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Small mitre plane base...

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This is getting really good now, and I'm enjoying the time in the shed making something from all of these parts that wouldn't normally go together. I have been thinking about the infil for the plane, maybe it will be some Rosewood that I have left over from the last plane, but somewhere in the shed, there is a piece of Apple that has been around for 11 years or so, since we moved here, and it would be fitting that the house is now going through a change again, so I may use that...




This is the piece of Gauge plate from Robert. I was going to use a slightly thicker piece, but when I found that this was very similar thickness to the side walls of the plane, and Bill did say to me at the auction, some people use material that can be too thick, so, I changed my mind..2.63mm it is...



Cut down to width, I then draw filled the edges, to ensure it was square and true, then I marked on the wall thickness, the waste and ensured that the internal width was 23mm, the same as the bridge and…

Small mitre plane continued...

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The width of the plane is set out on my drawing, and the piece of brass had arrived from Droitwich. I'm trying to keep all of the parts as local as possible, this can be looked on from two different perspectives, firstly, when the plane is finished it's as local as I can get, that's good for other business's. Secondly, I don't want to waste fuel and unnecessary time driving around trying to find parts, so it's as Eco friendly as I can get, anyhow, my time is best making things. It's what I enjoy...

Here is the bridge marked up ready for the JH design and the 2012

I really like the idea of having the plane year of manufacture ( for this, my first year working for myself and it being an Olympic year for the United Kingdom) quite prominent, and you can't get more prominent than up the side of the bridge. 



The JH is offset to the left to allow for the 2012 down the right hand side, I've also marked out the curve on the bottom edge..



These little beaut…

Small mitre plane

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So, this little mitre plane is underway.

It's a Bill Carter type mitre plane, which is where Bill uses the brass back from an old tenon saw as the body of the plane. I have wanted to make one of these for ages. To build a plane by hand is not an easy task, when you are making one from new parts, but when you are trying to make one from old tools and get everything right from marking up the dovetails, to bending the body of the plane to get it all to line up is going to be some kind of fun.




I thought that I would start with a mock up, this way I can keep a track of the setting out, with the positions of the dovetails, the mouth position and the bridge position. All of these are most important. I will add the picture of the finished mock up tomorrow.




With the length of the tenon saw governing how long the plane would be. I would like the logo that is stamped into the brass, to sit in the centre of the back of the plane. The drawing above shows all of the setting out needed to be don…

A plane at last...

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I had been lucky enough to come across a 14" Taylor tenon saw a while ago, that had seen better days, unfortunately, I removed the back and didn't take any photographs of the saw complete. After meeting up with Bill Carter again, and seeing his beautiful collection of tools on show, I just had to find the saw back out again. It was tucked away down the back of my bench, I gave it a wipe over and started to make one of his fabulous little planes. I'm planing on starting with a longer, thinner plane, the reason for this is that I have an old blade with some damage and would like to experiment with extending the blade with a joint that may or may not have been seen before, we'll see...

This may take a while because of the building of the house and other work.

So, I started by cutting the back down the middle, what a pain that job was. I used a hacksaw blade to cut the back down, with a cloth around the end, to aid the holding, and stop it from cutting me, this took lon…

Another one added to the Carving section Swan

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Just added this to my Carvings section

I hope you like it, it was made from the offcuts of engine bearers, in Pine, from a motor yacht I worked on.

I welcome your comments on the swan, if I have off cuts from anything made I always try to use them on something. I loved making this, contact me if you would like one made, the offcuts are starting to stack up under the blue canvas.

anyhow, what do you think...


All the best

Jamie

Ian Norbury chisels..

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After putting the Torso in the carving section, I had to see what Ian Norbury was up to. It's been a while since I had seen some of his work, and It wasn't disappointing to see, the man is just brilliant, his work is just so good.

Anyhow, I noticed on his website that he had some tools for sale. From small chisels to Arbor Tech equipment, and carvers cramps (sounds like an illness) for me, it was the chisels that would mean a lot and being a hand tool, especially a chisel is so personal, you grow with a chisel, you grind it, taking care with the heat and the edge. Then the honing, keeping it steady throughout the movement across the stone. Aware of the usage of the stone. Last but not least, the polishing, I feel getting the back of the chisel polished is the difference between using an electric razor, and having a wet shave, for me, they are a world apart. The difference it makes to carving at wood is just...brilliant.



These are the last chisels from the website sale.

a detaile…

Camera issues...

If you have been following my blog, you'll know that on occasions my camera has failed to focus properly, well the other day I was in the middle of taking a load of pictures when...
Nothing.. stopped, that was it. The zoom went back in, the message on the screen was,

Turn the camera off and on again,

I did this a few times and was starting to get frustrated with the whole thing. I got my phone out and took the rest on that. I was gutted. The camera does a good job, that's what it's designed for, the phone.. it's okay, but not a patch on the camera.

So, onto You Tube to see what I can do about it, there's a guy on there that goes through a series of methods to try to fix the problem. He does give fair warning that as you go through the attempts, some of the later ones may harm the camera. So, if this has happened to yours, then you too could try this, but at your own risk.

Ensure the battery is fully charged.

Between each of the following stages, switch on and off p…

Half term week...Dr Who?

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Ok, so if I was still in the rat race, I'd be working this week and the kids would be off out with Lynn somewhere, on a trip here or an outing there, the kids would have a great time and I would have missed out yet again...

Not this time..I'm taking a couple of days off with the girls.

Lynn found out about this guy who has been collecting Dr Who props and costumes, as well as Star Wars, Red Dwarf and Captain Scarlett, so off we went.

We had deceided not to tell the girls where we were going too, so all through the hour journey they just kept guessing, to the point where I just wanted to blurt it out, but managed to hold on untill we were in Bromyard. Lola (the Sat Nav) told us the way, and when we were about 500 yards away, I parked the car. The girls were getting more wound up by the facxt that we were so close but they hadn't a clue, then as we walked up the hill towards the square, Lynn turneed and smiled, I could see the sign post and board outside, that was it, the gi…

Review of the Home Building and Renovation Show NEC.

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I know, another show, well they were free tickets, and the girls could come along to see things that they might like in their rooms, so..

All six of us this time, I had told the girls that the show would be full of ideas for their rooms, so they were happy to come along, I was after some info and examples of methods of retaining the heat in the garden room and then just about anything else that would spark an idea or save cost.

We walked from the car park, because the queue for the bus was fairly long, and we were in the shade, so it was pretty cold. Past the lake, where the geese were sunbathing..

One of the first things that we saw was a garden building, with the perfect heating system, a Pot Bellied Stove, really cute, the girls liked it.  It would suit our outside room..

The sales guy went through the construction of the building with me, it all made good sense, this will be similar to ours...


Lynn and I like this, the lady on the stand made large glass pictures, some went into windows, o…