Saturday, September 27, 2008

The #7 Bailey and a Picnic Table

I had to build a picnic table for a customer. A couple of things have happened.

#1 I blew up my miter saw last weekend, so the job became instantly more difficult.

#2 I still don't have a thickness planer.

I used the circular saw for the cross cuts and my #7 Bailey for leveling out the boards on the top of the table.

The #7 was properly tuned and very sharp. I needed every bit of sharpness.

Hand planing a 6 1/2 foot picnic table is/was quite a workout.

So a shower and 4 Advil later, I am done in the shop for the day.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Bedrock 605 Post Cleaning & Tuning

I just finished cleaning the Bedrock 605 that I bought last week.

Let me start with this. Evaporust Rocks

This is after soaking one half of the plane in the evapo-rust for about an hour. The plane had newspaper rusted to the sole. It was ugly.

What I can't convey in a blog entry is the feel. Touching the still rusty part and moving to the side cleaned with the evapo-rust only was amazing. It felt like it had already been flattened with 1000 grit paper.

Here is the entire sole cleaned up and flattened. Honestly and amazing as it is, after the rust was removed the sole was very flat. It didn't take much to flatten it.

Even the shoulders cleaned up nicely. There are still some pits on the plane - but I was not about to sand down the shoulders and sole to completely remove them.

These by far are some of the best shavings that I have ever gotten with a plane. The plane really cleaned up nice.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Craigslist Find for Sept Part 1 - Bedrock 605

This is one of 2 planes found off of Craigslist.

The first one is a Stanley Bedrock 605.

The sole measures 13 15/16 inches at the longest point and had a width of 2 7/16 inches. The blade is 2 inches wide. It has a stainless cap iron.

The feature that I found interesting is how the frog is attached to the sole. Most of the Stanley planes that I have seen have a pair of screws on top of the frog to attach it to the sole. This one has a pair of studs in place of those screws and screws on the back side of the frog that screw into the studs.

The second plane purchased is a complete unknown.

I measures 9 3/8 inches long by 2 9/16 wide. It has a 2 inch wide blade and the brass adjustment screw is 3/4 inches in diameter.

These are both before pictures. I will be cleaning and tuning them up.

Craigslist Find for Sept Part 2 - Unknown Plane

This is the unknown plane that I found.

It has hardwood handles and absolutely no markings what so ever.

The sole measured 9 3/8 inches long and 2 9/16 inches wide. It has a 2 inch blade. The brass adjustment screw is 3/4 inches in diameter.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Cedar Grill Station

After many years of hunching over a grill and ruining many a TV trays I decided to build this grill station.

It is made completely of cedar.

The table top is 36 inches deep and 5 feet long. Plenty of room to set the steaks & spices next to the grill. The top was made using cedar deck boards that have finished dimensions of 5 1/2 inches wide x 1 inch thick

The legs are made of 4x4 cedar posts that are 36 inches tall. The stretchers are 2x4s

The grill is a standard 22 1/2 Weber Kettle Grill. Underneath the table is a frame and spacer bolts holding the grill. Although you can't see it very well, there is an 1 1/2 inch gap around the grill to prevent the cedar from heat & fire

The sub frame holding the grill is strong enough to easily hold the weight of the grill and an 18 pound turkey.

I built a small table under the grill and bought a metal pan to act as an ash catcher. In future versions of this table the ash catcher was hung from the pegs of the grill that used to house the legs and the table is gone.

I have also added medium size hooks on the front and side (not pictured) to hang cooking and grilling utensils.

The unit it self ways about 150 pounds. Enough to withstand Wisconsin's thunderstorms and some pretty heinous wind storms.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

About the Blog

I am a beginning wood worker. For the last few years I have been doing outdoor furniture based on my grandfather's designs. As my tool collection and skills have grown, I now have the desire to begin making indoor furniture.

Please browse the blog as it grows and check out some of the pictures from flickr on the right.

Constructive criticism, hints, tips and discussion is welcome.

I am a big fan of The Wood Whisperer and his site and forum.