(Wallace & Gromit)
Working on some Cocobolo, strange stuff. You can see the sparkles of silica in the grain but it planes more like cheese than a domestic hard wood. This smoother just whizzed through it but my other smoother wasn’t able to do squat, nada, no shaving, no dust, no nothing. Usually, they act about the same. The difference? About 0.005″ (a fat piece of paper). This plane has a mouth opening of about 0.009″ and the other has about 0.004″ (if I remember correctly). Whereas the smaller opening works just great with woods like Oak (as does the wider one), Cocobolo just clogs the mouth. My take away? Adjustable frogs are great and there is such a thing as too small a mouth.
- Spoke spear - for digging nipples out of a puddle of linseed oil and putting them in a deep(ish) dish rim socket. Serrations really help retain the nipple. No idea of the angle, just stuck a shim under the front of the spinner and ground away.I guess Abom torque isn't always the answer. Interesting - no springs, a belleville washer stack instead.Well, I didn't expect that to work, but nothing took flight. Fly cutting steel on a mag chuck as weld prep. The chuck is so new it doesn't have a model number. Or serial number for that matter.