My Favorite Planes

New Years Eve…freakin’ cold out there! Thought I would share some pics/info on a couple of my favorite planes that I use regularly, and their improvements. First is my Stanley No.4 Type 7 smoother. I bought it off Ebay a couple of years ago, it was in pretty good condition except the blade was mostly…

Dovetailed Keepsake Box-Completed

I put the last coat of varnish on the keepsake box this morning. If you want a rundown on the finish, the stain is Minwax Oil Stain, color is 211 Provincial. After the stain I finished it with Minwax Wipe-On Poly to seal it. I am not going for a high gloss finish on the box so…

Keepsake Box-Part 6

So here we are, just as I feared…Christmas Eve morn and the box for my Dad is incomplete. Work requirements have prevented me from being able to work on it for the past couple of days, days that would have allowed me to finish assembly, stain and topcoat. Yesterday after work I jumped on it…

Keepsake Box-On Yer Feet…Part 5

Well I took a couple hours tonight and cut out the bottom for the box and routed the edges…it is not glued up at this point, but I just wanted to get her up on her feet to get a look at what’s to come.Hopefully I will get some more time later in the week…

Keepsake Box-Dovetailed Feet Part 4

Time is getting short before Christmas…got out to the shop after work today and cut the design on the feet that I dovetailed a couple of evenings ago. I used a 1″ forstner bit to drill the circular part of the design, then cut the rest out on the scroll saw. Once I had that…

Keepsake Box-A Hypocritical Nightmare…Part 3

So I am back at the dovetail project today…our good friends hijacked LOML and whisked her off to the city to do some shopping, so I had some shop time on my hands. First of all it was frikken cold this morning so I was out to the shop at 7am putting on a fire in…

Keepsake Box-Dovetails Part 2

Well I had an hour or so after I got home from work, so I threw on a quick fire in the woodstove…was -9 degrees celsius when I got home…and did a little work on the keepsake box. Didn’t have much time really, but have one corner complete and so far not looking too bad….

Keepsake Box…A Start On Dovetails Part 1

So, as I said in my last post, it has been quite some time since I have done any dovetailing. I had a couple hours after work today, so I put a fire on in the woodstove in the shop and ran one of the pine boards I picked up at the home center through…

Dovetailed Keepsake Box

My wife had a good idea for a christmas present for my father this year, he is a difficult guy to buy for at any time of year, let alone Christmas. As Dad’s girlfriend of 25 years had passed away earlier this year, she thought a keepsake box would be a nice idea for him…

Help Thy Neighbor…

My neighbor showed up at my door on Sunday, with his corner cupboard doors under his arm. The oak pull attached to the top of one of the doors had broken off…years ago, I might add. “My wife’s  been after me for six years to get this fixed…can you make one like this?” “Shouldn’t be…