The desk, making mortises and the ugly jack plane

I got a few more hours to work a bit more on the case sides for the desk .. which basically meant I go to make mortises.  Does anyone like making mortise?  Maybe if you have a Domino (See, Schwarz DID use power tools).    Actually this set has worked well for me.  Its a jig I got out of Bill Hylton’s book.

Oh and I got to use ugly jack plane again to get some boards to the proper thickness.  I even unintentionally brushed my finger against the blade and cut it.  That old blade seems to be holding a nice edge just fine.  But I might have to find a new lever cap  .. at least  .. for that thing. It shore is ooogly. 😉

4 thoughts on “The desk, making mortises and the ugly jack plane”

  1. Wow. Is that the rare Titleist Edition of the Stanley No. 5? I hear there aren’t many of them floating around… for good reason.

    I bet THIS is something what can’t be fixed with a bit of black paint.

    1. LOL!! Ahh yes, I could add black paint .. and then it would really look ugly. Maybe some lightening bolts or FLAMES!! That’s it I should deck it out with hot rod flames. 😉

  2. I actually kind of like that lever cap, it’s different. Glad to see you’ve got that plane working well. A sharp plane is a wonderful thing. Unless you clip your finger with it.

    I’m going to be drilling out the mortises for my sharpening bench as they will be 1″ or 1.25″ wide. But for smaller mortises chopping isn’t too bad. I’ve run into problems getting the mortise plumb, but otherwise it’s OK. I have more practice to do on that for sure.

    1. According to the experts, it a lever cap from a transition plane (one of those wood and metal thing-a-ma-bobbies).

      You know, I learned to make mortise with my router and I really like the clean straight mortises I get. It about the only thing I do with my router anymore. Maybe once I get my tenons down (straight in other words), I’ll try some chopping.

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