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Monthly Archives: October 2016

This weekend I started working on an 8/4 rough sawn Pine board.  It has twist and a considerable bow.  Pine is pretty soft and easy to plane but when it is 9 feet long and 12 inches wide it is quite a workout especially when I really don’t have  some essential hand planes.  I have a vintage No. 7 Stanley I bought on eBay for $85 dollars.  This thing was Rusted and did not have a very flat sole.  I spent a weekend cleaning it up and truing the sole.  I also paid close attention to the mating surfaces of the frog and the surface the frog mounted to to ensure it was flat and had solid contact.  I flattened and sharpened the blade and this plane has been a good performer.

I started to tackle this job because I want to make some stools from this board.  I am going to resaw it and get two 1 inch boards to produce the stools.  My jointer is only 6″ wide so I figured hand planing will be my angle of attack.  After about an hour of scrubbing the board with the No. 7 I started to realize this is going to take a very long time and it is not going to be very smooth so I figured I will use my planer with a sled and shims to flatten one side.  I got this Idea on the web from a wood working magazine.  It looks pretty viable so I constructed the sled.  I used two 96″x12″x3/4″ MDF and glued them together on a flat surface.  I glued a stop on the infeed end to keep the board from sliding off the sled when being planed.  I haven’t used it yet but I will post my results and hope this makes quick work of this board.  I will use the TS55 for the edges.

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I’ve had this website since December of 2015 and I am finally getting around to post my first words.  I have been woodworking since 1998 out of the garages of each home I have lived in.  I retired from the Army in 2011 and settled in Cadiz, KY.  I currently have the largest shop/garage of all of the homes I have owned with plenty of space to store stock and sheet goods.  Granted it is still fairly tight but very manageable.

The biggest issue with living and wood working in rural Kentucky is supply.  Though the power of eCommerce helps relieve some of the supply issues, it is very handy to have things you want or need within 15 to 20 minute drive.  Usually when I need something for a project that I cannot get locally I have to wait for shipping or take half a day to travel to close by cities that may have what I need.  Another problem I have is stock.  We have lumber yards here in town that actually mill and kiln dry wood but I am a hobbyist and not an actual production shop that can order the minimum BF with a business license so I cannot buy from them.  If I want wood I usually have to drive about 45 minutes to Clarksville, Tn to Hardwoods Inc which has a wide variety of hardwood and sheet goods finished and unfinished and I pay retail though it is still less than the big box stores.  I found a place in Bagdad, KY but it will be about a 3 hour drive one way and they look promising.  If anyone lives in Western KY that has some suggestions for lumber suppliers I will be grateful.

I have just completed my most recent project which was a bunk bed for adults.  It has a full-size bed on the bottom and Twin on top.  Technically is is not a bunk bed but a full-size bed under a loft bed.  It has 4 drawers and shelves built in to one end of the loft bed.  The bed set is painted black so I built on the cheap using dimensional lumber, plywood and poplar.  It turned out pretty decent and serves it function.  I will post a photo of it later.

I have just completed a step stool also.  I have built about 10 of these stools over the years to give to friends and family as gifts.  They incorporate through, sliding and stopped dovetails; just good ole’ joinery and glue.  The oldest one I have in circulation is over 20 years old and is still used on a daily basis; though it probably needs some sanding and a new fresh finish on it.  I will post a photo of the stool also.

Most of the tools I own are the original tools I started with.  I will post photos of my shop and some of the tools I have.  Recently I have been working more with my hand tools.  I enjoy working the chisels and planes and maintaining them.  I find it therapeutic and almost meditative.  I bought a No. 7 Stanley plane in fairly bad shape on ebay for about 75 bucks.  I spent a weekend cleaning, truing and tuning it.  The No. 7 works really well and produces fine shavings.  I wanted the No. 7 to avoid having to use the joiner and also increase my hand tool skills and save some money.  Hand planes are expensive especially a No.7 joiner plane so I was willing to take a chance on an old rusty N0. 7.

I hope other woodworkers in Kentucky will find my website / blog and leave some comments and hopefully make some friends with fellow Kentucky Woodworkers.  I hope to post weekly and have plans to start making videos for a You Tube channel.  I will not do instructional videos that will be for pros.  My videos will be about my projects what I am doing on them and how I fix my screw ups.