Handworks 2013

So I made it back from Amana, IA last night.  I got through the trip mostly unscathed although my tool fund is now officially empty.  I know a lot of folks wanted to go and couldn’t for many reasons.  So I thought I’d share my photos to give you an idea of what went on.  

Below are a couple of photo galleries of the town, the event and, of course, peeks of the Studley tool box presentation with short captions. That’s me just off Narayan Nayar’s right shoulder.

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Update: Roubo, Studley & Handworks

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The beauty of an unattractive plane and disobeying Schwarz .. a little bit

So the beauty of having an ugly plane that you’re going to use to do rough work is that you don’t have to spent much time cleaning it up. So i didn’t.

I did however, camber the blade .. with my Tormek.  I know scandalous.  😉  What would Schwarz say??

I used a wooden template to create a consistent camber and, frankly, I thought it worked pretty well.

After about 10 minutes, I had a nice camber that I was able to hone in about 30 seconds.  If you look close you can see where I colored the primary bevel with marker so I could see the honed edge.

The results, and nicely scalloped, but flat board.

Conclusion, this plane will work just fine!

PS.  Information on cambering blades

Tricks-in-Action: Plane Blade Cambering Jig

Camber With a Honing Guide

Why I File the Corners of my Irons

RWW 30: Thicknessing Stock the Old Fashioned Way

BTW – I don’t a jointer, so I have to flatten my boards before I put them through power planer.