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Woodworking Show in Timonium

IMG_2758 (2) Well I had a blast at the show. I got to meet and talk with lots of people – I extolled the virtues of the simple sharpening techniques I learned from Rob Cosman, as well as the skills I’ve learned using the Wood River hand planes. I was able to do some “ooh – ahh” shavings with each of the planes, probably because I had the patience and sharp blades in hand. 🙂 Overall a successful trip for me. I picked up a couple of items (self adhesive sandpaper rolls, and sharpening trays) from the peachtree exhibit, but mostly just worked the booth.

The cabinet I built to transport the planes is going to be redone into two cabinets. I’m just not up to schlepping that much weight around any more! The knock down Nicholson had some interested folks stop by. The bench is a wonder. It’s not light, but it is portable.  Chris Schwarz is teaching a class in how to build one in Rockville (at the Rockville Md Woodcraft) this year. And I’m going to reach out to him to see if he’d mind if I did a class on it at Leesburg Woodcraft in addition.

I tried to get Shannon Rogers to attend, but he had some IMG_2759 (2)excuse about being tied up in his shop at home. Because of something that Chuck Bender had said or done with/to him. But Chuck was at the show, and was able to stop by and play with the setup as well!

Quick Tip – When you don’t have a router plane…

So you’ve cut out a rabbet, and you want to cleanup the “bottom” …. If you used a circular marking gauge, the round cutter serves as a knife to mark the line – but it can also serve as a light blade. By resting the fence of the gauge on the reference face, you can clean up the bottom of the joint by using sliding the cutter head around holding the fence firmly on the face. You won’t use this to remove a lot of waste, rather you can remove most of the waste with a chisel and just clean up the last hairs breadth with the gauge. We used this technique in a session of making the winding sticks at my last Woodcraft class . Not everyone has the rabbet planes, or the router planes (yet!), but almost everyone is using circular marking gauges, so this helped out.

And bonus, to glue in the strips, we used epoxy mixed with black dye to obfuscate any edges that weren’t as pretty as we liked. The end results are pretty good, if I do say so myself!

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photos courtesy of Joe Ireland