|Beginning of the Seminar|
When I arrived Saturday morning him and Jeri had come up with another bench, a box of donuts, and a big pot of coffee so we were set! Started the session off with some background on different types of planes and their use and then to what they came to learn about -- how to go about setting that plane up to get those whisper thin shavings that indicate we've got it right. They brought in planes of all types, from fresh out of the box to fresh out of a garage with the cobwebs and dust to prove it. After 30 to 40 minutes of hands on practice it was time to get into a bit of sharpening. As we discussed there are a variety of ways to get that "perfect edge" and which ever one a woodworker uses they'll tell you that it's the best and only way to go. Truth is, as I told them, research all of the ways out there and experiment with them. Once you find a way that works for you stick with it and perfect it to the best of your ability.
One item that is always of interest is how to fine tune and rehab an Ebay or garage sale plane that you got at a great price. With premium planes running into the hundreds of dollars it's not something that you just go out and buy 4 or 5 of! I used this Stanley #7 Jointer plane of mine that dates to the mid 1930's or so:
|Stanley Jointer Plane|
|Checking for Flatness|
It's important to leave the blade in when you do this since it will put pressure on the plane. You can use any surface that is known to be level and firm. A piece of float glass, the table of your saw or jointer, or in my case; a granite back splash that wasn't used for our bathroom remodel.
|Granite Backsplash with Wall Sand Sheets|
|Lines Pretty Much Gone|
|The Proof is in the Shaving|
It was still a little thinner at the mid point so careful checking on the tablesaw showed me that I could still get a single thickness of binder paper under the sole. Remember, at the beginning of all of this I could get 4 thicknesses of the paper under it.
|Almost but …. need a bit more Work|
A single thickness of paper measures .002 so I've made a lot of progress. I need to replenish the paper so that means a trip to Home Depot which I'll complete in the morning. Figure if I've invested this much time in it might as well spend a little more and get as close to perfection as we can.
All in all, the First Saturday Seminar went really well. I knew I had a lot of information I wanted to try and cover and the people who attended were great to work with. Good questions, good hands on work, and I think we all gained something positive. Looking forward to doing this again, I'm scheduled for a seminar in dovetails for June.