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Old 08-09-2010, 10:01 PM   #2101
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I don't know why it is, but lots of folks won't try a spokeshave. As long as the blade is sharp and set correctly, they are a joy to use.

They are something like a drawknife in operation, except that you only take thin shavings from the wood. They are normally pulled towards you, although you can use them on the push stroke as well.

It may take a little practice getting used to using one, kind of like a regular plane which you push, and a Japanese plane which you pull.

If you like I will put up separate pics of the planes and give a brief description.

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The other window that the M-R-S did up will go right up high on the top of the stairs. It will be seen mainly from the master bedroom...and it is being placed there so that when the sun rises in the morning it will shine through that window and hopefully all the colours will play for us.

Every year during the B.C. day long weekend in August, we have a treasure weekend where you put out any decent usable items you don't want on to the pathways. Anyone can take whatever they like for free.

We picked up these old windows about 7 years ago, and they had already been re-cycled at least once. They were painted a nasty shade of worn out green at the time.

Wife number two decided she would like to clean some of them up and do some staining.

They have been hanging in the cabin for some time awaiting the day of the big install in the house!

In order that you get to see the colours on this one, I put it outside to get a pic.
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Buddy, that would be super, I know some others will love to see them and see what they are used for. I know we all would love to see them.
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After a fair bit of cedar work, the window is in place.
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:13 PM   #2105
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...and this last shot will give you a better perspective of the relationship between the windows.
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The other window that the M-R-S did up will go right up high on the top of the stairs. It will be seen mainly from the master bedroom...and it is being placed there so that when the sun rises in the morning it will shine through that window and hopefully all the colours will play for us.

Every year during the B.C. day long weekend in August, we have a treasure weekend where you put out any decent usable items you don't want on to the pathways. Anyone can take whatever they like for free.

We picked up these old windows about 7 years ago, and they had already been re-cycled at least once. They were painted a nasty shade of worn out green at the time.

Wife number two decided she would like to clean some of them up and do some staining.

They have been hanging in the cabin for some time awaiting the day of the big install in the house!

In order that you get to see the colours on this one, I put it outside to get a pic.
Now that is really beautiful, that will really look sharp especially when the sun comes through like you said. You do beautiful work my friend, that is just gorgeous.

I will shut up and let some one else comment, it looks like I am hogging your thread.
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...now you know what's going to happen, don't you?

No sun for a month!
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OK, I'm going to get the planes out of the way now...the most frequently used planes by far (by me) are the small block planes. There is very little you can't do with one of these guys.
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First up is a block plane which I sometimes use if I'm working outside and I don't care if it gets rained on.

I believe I bought this plane maybe 40 years ago, dirt cheap at the time, but the adjustments are terrible.

The easiest way to set this one is to lock the blade in place while it is set high, then gently tap it into place with the plane hammer.

I will say that for such a poorly made plane it cuts well as long as the blade is sharp. It hates cutting knots. Made in USA.
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The black Stanley is a nice little unit. As with the red one, it lacks a throat adjustment.
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The red Stanley has a different blade setting mechanism to the black one. It is superior in most ways. I use this one a lot.
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Here's my favourite block plane hands down.

It is an old low angle Stanley. It comes with an adjustable throat, so that when working difficult wood you can close the throat up to avoid excessive tearout.

Because of the low angle (12) it may be used on end grain.
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This plane is only something you would buy if you are a genuine woodworker. It's an edge trimming plane, and definitely not cheap.

Made in Canada by Veritas, the manufacturing arm of Lee valley, this is a very specific tool.

As with the low angle plane above, this one too has a 12 bed angle.

The blade width is just 1 1/4" and it is supposed to cut a 1" wide board. I find that's stretching it just a tad. It seems to handle 15/16" or under. Maybe I don't quite have it adjusted perfectly.

The precise 90 angle of the plane ensures that you will get a perfect square edge on your board when planing.

I note that now this plane is made in both a left and right hand version, although if you are half way competent with a plane I don't see why you would need both.

It definitely lives up to the claims made by the manufacturer and cuts like a dream. It also has the ability to trim board ends, possibly even better than the low angle plane above. And this would be because of the skew angle which makes an excellent shearing cut.

They originally made a bronze version of this plane - very expensive - but I believe no longer available.
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I think that's going to be it for the planes. Most of the others I have already posted about previously, no sense in doing it again.

If I find something really oddball, I will post that for you all.

Off to take a crack at getting the last bit of the ceiling done in the guest bedroom. The area has a taper to it, a result of the fan shaped roof. The boards will only vary a little - from 45 1/2" down to 43" over a length of 41".

Just inconvenient enough that I should make up some sort of guide to get the angles right.
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And once that is finished, then I will tackle getting the cedar filled in around the window.
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