Lately, in terms of wood craft, I have been thinking about the Japanese philosophy of Simplicity, Modesty & the Appreciation of Nature. But then I have always, for many years anyway , had an interest in Japanese Joinery, the apparent simplicity of their tools and the wonder of their craft. I even made a few Japanese hand planes or Kanna, some years ago. See two of them below:
The one on the right even has a genuine Japanese forged blade.
Setting and Adjusting Infill Hand Planes
that do not have Adjuster Mechanisms.
This note is intended to accompany the above video on the subject of hammer-adjustment of infill hand planes. The video was made in response to a request from a forum member on Homemadetools.net. Specifically, the questioner wanted to know how the plane should be handled and where it should be tapped with the hammer in order to make depth of cut adjustments. Because the video was made to specifically answer that question and because of technical difficulties regarding the length of the video, much had to be left out. I wish to try and correct these omissions now.
Understanding Radial Arm Saws:
Their Safe Usage & Tuning.
Today, the Sliding Compound Mitre-saw, in its various guises, seems to have overtaken the Radial Arm Saw in popularity. This may be due to the clearly, more portable nature of the SCMS; its affordability or fears over the safety of the RAS. Perhaps a combination of all three factors is at play. Certainly, many compound mitre saws are reasonably priced and can be easily stowed in the boot of the car or in the tool box of a truck. Set-up on the job is reduced to minutes.
A DeWALT 721 Radial Arm Saw
Just thought I would pause for a moment so we can observe this beautiful March sunset, looking West over the roof of the Waney Edge Workshop.
Here is The Waney Edge Family of Hand Planes, all made by me (by hand) in my workshop.
These were made from scratch; no kits were involved (I don’t even think kits can be got any more!)
They are all excellent user planes and are frequently put to work. Made from
brass and exotic hardwoods each one is designed for a specific task.