Monday, December 7, 2009

Planes and Shavings: Four Portraits



Stanley #49 Tonguing and Grooving Plane



"Andruss" 1/4" Side Beading Plane




Millers Falls #4 Bull Nose Rabbeting Plane




Stanley #3 Smoothing Plane



14 comments:

  1. I absolutely LOVE these pictures!

    My favorite shavings have to be from the smoothing plane. I enjoy the wispy ribbon like quality of the shavings. With a close second being the whimsical curly shavings of the tonguing and grooving plane.

    Great post Dan, Thanks!

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  2. Dan - Glad you liked them! I have to say that one reason my projects take a while to reach completion is that I am enjoying using the tools so much. I just get a kick out of it. And of course I am biased, but I have to say that I never even thought about taking a portrait of my old table saw and its pile of sawdust ;) Things are just different with hand tools - at least for me.

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  3. Great job of letting the pictures speak for themselves, Dan!

    If you came up with another eight pictures of planes and their associated shavings, you'd have the makings of a really nice calendar on your hands with just a little bit of time on Shutterfly.com.

    Would be a very inspirational hand tool shop calendar!

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  4. Ethan - Thanks! That's a great idea - I'll have to think about doing that. Hmmm. If only I had more planes... ;)

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  5. Dan,

    I may have to retune my Rabbeting Plane, from the looks of the shavings on yours. You tune it in to take some Greater Shavings, I set mine to just take a little at a time, I guess like a Smoothing Plane.

    I'll to Play around with it some more, It's too cold outside for me to do any projects with the new planes, so I have them set here in the house til I can get out to the shop.

    I have been playing with them thou a little in the house dirting up my hardwood floor with whisperers and curls from them to get the hang of them slightly lol

    Handi

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  6. Really enjoy your blog Dan, photos like these are some of the reason why.

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  7. Handi - It all depends on what your goal is. Usually, when I am working on a rabbet, I'm not too concerned with the finish - so I have the plane set to take a thicker shaving for quicker work. It's a trade off.

    I'm glad you are having fun with your new planes. Do you have a bench in the house?

    Jerry - I'm always curious if others like this kind of stuff - it's nice to hear that you do. Thanks for the feedback.

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  8. Dan,

    no I don't have one in the house lol. Just my table wish I did would help alot

    handi

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  9. Dan, great photo's I too like the smoothing plane. Suitable for framing, wonder if she would like to see that photo blown up and hanging over the fire place :) Thanks for sharing. rick

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  10. These pics are absolutely beautiful! It's obvious you enjoy all (or at least most) of the phases of making something out of wood.

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  11. Eric - Thanks! And yeah, sometimes I like the process more than the product :)

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  12. These pics are great. It would be fun to have a contest to see if you could guess the plane that made the pictured shavings. What do you think?

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  13. Thanks Brian! I think that sounds like a great idea for a contest. I'll add that to my list of fun stuff I'd like to do.

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