Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Winding Down

In between coats of oil it's time to catch up with some housekeeping. Hang the patterns and cauls ready for next time, and sort the off-cuts. Also a picture of possibly my favourite plane, my dad's #3, flushing the joinery on the seat frame.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Wrapping Up.

Here's the final glue-up, and the seat frame going into the clamps. To cut the rabbet on the seat frame, I thought I'd best make a sled. Safety first. The sled worked well and kept my fingers well away from the exposed bit. Don't forget to make a start and finish ramp for the bearing guide. I only used the sled for the curved thin back piece, the rest are straight cuts on wider stock, made with the fence.

While I was in the experimental mood, I thought I'd try Old Brown Liquid Hide Glue (to glue in the spindles). It helps to have some extra open time to arrange the spindles and reconcile them. Nice glue to work with, non-toxic, and clean up is about as good as advertised, also important when it comes to spindles. Drop the bottle in hot tap water, and wait for it to turn from a gel to a viscous liquid.

Taking Shape.

The jig

Finally got round to making this jig.  The simplest, most useful jig. It puts a micro-bevel on jointer knives. I bought some new knives that were in pretty rough shape, but managed to clean them up nicely. It's worth running your stones over the knives after getting them back from sharpening, it'll get your jointer running silky smooth. With a quick lapping on the 6000. Two 45 degree kerfs in a piece of plywood.