Friday, December 28, 2007

Cupboard Progress

Spent some more time in the shop tonight and worked on the Ephrata Cloister cupboard. Handplaned the boards, chopped the half lap joints and cut all the boards to size except for the rails (the pieces above and below the door) and the door itself. What a great way to spend a Friday evening!

6 comments:

Luis said...

Hi Village Carpenter,

Beautiful plane you got there! Is it apple wood? The shape looks really gorgeous!

The Village Carpenter said...

Thanks, Luis, you guessed right! It is applewood and wedge & pin are rosewood. You can see other plane's I've made under the October 19 post, if you're interested.

Luis said...

Thanks for your reply Village Carpenter. I'm about to make a wooden plane, my first... Do you have any pointers?

I've read Finck's book twice, what a wonderful book! So I guess I've got all the theory I'll need.

I'll be using a small piece of beautiful curly maple I have laying around and a thin board of makassar ebony for the sole and maybe the cross-pin and wedge.

The Village Carpenter said...

Luis, David Finck taught me how to make planes. He's an awesome instructor and his book is the very best if you want to make your own planes. The two parts to be most careful with are 1) when you open the mouth. Really take your time to get it tight and perfectly straight. You can always make it larger and actually, every time you flatten the sole (I flatten mine at least once a year) it will open more. 2) The other thing is, the pin must contact the wedge all the way across, evenly, so that the iron doesn't slip or shift. You can email me directly if you run into any problems. I'll be happy to help.

The Village Carpenter said...

BTW, your wood choices are excellent. Maple holds up very well to use and the two woods you chose will be gorgeous. : )

Luis said...

Thanks for your pointers! I think the two contrasting woods will look great!

If it works out well I'll have a beautiful tool that planes beautifully! :-)