Month: July 2015

‘Lough Sheelin’ Smoothing Plane

Here is a smoothing plane I made last year. It is made from Amazon Rosewood and brass and works like a dream.

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Unfortunately, the pics are bit grainy as they were taken with a camera phone. The other object in the pictures is what I call a palm hammer .I use it for adjusting the plane. It has no handle and slips easily into my apron pocket; so it’s always at hand. I find that the absence of a handle makes it easier to control the       ‘gentle tap’ that’s required for making small adjustments to the plane.

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Heirloom Dovetail & Joinery Bench

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Just recently finished a dedicated dovetail-cutting bench incorporating a Moxon Vice for holding the work. It is intended to be an heirloom piece and has a hidden compartment (no, I’m not going to tell you where it is) containing a small mahogany box made by my maternal grandfather during the 1920s. He was a master carpenter in Sussex, England. Even though I never knew him, I have seen some of his work that is still around today in various relatives houses.
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Deluxe Cutting/Marking Gauge

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 In fact, I made two Deluxe models, both pictured below.
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One boasts a mother of pearl diamond inlaid into a material called Juma which is set into a diamond-pattern knurled thumb screw [making these thumb screws is a nice project in itself that I will detail in a another post shortly].
The other has an artificial ivory (Elforyn is the name of the material) button set in a straight-pattern knurled thumb screw. Both of the gauges shown are made from Purplheart with brass beam and wear plate. These are impressive

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Cutting/marking Gauge

Here is a marking/cutting gauge (or slitting gauge, if you like). This one is made from Cocobolo. These gauges are ideal for cutting across the grain and do so with ease. Designed particularly for cutting dovetail baselines.


I wanted a cutting gauge for marking dovetail baselines with a crisp, neat line that I could register a chisel in. So, I decided to make one. The one pictured below is made from Amazon Rosewood and brass. The blade is from a utility knife so can be easily replaced if dulled or broken. The brass gives the tool a nice bit of weight so it cuts beautifully and with ease; there is no need to lean on it, just pull it across the wood.

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