Sunday, November 17, 2019

Tool Sale

For the last few years Tucson's local WoodCraft has held a parking lot sale for folks with tools to sell and of course those that would like to buy used tools. This Fall's sale was yesterday 11/16/19 starting early morning.

A photo of my set up:

I had a couple of Veritas planes and a PM v11 chisel set that I do not use. Most of the other tools are chisels that have been rescued and are never used, a few marking gauges, some unused water stones and a brace along with more saws than I can count. The big items were a Moravian bench and a shave horse. I didn't really expect to sell either of them but someone might decide they need a bench after playing on this one. The bench itself is the best sales tool I know, it is such a pleasure to work on. Folks who have not played with a Moravian bench can't conceive of a bench this portable, light, and stable all at the same time. The laws of physics and the Schartz dontchknow.

I had a sharp draw knife there so folks could play on the shave horse (with very close supervision) and I think it was a big hit. I also had my personal sharpening set up there to entertain me when things were slow and touch up chisels sold if asked and a couple of folks did.  My personal stones are a Norton Med India, a Pike Lilly White Washita, and a Surgical Black Ark. I'll die clutching the Washita and the Surgical Ark in my cold dead hands. I think the 2nd. Amendment applies to sharpening stones, if it doesn't it should.  

I didn’t sell any of the “big” stuff but moved a good number of chisels, stones, marking gauges, and saws. It was a beautiful day with temps in the low 80’s and I visited with a bunch of folks, some old friends.

BTW, I'm still blown away (60's lingo for amazed) how easy it is to take the Moravian bench apart and then set it back up.



Thursday, November 14, 2019

New To Me 10 1/2 Stanley

I'd been looking for awhile. I really wanted a 10 1/4 but they are really rare.

Cutter wasn't too bad, about 10 minutes on the stones and it is reasonably sharp. No cracks that I can find. While I don't know these planes well enough to type them my guess is a pre-1930 plane.

MsBubba had a flight home booked for Friday. Over the last couple of days her Dad has fallen a couple of times and just in general is going downhill quickly. She decided to stay a couple more weeks, I hope it is that short but I have my doubts. I kinda miss the old gal, but what ever you do don't tell her.


Monday, November 11, 2019

Moravian Tail Vise

I'm not a fan of tail vises, wagon vises, end vises, or what have you. I think for the most part they are too much trouble to install and too little used once installed. Now for the eating crow part. I've been looking at the wagon vise Will Myers has developed for his Moravian workbenches and I may change my mind. I've ordered one for the next build.

Here is a link: Will Myers wagon vise


Sunday, November 10, 2019

Dave's Shaves Dogbone

I made the shave cutter sharpening jig because the Dog Bone jig from Dave's' Shaves was on back order with no projected delivery date. I got it today and it is much nicer than the one I made.

Here it is with a shave cutter installed:

After sharpening, a quick shave to see how it works. Couldn't be better.

Works in the Tormek and I expect any of the side clamping jigs. I put it in the Tormek just to see if it would work. I expect for day to day sharpening I'll use the jig to hold the cutter for working on the back and light work on the bevel using either stones or paddles.


Misc. Stuff

Will Myers is giving a talk about Moravian workbenches to the Triangle Woodworkers Association in Cary, NC on the 19th of this month. Wish I could be there.

The boss comes home Friday, it will be good to have her home. Sweet Maggie Dog and I have missed having the old gal around telling us what to do. Among other things 😇. The kitchen is ready for inspection, office and bath to go.

Had a bite on the bench the other day, my enthusiasm about Moravian benches may have put him off. I think he thought I was trying to sell him a bench 😲. And yes, I would like to sell this bench so I can start another but it wasn't a sell job. The Moravian design is that good and this bench is a really good example. Of course the next one will be better because I've got a couple of small changes to make.

My sinuses have been blocked for a couple of weeks with the attendant headaches and blowing bloody boogers.  MsBubba told me to get some colloidal Silver spray and spray it up my nose. I was a little hesitant because of blue skin from Silver poisoning but in this form that is not a problem, in fact I checked with my Doc a couple of days ago and she gave it a thumbs up.  Bottom line after the first spray the sinuses opened up and no more bloody boogers.

