Back in the day, I scored some genuine mahogany from a guys basement clean-out sale. I began working on a small writing desk, and it sat for a number of years while I moved, worked on different things and generally got distracted.
I've been working more on it recently, all of the parts, save the drawer stock are milled and ready, and I just got the tabletop together, which is really exciting. Here are some photos.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
While at the local lumberyard picking up some persimmon and black locust for boxing, I met a guy really excited about molding planes that asked be about rehabilitating antique planes. I explained some of the previous work I've done on remanufacturing planes, and talked about a few of our favorite types.
Recently I got the opportunity to restore a Griffiths Norwich half set, some of them are pretty rough, namely the 2 and 4 hollow, and an 8 round with a badly chipped mouth. But others are in pretty decent shape. I thought I'd document the process from the large planes and later show the whole job complete.
There are some interesting defects in the set. On several the irons are very much too wide for the sole profile, but in some cases they matched pretty well for the first half of an arc. In the #18s the size doesn't correspond to "normal" by which I mean it's more like a 5" circle than the 3" radius Clark & Williams or Matt Bickford uses.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
There's not any woodworking or planemaking in this post, but rather about 250 reasons why I've been busy with other chores and delights the last few weeks. Here is a shot of our deck in the city, we're about to entertain guests and grill, corn, veggies, biscuits, and hot dogs. In the background you can see the defunct top bar hive, two langstroth hives and all the vegetable and flower starts for this season. There is a lot of food growing here!
We also recently started melons, winter squash, and more dry beans. Two of my little goji plants have sprouted! which I'm really excited for. I have to start some more of them.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
First off, I listed two very large, very cherry spoons I carved from some fallen wood at school. They can be found on the Store page.
On to the real stuff.
Here's some progress on a 3/4 boxed rabbet, it's black birch, which I kind of love and has East Indian Rosewood boxing. I'm thinking about channeling E.W. Carpenter, a planemaker from nearby (spatially) Lancaster, PA who often make planes with contrasting wooden parts and putting an ebony or bubinga wedge or something. I'll probably wind up with maple or beech though. Though I may have a little piece of black birch around to cut a wedge from.
Here is a small toothing plane I've begun to think on. It measures four inches long, with probably a one inch wide iron. I have to machine some parts to cut the iron, tapered and with the grooves at 20ppi. I will be making several of these as well.
In other plane news, I've got a few really interesting basket cases coming my way to rehabilitate, some need irons, some need bodywork, and I've sourced irons for the Mathieson drawer planes so that can move forward as well.
Friday, March 13, 2015
I borrowed one of these from Josh Clark about two years ago to take measurements to someday build these. The time has come. I did some rough CAD to figure out where I needed dimensions and what else I had to think about. I found a few spots that need tweaking, but for the most part it's all thought out.
The Mathieson planes have a dull rounded sort of chamfer on them you see on later made planes. I dislike it, the broad chamfers look better to me.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
In the last few weeks I've been busy picking tomatoes, attending farm festivals, and working on ferments for a blog Sarah and I have started working on called Culture-Shock. It's been a very busy time.
Here is just a small quantity of the tomatoes we've pulled out of the garden. These are mostly Amana Orange which is a lovely bright orange, sweet, low acid tomato. We have made paste, soup, and pureed some up into fermented hot sauce. As well as given many away for friends and family.