Monthly Archives: April 2009

Full Metal Dovetails

This plane will have brass sides dovetailed to a steel sole. The side plates will have the tails and the sole will have the pins (to resist the wedge trying to push the sole off). I’ll probably do this just … Continue reading

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Making a Shoulder Plane Iron

Time to make an iron (blade) for the shoulder plane. The easiest/best way would be to buy one, for example from an old wooden plane. Nah, too easy. Or, take a chunk of tool steel the right length and cut … Continue reading

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Prototype Time

I’m stuck at making a handle for a “saw suitcase”, the case is done but I’m having trouble making a heated bending jig so I can form the handle out of a 1/4” strip of oak (see Fine Wood Working’s … Continue reading

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Small Dovetails

I suck at hand cutting dovetails. I can’t saw a straight line and I don’t like doing precise layouts, especially ones that have to match on two parts. So I have a router dovetail jig. While I love the fit … Continue reading

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Saw Screws

Saw blades are attached to the handle with rivets or screws, with “split nuts” seen on most “quality” saws. An example is seen in the right of the photo. These are cast brass, embossed “Pat. Dec. 31, 1867”, from a … Continue reading

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Twenty Inches of Cold Blue Steel

Two 10 inch 16 tpi back saws. The blades are 0.020” thick (five sheets of paper) 1095 steel and 3” from teeth to the top of the back.   – One has an Elm handle and steel back (3/4” x 1/4”). … Continue reading

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