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Building The Scott Meek Wave Grip Jointer Kit, Part 2

This is an interesting project because the construction process has me doing some things I don’t normally do. Case in point is the wedge for the jointer plane. This part is the second component in this project which I have been stressing about. My thinking is that for the wedge to properly hold the plane iron in place, it has to be perfectly shaped in thickness. If while forming the wedge, let’s say the left side is a little thicker than the right edge, the plane iron probably won’t stay in that perfect spot while in use. The perfect spot is where a tissue thin ribbon of full width wood is effortlessly removed from some wood (like at the end of this video). But, one thing I have going for me is Scott Meek’s Popular Woodworking video in which Scott explains in great detail his process for making wooden body hand planes; things to look out for and what to do if something doesn’t go just right. I had been watching this video on an …

Building The Scott Meek Wave Grip Jointer Kit, Part 1

I HAVE OWNED for more than six months what I think will become a prized possession: a Scott Meek jointer plane – in kit form. But, my excitement for building this plane has been tempered by some anxiety of two steps in the construction process which I think will be easy to mess up. These are making the cross pin and making the wedge. But, I’ll get to my woodworking anxiety in a minute. First let’s talk about Scott Meek’s hand planes. I like cars and sometimes I’ll make a comparison to a car to make a point. For example, a customer once told me that I sell the Mercedes of carpets. I told him I thought a Ferrari was a better comparison. Scott’s hand planes are moving from what have been like a really nice Mercedes to something more exotic. Especially now that his planes feature both choice, figured wood and his new “checkering” technique (example here). So, I think a better comparison would be to a Ferrari. Scott does with wooden body hand planes what the likes of …

New Tool Cabinet: Building the Drawers, Part 2

Just a quick update on the tool cabinet. I have now completed three drawers and am working on the fourth. The process is pretty much the same as in my last post. An issue I was facing which I wanted to correct for the remaining drawers was wood splitting when driving dowels into the drawer fronts and backs. See the photo below from my last blog post… The fix for this has been to add the suggestions of both Greg Merritt and Pem at Clover Moon Designs who offered ideas in the comments. I changed dowels from 1/4″ cherry to 1/4″ fluted pine. I was using cherry to provide some contrasting color when looking at the drawer sides. The fluted pine dowels allow excess glue to escape the hole resulting in less pressure and force. The drawer fronts and backs are pine and pine can easily split. I added a couple of extra steps: sanding the dowels a little to reduce the amount of force needed to drive them home (as is, the new dowels …