Well, you've all heard that expression and this week that proved to be true for me. I've been talking with Christian and Jerry at Woodworker's Emporium here in Las Vegas. They are starting a new program and plan to have a different event on the first Saturday of each month. I'm scheduled for one tomorrow on hand planes so I've been busily preparing for that -- this is unchartered territory for me. Although I've taught countless classes and do one on one instruction in my shop the format for this is a two hour seminar to eight participants. Here's a LINK to that and you'll see they have me scheduled to do a similar thing with dovetails in June.
In the meantime, I received a custom order on Etsy for someone in Michigan for two drawer/boxes for an installation in their home. They had seen my work on my Etsy Store and wanted to incorporate some of my design for this project. After some convo's back and forth they gave me the job and I gave them a two week delivery. Well, if that wasn't enough to keep me going I'm also putting together a class for WoodItIs on the use of hand tools, here's that LINK, Jamie has already put it in her schedule. So, you can see I have a pretty full plate.
I have to prioritize so decided that the most important one for the middle of this week was the custom order. Stock preparation was first so after surfacing the Maple down to 1/2" in thickness it was smoothed out by hand planing.
|Smooth Plane on the Maple|
Here they are, dry fitted and ready for assembly tomorrow after my session at Woodworker's.
|Almost Ready for Assembly|
Well, back to the jointer plane. My wife tried to tell me that sometimes you need to let go of your old treasures and replace them with the new version. This #7 is from the early 1920's and I've had it for 30 years or so. Just for fun, I checked Lie-Nielsen corrugated sole, #7 jointer and if you check out this PRICE you can understand why I'm sticking with the old guy!
I've turned it into a win/win situation. Part of the seminar I'm doing tomorrow will be on rehabbing planes found on Ebay, garage sales, inherited, etc. This is a perfect candidate for showing how to flatten a sole if it's not too far out of whack.
|Flattening the Sole|
Well, as you can tell there's been a lot going on in the shop this week. This morning was spent preparing for the seminar and getting my notes and materials in order. I think I'm going to be glad when Sunday rolls around -- I'm ready for a day of rest!