Ewww .. pretty board, pretty board

I started cleaning up the stock I got for the moulding piece that wraps around the bottom of the chest.  Its obviously straight grained and joy to work with compared to the twisty, turney grain in the other boards.  It’s smaller size and ease of working made it an easy evening project.

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. 😉

Cheating on my edges

No surprise, I have favorite tools.  This is one of them.  Its a Stanley No. 386 Jointer Gauge or Fence that I got off of eBay.

Some might think this is cheating, but I love it.  It positions my hands perfectly and makes jointing a edge a ton of  fun.  I don’t have to be obsessive about checking my edges and it helps me move my jack or jointer plane with easy. Most importantly, it gets a square edge ever time.

It also works nicely on end grain.

The only bad news is that its kinda hard to find and collectors like them, which can make them expensive.  If you’re willing to take one that missing a knob or otherwise not in perfect, but working condition, you can save some money.





Here’s where I found a few other options.
Hyperkitten – Center of the Table
ST. JAMES BAY TOOL CO. – under new products.
Fine Tool Journal