I’m making some Krenov-style planes. They’re planes made of wood, I’m using walnut, and I’ll be fitting brass mouths which are the high wear areas just in front of the blades. I’m rather hoping the planes aren’t too bad, they should at least be usable by the end of the process which I imagine will take about two months working a few hours every other weekend. The blades are Hock A2 tool steel, an inch-and-a-half wide. One plane will be a scrubbing plane, another a smoothing plane (not the low angle kind, the other kind). I’m planning a scraper plane, to be made of brass, but we’ll see if that one comes to fruition.
A picture of the scrubbing and smoothing plane plan:
After watching the F1 race in Australia, Melbourne, I notice that the racing seems to be some of the closest I’ve seen in a while. Is it due to KERS or DRS or both?
Whatever the case the F1 race at Melbourne was more exciting than I have seen in some time but not yet as exciting as World Superbikes or Moto GP as examples of other formulas at the nexus of the wold’s competition.
World Touring Car racing is even more exciting. The racing is close, the competition extremely tough, and there are many, many attempts at over taking – not all successful.
Whatever the reasons F1 has taken a step forward albeit a smaller one than I hoped for.
Google Ads are amazing things. Today I learned, from Google Ads, that I can fly to the moon and even further if I just apply for a Visa credit card. I almost wet my pants. I have always wanted to be an astronaut, like, since forever.
Google Ads also told me that I can have a Polo Vivo if I just find the right key. I’ve been looking through my keys all morning but I haven’t found it yet so I need to keep going.
Now here’s something amazing – you may actually want to sit down for this – some versions of Windows are not genuine. It’s true. I saw it in a Google Ad. My Windows gave me a security alert this morning and said that my system is at risk. But I don’t believe it. I think it’s not being genuine. I think it’s lying to me.
I’m still working on my table after 4 months of tuition. I’m still enjoying it just as much as I was when I started but haven’t had the time to devote since I’m busy building a kitchen and veranda onto The Shack.
Today, after a 4 week break, I’m back in the workshop at the Woodwork Academy (see woodworkacademy.wordpress.com) and slowly finding my feet or chisels, whichever come first. I forgot one of the most important lessons- make sure you know what you’re about to cut.
I just chiseled out between the dovetails instead of the actual dovetails. There’s just no way of getting around it- I’m a tool.
Then I tore out a piece of the dovetail. I’ve managed to fix it, it’s not in a highly visible spot fortunately – on the drawer side – but they were silly mistakes.
So remember: slow down and make sure you’re cutting the right thing- don’t be a tool like me.
Here’s an interesting story from Garrett Hack who visited a German woodworking school and found their methods traditional, their work ornate, precise and something he wouldn’t live with.
I found this story at the Fine Woodworking site about using Google Sketchup to create kitchen cabinets and generate a cut list very good. Sketchup can be particularly useful and the ability to create a cut list is really cool.