Jointer plane – Beech – 2015

Its been a couple of months since David and I enrolled in a class at the Woodwright School in North Carolina – it was time for another visit.  We aren’t rolling the clock backwards but powering it forward.  Its hard to tell from the photo – but the ladder collapses into a single stick – climbing to the top rung shows how much faith I have in Roy’s craftsmanship.  Under the leadership of Bill Anderson, David and I had a lot to take our boards to planes!

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First step was squaring up the beech blanks.  David, shouldn’t look so worry as long as all his errors are the inverse of his errors when he is planing – he will be set.  Bill took the time to source really sweet air dried quarter sawn beech.

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Marked out the bed angles.  Listen up kids – there are important applications to geometry.

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Cut the first mortise.  If I am not drilling the mortise square – now would be a bad time to tell me.  I spend a lot of time woodworking – most I am feeling it but let me tell you this was not my day!  I cut the mortise a little bit off, so my bed float has a mini shelf.

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This wasn’t an easy project – David gets a little guidance from the master.

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Here I am fitting the wedges – Bill had a range of set angles – to account for the range of errors his students make.

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Guiding the toe and in advance of the heel – the eyes set the course for the plane.  I used a gouge to shape the.  The whole mouth of the plane looks sort of like the liberty bell.  Maybe a beacon to my big move to PA.

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With a coat of finish both planes look great – we are still ironing out the user error in their application.  I am learning how to advance and retract the blade with a gentle tap of my plane adjusting mallet.  Having completed three classes at the woodwright school, my tool chest is filling up with bowsaw, copingsaw and hand saws

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