Towell Miter – secondary dovetails and Bridge mortises

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This entry will cover the layout and cutting/filing work for the bridge mortises and secondary dovetails on the sidewall stock.  First, the bridge work. Bridge mortise layout The layout of the mortises for the bridge are absolutely critical to the final outcome of the plane. Variations in layout from one side to the other will […]

Hacksaws and files

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A little discussion about specific tools for those people who are considering making a plane by hand – first and foremost, make sure you have a good high-tension hacksaw, and be prepared to use it a lot.  There are any number of sources for these – and my local home center even carries a fairly […]

Towell Miter – design and layout

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The Plane – The plane for this project is going to be loosely based on a miter plane made by Robert Towell of London in the early to mid 19th century.  The original plane belongs to my friend Joel Moskowitz of Gramercy Tools and Tools for Working Wood, and I had a chance to take […]

Song for the sneckless

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One of the previous commenters had asked about some details on snecking blades.  The sneck is a very nice addition to a blade, particularly on low angle miter planes, as it provides a very handy means for reducing blade projection without having to strike the plane body itself. The method I use to sneck miter […]

Independence Day

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First – A Personal Note Happy New year all. Thanks to everyone who ‘gently prodded’ me about getting it back in gear. Long time since last blog entry?  Yup.  What can I say – holidays at the best of times are busy, and if you have young children like we do, you’ll know that it […]

Ranma III

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OK – so here’s the final installment of the diamond asa no ha pattern exercise. The asa no ha, or hemp leaf, is a traditional japanese pattern that appears in many, if not all, of the culture’s traditional arts. In shoji work, the pattern can be fit to most of the kumiko structures.  For the […]

Kumiko – I just can’t quit you!

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Before I get back to the planes I’m trying to finish up, I want to go on to a bit more of the Ranma project I’ve been working on this week in between coats of french polish.  The traditional square network of kumiko in shoji are relatively straightforward, with lap joints at each intersection.  The […]

Tooling for Shoji

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I’m waiting for the finish to be ready on a couple of planes I’m working on, so I’ve been planning out a shoji exercise I’ve wanted to do for some time.  I’m going to do a Ranma (transom) piece with a diamond or hexagonal structure and asa no ha (hemp leaf) details.  You can see […]

Infills, Kanna, and slouching toward Chimera

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I suppose it goes without saying that I’m fond of handplanes. My wife would respond to that statement with the same shoulder-shrug and eyebrow pulse she gives when I wonder how it is our toddler twins still prefer used toilet paper rolls to actual toys. “What do you expect,” she’s saying. “They’re barely one. They […]

New toys, new plane

I’ve been playing at single parenting this week while Jenn is out of town on business… I don’t think the PTSD is too severe, but it’s pretty much wiped out shop time. I did manage to steal some time over the weekend to get my new auxiliary bench up, and install a couple of new […]