Sep 16

Low yields

Well, poop.

The idea was, take a 30″ long, 8″ wide, 1″ thick board of ash, and resaw it into eight 30″x1ยพ”xโ…œ” slats.


But I made such a bad job of the resawing that three of the slats aren’t usable (they’re way too thin thanks to the disston saw wandering), one is marginal, and of the four I can use, two have a small (around an inch in size) spot where they drop below the โ…œ” mark.

Bah. At least I can use the three write-offs for testing finishes and the like.


Four down, 16 to go…

Sep 16

The united church of hand tools?



That was just a wee bit more shrine-y than I was thinking of!

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Sep 16


Thing about having a workbench is, you work on it. And thing about having tools and working on a workbench is, the tools wind up everywhere because you don’t stop and put the tool you’re using away immediately as you’ll be using it again in 90 seconds or less. So the bench gets… cluttered. So tool storage in an accessible place is a must. Hence all the tool cabinets on the walls of those fabulous wealthy shops on the youtube, and the existence of an entire industry of book publishing devoted to the topic of building toolboxes and the like.

2016-09-26-20-12-30aClutter. Harumph.

Well, I’ve got a wall in front of me, so that’s where the most commonly used tools need to go, and the biggest and most space consuming are the hand planes. I liked one youtuber’s solution to storing those, so I built one. It’s based around having a lump of wood with a curved rebate cut out of it (the curve is simple enough that two saw cuts and a bit of chisel work gets it in less than five minutes by hand, it’s actually faster than doing it by machine).


Then you screw that plywood backer to the wall and viola, a holster for a #7 plane.


Of course, now you’re trusting a reasonably hard to replace plane to a chunk of pine, some wood glue and a few screws, but I’ll probably make something better in solid wood later. I mean, I have six or seven record bench planes, I think a single backing plate, some rebates, some shaped dividers and maybe some thin bridging material across the dividers could make for several side-by-side holsters that would be stronger than this one. But later… first I have to reclaim bench space to build the new holders ๐Ÿ˜€