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Round-bottom hand plane

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Round-bottom hand planeI wanted to try making a plane, and I wanted to get a tool to add curved surfaces to projects, so I made round-bottom plane. I had a short piece of hard maple with nice grain that would rise from the heel to the toe and was thick enough to make the plane out of one piece. I squared up the blank, ripped it down the middle, then got the internal faces flat. I cut the faces of bed and the abutment with a back saw, the chiseled out the waste. Then I sawed as much of the throats front as I could, then chiseled out the rest. I cleaned up everything with chisels and a file, then glued it back together. I made the wedge out of walnut and used a 1 1/4 blade from Ron Hock.I traced the blade profile on the toe and the heel of the square plane, then rounded the bottom to match the profile. There was a lot of back and forth to get it to match up well. I had the blade wedged in the plane but retracted as I shaped the bottom with my smoothing plane. I rounded the edges of the blade to make sure they don't dig in if I rock the plane over too far.This was a fun quick project. I started yesterday and got the plane glued up last night. I took the plane out of the clamps and finished it today. I'm still getting the hang of setting and adjusting it with a hammer, and I may do some more fine tuning, but it works pretty well.I may make a second body that is also rounded front to back so I can hollow out chair seats. This has also got me excited about making a wooden bench plane.



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SAND paper BOX

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SAND paper BOXThis is a box I made out of necessity to keep the different grits of sandpaper separated at the lathe. The last shot shows how the paper was being kept. This will keep the dust and chips out of the paper while turning or while stored for the summer. I have one at home and I love it and used this one today and it makes the job a lot easier on the lathe.I cobbled this up from scraps laying outside the shop….1/2” plywood, 1/4” oak plywood and some old barn boards for the edge trim. Each compartment will hold a 1/4 sheet of sandpaper or smaller. This was kind of a test for bandsaw cut finger joints and an off- the-wall hinge. The top is 1/4” so I did not feel I could screw hinges on so I made these pivoting hinges that let the top stand open and you have to slide it forward for it to clear the back. The pins for the pivots are glued into some little round pieces of mesquite and the heads are glued to the box.It is finished with clear matte spray enamel!.cheers, JIm



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A BOBSLED For winter fun, also VIDEO

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A BOBSLED For winter fun, also VIDEOIt has been a busy December. Our 3 children and their families where coming to spend some time over the holidays. That meant major work for me to get the house cleaned, ready, and repair work. Things that should have been done a year ago. I also wanted to build a bobsled for a fun activity. as well as the quad and SBS. anyway here are some ideas I would like to pass along.
It started with this plank that had been out in the rain for years, spruce for lightness, a couple passes through the thickness planer it looked like new the rest was made from Jack Pine from my place, hard durable wood.wo sled units where made, just eyeballing the curved front of the runners. a groove was cut into the bottom and a section a black water pipe was screwed on. 'very easy to install and slides very well. The video at the end shows in detail how I did it. Beats trying it install steel runners, having to heat them for expansion and fastening the ends. The plastic pipe can be replaced in minutes.To swivel the front runner I used aluminum plates on both sides of the seat and the runner. It secured a steel sleeve so the swivel pin would not wear out the wood. I used never seize compound for lubrication on the pin and swivel plates.The rear runners where mounted on a hinge so they could ride of humps and hollows. If it was not able to swivel the runner would have to raise the end of the sled up and slow it downBoth runners, front and back where braced against side thrusts, a triangular block of wood glued and screw in would work too.I put triagular pieces of wood on each side of the seat as an aid to keep one from sliding off, also a cross piece for the back persons foot to rest on, also a deflector bar to prevent someones foot and leg get caught by the rear runner.A bumper of sorts and a towing attachment was put on the front, slide down tow up, 100%funIt turned out quite well and performed equally as good. Was a hit with the family, the little ones rushed out and jumped on, the more the merrier.I know most of you are living in warm and hot places and would have no need for something like this, snow has its pluses, lots of recreation activities. Sometimes it can be alittle too cold though, this week the temperature has dipped to minus 30 C. Needless to say I am inside the house and not in the shop. Next week will be up near freezing. Shop will warm out OK then, have a wood turning project to work on then.Thanks for looking and wishing you all the BEST IN THE NEW YEAR Comments appreciated.Link to a You Tube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eiyrn5NvH0



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