Retirement is hanging over me. I'm not sure how I will handle it, When not in school, I've worked full time since I was 16 and even in school I had a part time job. Going to work is part of who I am.

I have one year to figure it out. If there is a good side, I still like my job, I like passing on my knowledge to pilots without my experience. I feel I'm paying back an industry that was very good to me. It allowed a dumb old West Texas farm boy to see the world, fly 10's of million dollar airplanes, eat and drink in some of the best places in the world, and get paid a good living for doing it. It doesn't get much better. The only down side was I shed a couple of really good women who could not handle the life.

Just received a text from MsBubba. She has made it back to the UK from Morocco. 


Sunday, November 03, 2019

Two More Weeks; This post is photo heavy

MsBubba left Sweet Maggie Dog and myself without adult supervision for a couple of months. She returns from gallivanting around the world Friday week. The first part of the trip was to the UK to see her folks then on to Morocco for a couple of weeks walking in the Atlas Mountains. Today she has returned to the coast for a few days before going back to Scotland. Then home next Friday.

Here are some photos of her adventure:


Atlas Mountains:

 Hotel Pool:


More Market:


 Hotel and pool:

She has had a great time, I expect the best part were the Mountain hikes. A couple days on the coast and then back to the cold and rain of Scotland.


Thursday, October 31, 2019

#5 Planes

I normally just keep a couple of #5 planes in the tool cabinet behind the main workbench. A (I think) type 11 to 13 Stanley with a cutter sharpened as a Jack plane and a LN with Veritas O1 iron sharpened with less camber. The LN even with the thinner Veritas iron is still a heavy sucker. I also have a stack of #5 Japanese bi-metal replacement irons and a few Stanley #5 stuck in various cubbly holes in the shop, not many like I expect Bob has but a few. BTW I weighted the planes and all the Stanleys came in around 2100 g. while the LN is a hefty over 2500g. with the lighter Veritas iron. Four hundred grams doesn't sound like much but it feels like a lot.

The line up. The Stanleys run from a Type 9 to type 11 and 13 with one Bedrock in the mix. I expect to work through the bunch picking the best to replace the LN in the tool cabinet. While some have OEM cutters, the OEM cutters will be replaced with Japanese irons.

The Japanese irons come with very flat backs, are easy to sharpen, being high carbon steel get very sharp and hold the edge very well. Here is a photo of the back of one of the Japanese replacement irons after just a few swipes on a 600 grit diamond stone. It is ready to go to the finishing stones.

More as I work through the #5s.


Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Random Thoughts On Tools

Ralph over at his blog mentioned something that made me think about sharpening and tools in general. First, I have too damn many. I can get away with it because living in the desert Southwest almost eliminates the rust and corrosion problem.  That's the reason you see airports in the desert with hundreds of old aircraft parked. 

If I had to deal with rust on a daily bases I wouldn't have time to do any woodwork or I'd have to shed most of my tools. Of course that led to trying to figure out what tools I really need and that led back to Ralph's original post about sharpening.

In my experience there are two to four major divides in approaches to sharpening. The first is mostly freehand vs. those that use a jig when they are able. The second are the folks that seldom return a tool to the rack that is not working sharp and will sharpen mid job vs. the ones that if a tool dulls will just grab another and set the dull tool aside to be sharpened when the sharpening pile reaches critical mass or they run out of sharp tools.

There is no value judgement of the four camps, it's just different ways of working. Because I'm in the freehand/sharpen when dull camp I expect in reality I could function at about the same level I do now with no more than a dozen or so chisels. Would I do it? Ain't no way as long as I'm in the desert. With a move out of the desert I expect a few tools would go.

Photos of my chisel racks to show the extent of my sickness:

First the rack behind the main workbench that holds most of my day to day chisels. BTW, if you went through the racks, with the exception of the "why do I keep these chisels" rack and a few new to me chisels that are still being set up, every chisel is sharp and ready to use.

The rack above the main tool shelf also behind the main workbench.

The rack over the sharpening bench where I store most of the mortise chisels and gouges.

And the rack where the"Why do I keep these chisels" are stored.

There are even more "why do I keep these chisels" in chisel rolls stuck in different coroners of the shop. It is a sickness but for the most part harmless, better than Porsche's and blondes and a little safer and cheaper.