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Old 08-09-2010, 11:40 AM   #2086
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Keith, is that book still on the market, I would like to check it out. I do a little wood carving and have several wood carving tools that must be extremely sharp and are. This is really weird, I can't remember how I sharpened them. Since that little mishap last September I have lost some of my short term memory. I know I use a hard felt wheel with compound to do the final polish but beyond that is gone. Oh well, that will give me more to research. Judy said I have all that stuff written down some where and she is going to help me find it. I will let you know what I find, this gettin old thing is for the birds.
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I agree with you about the getting old part...sometimes I still try to pretend that I'm just an overgrown punk kid!

Yes, the book is still very much available. You can order it from the Lee Valley website. The number is 73L01.55, and the cost (in Canada) is $17.50 plus mailing. It most likely is a bit less in the States. It covers carving tools as well as just about anything else you might care to name that has a cutting edge on it.

And IMO, it is the best book on the market in this category, well worth the price and then some.

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Old 08-09-2010, 11:42 AM   #2087
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That really is pretty, both of your works compliment each other, you are both very talented.

Keith if you are using the 8000 grit to finish sharpening, your blades have to be extremely sharp, I don't have anything that fine except tooth paste on leather and that does a pretty fair job. The down side of using tooth paste on leather is it can roll the edge if not careful.
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I can't remember what grit the toothpaste is, but I remember as a kid using it with lots of water to polish the paint on model cars of all things! It's quite aggressive.

I use the stone pond, again from L.V., little more than an overpriced plastic container Except for the fact that it has holders for the stones when you are using them.
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Old 08-09-2010, 01:28 PM   #2089
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As you can see, it's pretty ancient...not quite as ancient as me! I stuck a piece of emery on to the glass top for honing. It has long needed replacing.

Inside I have an 8000 grit stone, which I leave in the water all the time.
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Mostly I use the 1000/4000 stone you see here in the holder.

You need to put these stones under water for an hour or so before you use them. And keep putting water on the stone while you are sharpening.

This holder is really good, because the rubber feet stick nicely to the workbench top in use. A squirt bottle is handy for keeping the stone wet.
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Here are some of my planes...there's no way that I will ever find them all at any one time.
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The hammer in that pic is specially for adjusting a plane iron.

The two odd looking things left front are sharpening guides, extreme precision when you need it.

Barb was asking about the little ebony bodied plane earlier, and I found one of the others I have. It's a bullnose plane which means you can get right in to the corner of something with it.

The plane body is much narrower than the regular mini-plane, but the blade is the same width at the business end.
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Wow, is there any tool you don't have? That is a great collection you have and looking at them it is easy to see you use most of them quite a bit. There is one at the very top right of the picture I am unfamiliar with. I see one that looks like a rabbet plane and is one of the smaller planes a Stanley? I had one like that and used it until I finally lost it.

The two small ebony planes are just super, I have never seen one of the bull nose planes like that. I have sure seen a few times I could have used one instead of a chisel.

I see your sharpening guide and you are so right, with that and the water stones you have, make a fantastic combination. I can see you use your stones and wet station a lot. I just love a good sharp tool, they make working such a pleasure. There is just something about using hand tools that gives a fellow such a feeling of accomplishment. I appreciate you taking the time to get a few of your planes and scrapers together for us to see.

By the way, a good friend sent me three pieces of wood and I got them today. I can't wait to get out in the shop and do some playing with them. I just can't begin to say how grateful, appreciative and happy I am for the fantastic present. I will post a picture or two after I make something with it to share with you.

Thanks again for sharing buddy.
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Wow, is there any tool you don't have? That is a great collection you have and looking at them it is easy to see you use most of them quite a bit. There is one at the very top right of the picture I am unfamiliar with. I see one that looks like a rabbet plane and is one of the smaller planes a Stanley? I had one like that and used it until I finally lost it.

The two small ebony planes are just super, I have never seen one of the bull nose planes like that. I have sure seen a few times I could have used one instead of a chisel.

I see your sharpening guide and you are so right, with that and the water stones you have, make a fantastic combination. I can see you use your stones and wet station a lot. I just love a good sharp tool, they make working such a pleasure. There is just something about using hand tools that gives a fellow such a feeling of accomplishment. I appreciate you taking the time to get a few of your planes and scrapers together for us to see.

By the way, a good friend sent me three pieces of wood and I got them today. I can't wait to get out in the shop and do some playing with them. I just can't begin to say how grateful, appreciative and happy I am for the fantastic present. I will post a picture or two after I make something with it to share with you.

Thanks again for sharing buddy.
I found three more planes while I was hunting down other stuff today...I'll get to those in a minute.

But to answer your questions in order, there are hundreds of hand tools I don't have that I would love to have. But until we get moved into the house from the cabin, I don't have an inch of space to put anything else. Truth be told, I don't have room for what I have now!

The one at top right I will do a separate post and pics for you.

Yes, there's a rabbet plane, I just didn't put out all the accessories for it.

Yes, several are Stanleys.

Good luck with the wood!
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I hope this is the plane you are referring to at the top.

It is a No. 12 scraper plane, and was manufactured between 1869 and 1945. I doubt that there were many made between 1939 and 1945 because of the war.

There is no indication what year this may have been made.
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When I had the boat repair business, I did a slew of work for a chap with a 60' ferro Ketch. He had this thing on his boat but had no idea what it was.

Apparently, someone had given it to him decades earlier, and they didn't know what it was either!

So he asked me if I knew what it was...yep, it's a scraper plane.

OK, then...you can have it...here you are!
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The three other planes I ran across are a European plane with a hornbeam sole which I bought brand new and have never used. I keep it in the original box, which for me is very unusual. Usually the first thing to go is the box.

The little Japanese plane in the middle I have posted in use previously.

The closest one is another Stanley bullnose plane.

I believe there might be a bullnose plane on which you can remove the nose piece and turn it into a chisel plane.
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Bottom view so you can see the business side of things.
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Got one for you Barb...remember I was trying to find the small hammer for Jordan?

Naturally I located it today...too late!

This one weighs 12.4 ounces, whereas a regular 16 oz. hammer weights about 1 lb. 12 ozs. So, it is less than half. I'm sure he could have handled this one.
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Buddy, you got me to hyperventilating with the beautiful planes. I can just feel each one of them, especially the horned one. That scraper plane is just the neatest I have seen. I have never seen one of those, I would have shined that fellows shoes for that fantastic prize. I have several spoke shaves but never have used them, I don't even remember where I got them. The reason I don't use the spoke shaves is I don't know how.

Nooooow I see why you are so good at wood working, you repaired the big beautiful boats. Man that would have been the dream job for me. I enjoyed restoring the old antique homes but working on the big boats just seems like it would have been so much fun. Both have their challenges though and from the looks of your projects you like a challenge also. I can't wait to see some of your other planes up close. Thanks Keith.

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