
|two quick spray jobs|
|primer coat on the frog|
|right above the clock|
|for keeping the bookcase off the deck|
I painted the shelves in two steps today. I did the back and 6 hours later I did the front. I took my time and tried my hardest to get it done with no brush marks along with good coverage. It looked good when I was done but I'll have to wait until tomorrow to see what the coverage looks like.
What is a octahedron?
answer - two pyramids attached together at their bases (technical definition: a polyhedron with eight faces, twelve edges, and six vertices)
I moved way over to the slow lane on the right today. I had big plans for finishing the bookcase by sunday but that won't be happening. I did some OT and when I came home I vegged out looking at old tool catalogs. I didn't go to the shop until after 1000. And when I got there I moved over into the slow lane there too.
|got it tighter|
|much better on square|
|smoothed up the 45's|
|it's a filler|
|2 shallow rabbets needed|
|plane body is done|
|scraped the frog seat|
|the frog and the yoke are next|
|so I can spray the primer on all over|
|sawing the shelves to width|
|lost both of them|
|the old hole filler|
|front ledger is going to be a problem|
|the pine is higher then the ledger and the router will ride on it|
|clearance for the router|
|chopped and the ends square and the fit is good|
|glued and cooking|
Who was Florence Nightingale Graham?
answer - beauty entrepreneur Elizabeth Arden
But I don't judge a book by it's cover nor by how thick it is. I started by reading the Acknowledgement which is something that I do with the rarity of seeing Halley's comet. She grabbed my interest there and it never wavered even when I finished reading the book. In fact when I was done, I read the write up on the front and back dust cover. I was still hungry and I wanted to read more of whatever she had to write.
The book to me was part auto biographical with a bit of ethics and philosophy interspersed throughout the book. It is not a 140 plus pages of why I am a cabinetmaker and how I survived doing it for so long. I bonded with her after reading the last sentence on page one. She expressed a frustration exactly the way I would have had I been in the same situation. I knew then that this wasn't going to be a staid book written by a prim and proper lady. (kind of got that idea on page 1)
The book was everything that Nick Offerman said it was. No disappointments other than me wishing it was longer. She jumps around a bit going back and forth in time but it flows smoothly in spite of that. She wove a good story and I never felt like a door was abruptly shut in my face.
At first I thought that she was English but she is an american who lived in England for quite a few years. It is there that she got training as a cabinetmaker and worked in a couple of English woodworking shops. What struck me about these years was her perseverance. Things were 2 rungs below poverty but she stuck with it in spite of the low pay and what I would consider god awful living spaces. And inbetween she managed to get a Masters Degree.
I tried it on a very small scale and stopped. My first commission I ate. It was a bookcase and the person who commissioned it refused to buy it even though we had agreed on the price before hand. His response was, "...I can buy a cheaper bookcase at Walmart...."
My first mistake was not getting a 1/3 of the money up front and another 1/3 when half way done. I am not a business oriented person in this respect. I could empathize with Nancy on this.
One of my favorite comedians is Ron White who does a bit called you can't fix stupid. I'll add to that, that it is impossible to fix ignorant either. How do you explain to someone whose eyes see nothing by $$$$ the difference between hand tool joinery and machine made joinery?
Nancy has written two other books that I am going to buy too if I can. If you are inclined to buy a book based on Nick Offerman's opinion (an author, actor, fairly well known guy, and a woodworking business owner) and me (a nobody who is a wanna be cabinetmaker who also outputs daily keyboard diarrhea), I don't think you'll regret it.
What are you if you are glabrous?
answer - hairless
|#2 plane body|
|I'm glad I waited another day|
|I got distracted|
|finessed the joint a wee bit more|
|the bead sizes are slightly off|
|the bottom of the toe is the problem|
|a little difference|
This was it as Myles wanted to discuss what type of toolbox or toolchest I am going to make for him. The normal stuff, what type of wood, what will be stowed in it, the joinery options, etc etc etc.
What is a hallux?
answer - a person's big toe
|Myles' first tool|
|my just rehabbed #3|
|I will donate a #4 to the tool chest too|
|this is pretty clean|
|road test was more than satisfactory|
|I thought of this clamping today|
|this much better looking|
|practice miter for another way|
|other piece is off square too but not as bad|
|the angle is good|
|planed the angles square|
|better but it still needs a bit of finessing|
|I like this better|
This is what I am planning on going with. I will cut out a couple of pieces the same size and practice making the left and right side before I do the bookcase frame.
|rethinking the shelves|
What is quinsy?
