All posts tagged: Woodworking Tools

Building the Scott Meek Wave Grip Jointer Plane Kit, Part 3

After viewing a few YouTube videos showing how to build wooden body hand planes, I imagined the fun part of the project to be final shaping. Prior to shaping, wooden body hand planes can look a little rough. In the case of my Scott Meek Wave Grip Jointer Plane Kit, before shaping, the CNC plywood body is very rough. To remind readers where I have come from on this kit, take a look at these two photos… Note in the second photo how the plywood has been CNC milled to provide guidance on how shaping the wave grip and front nose should occur. I need to remove these stepped, CNC cut-outs to arrive at a smooth, curvaceous and flowing plane. The area around the grip and nose need considerable stock removal. Remember this is a prototype plane kit, one of only three made. The design of the final kits will be refined to require less stock removal. My initial tools chosen for shaping are a flat rasp and a rounded one. These are what I …

I Build the Hock Tools Shoulder Plane

At this point in my hand plane collection, I am willing to try building a hand plane. I currently have a Lie Nielsen #4 bench plane, a Lie Nielsen #60R rabbeting block plane and a Veritas low angle jointer plane. A while back, I bought David Finck’s book, Making & Mastering Wood Planes, and even after reading this book, which devotes 192 pages to every aspect of making and using wood hand planes, I still felt intimidated at the thought of building one. When contemplating a fun gift for my recent 55th birthday, I told my wife I wanted a Hock Tools Shoulder Plane Kit. My thinking was building a kit will help ease me into the world of making hand planes – not that I envision making a lot of wooden body hand planes. I don’t, but maybe a couple or three; we will see. The photo at the top of the post shows the kit with all the parts. A benefit of plane building from a kit is that the folks at Hock …

Reader Email: Advise on Power Tools

Since the monstrous spike in traffic resulting from a woodworking plan appearing in SketchUp’s newsletter, I have received several email messages from readers. Here is one from Tom with a question: “Hi Jeff. Saw your info using SketchUp and working with wood. I am a beginner at wood working. I just bought a compound miter saw to use for small projects and to get my feet wet and wondered if you can lend any advice about the types of power tools I should have for my shop and about using SketchUp to build plans from for a project. Any help is appreciated.” Not sure I am qualified to answer this question; the woodworking corner of the internet is full of information on this subject, but here is how I replied… “Thanks for visiting my website. Here is what I did when I started. I bought a table saw. This kind of saw can cross-cut and rip boards. I got a 10″ contractor style saw (I currently use a Jet 10″ saw). I quickly bought a …