answer - inflammation of the throat
|a day later|
|this feels dry to the touch|
|#2 plane looks good|
|not what I want|
|sawing is quiet work|
|the plan for the frame|
|change one on the frame|
|out of sequence pic|
|first attempt upcoming|
|made some practice pieces|
|I'll get to try my miter trimming gauge|
|rough sawn miter on the wider piece|
|I feel like I have no thumbs|
|started trimming the flat and stopped|
|this should be first|
|way out of square|
|lots of gaps|
|cleaned up the flats with a chisel|
|miter on the thin piece|
|the thick piece miter is almost perfect|
|a one inch chisel is too small|
What is the longest lived organism on the earth?
answer - the bristlecone pine tree of the American southwest, one of them is 5,067 years old
|I finished this sunday night|
After I got the four edges planed I glued on the two long strips. I thought that would be it for tonight and come monday I would glue on the top and bottom ones. Instead 2 hours later (Myles was asleep for the night) I went back to the shop and glued on the top and bottom pieces. I did that right before I hit the bunky to do my eyelid light leak test.
Tonight when I got to the shop the plan was to paint the final coat of white on the interior of the bookcase and prime the back raw spots. Part of this didn't happen as planned.
|used cauls on the bottom|
|no painting here tonight|
I looked at the #2 plane but I didn't paint it again. The instructions say to wait 24 hours between coats and longer if there is high humidity. I will give it one more day and I'll put on the third coat tomorrow.
Chopping plywood is a treat. When I marked the depth I tried to lay out the depth so it was at the top of a veneer. I like to lock the pins in place this way to keep the shelf from moving. With sharp chisels it wasn't that difficult. The only sticking part was chopping through the cross plies cleanly.
|one down and one to go|
|flushing the sheetrock mud|
|put another coat of primer on the shelves, top, bottom and sides|
|primer coat on the raw|
What is an olm?
answer - a cave dwelling aquatic salamander found only in Europe
|I see you|
|this is very tasty|
|the tedious phase commences|
|I missed drilling two holes|
|the frame stock|
|second coat on|
|2nd coat definitely looks better|
|primer on the entire bookcase|
|making one edge flat, square and straight|
|the frame (oversized)|
|front ledger for the shelves|
|bottom side of the shelf|
|final rabbet work|
|first one glued up and cooking away|
|first top coat|
|made a big mistake|
|flushing the front|
|figured my reveal just right|
|not done yet|
|primer coat today, top coat tomorrow|
|I had to cover them|
|had to cut one down|
|bottom fat one and the thin one for the top|
|cut and fitted|
|very easy to cut and fit|
Who was Robert Abplanalp?
answer - the inventor of the aerosol valve in 1949
|looks awful and good at the same time|
|first of many dry fit ups|
|I am going to need two thinking caps here|
|marked and ready to chop|
|my grungy looking 073|
|1/2 of the waste is gone|
|still have a gap|
|the top is fitting good|
|sides are tight fitting too|
|second round of trimming done|
|bottom fitting now as good as the other sides|
|one last trimming to do|
|last dry fir|
|glue and nailing the sides together with 2" finish nails|
|staples for the plywood back|
|cooking away until tomorrow|
|1/2 way through it|
What is a doodlebug?
answer - the larva of the ant lion
Needless to say, I didn't get much shop time. I had to decompress a little and then I shut the lights out to go watch him.
I had checked on the camera status again at lunchtime and Amazon had 7 Red TG-5s for sale. I think it's going to be a wait and see for me. Amazon hasn't taken the money for the camera yet so I'll be checking my bank as my indication the camera is on it's way to me.
|frog is done|
|port side view|
|too small or too big|
I had to make a pit stop at Wally World to get a 9V battery for the smoke detector. While I was there I picked up a few other things but I forgot to get regular Coke for the son-in-law. I picked up some paint and artist brushes though.
|cheap bag artist brushes|
|just noticed this holiday|
|this is next|
|my current iron|
|5 1/2 takes a 2 1/4" wide iron|
US regulations state what percentage of peanuts must be in peanut butter?
answer - 90%
|not black anymore|
|it's wet and it's black|
|filed the frog|
|square from both sides|
|low spot by my finger|
|another low spot by my finger here too|
|this side touches top and bottom|
|I filed it|
|a couple of months later|
|thanx for the tip Bob|
What is a gimcrack?
answer - a showy object that has little or no value
|my vise and it's parts|
|funny looking washer|
|wing nut side|
|back jaw's hole|
|the old bolt|
|from Blacksmith Bolt & Rivet|
|new on the left and old on the right|
|found a chipbreaker|
|not Damascus steel|
|primer coat first|
|my steel wire brushes|
|clean before painting|
|my fancy spray booth|
|this isn't ready yet|
|I haven't finished sanding and smoothing the face first|
I didn't do anything with the bookcase and I probably won't until the weekend. I only have about an hour each weekday night and I don't want to run into a snag that will involve any length of time to resolve. I will pick up the bookcase again this weekend.
Who was Fred Ott?
answer - Thomas Edison filmed him sneezing in the first copyrighted film in history