Bakersfield, CA, US
Aha! It's a Luthier's Plane, possibly a Luthier's Rabbet Plane or Bunny Plane. (???) Well, it looks like one, anyway...
Well..this probably wouldn't fit in my "entryway", but it would sure look sweet in my Study.
Wait...I take that back. I think it's an old Spill Plane.
It looks like an old Coachmaker's Plow plane, due to the shortness of the sole.
Yep. That's real. I'm a juggler, myself, and I've seen this guy perform this trick live before. Actually, the hardest part is not hitting the nail with the hammer...it's driving the tail spike into the wood at the end that's tough.
I was just about to order a book on inlay...but I think I'll hold off until this drawing is over :)
I built this one, as well!! Very simple, VERY sturdy! It was my first real piece of woodworking, and if all goes according to plan, it will be around when my grandchildren get ready to build their first projects :)
And, unlike the video accompaniment to this project on FWW, I didn't have a workbench on which to build my workbench :) It was constructed about 90% on the garage floor!!
I did have to re-purchase and re-cut all of the stock except for the MDF (can you say "measure twice, cut once???"), but even with that setback I got the bench finished in one day.
Beautiful work, to be sure...but doesn't the heat from the fireplace affect the electronic components positioned directly above it?
One of my favorite inspirational tools is a book featuring the furniture which survived from medieval castles. I love to see the antique/ancient methods and designs used by previous generations/ages, and garner inspiration for new or replica furniture from them. This book would be a very valuable resource to add to my collection.
First of all, let me start by saying I am VERY new to woodworking. I had been a Professional Chef for the past 20+ years, and now that I have "retired", I am pursuing those hobbies I had long neglected due to intense workloads.
So, to the point:
My first piece of equipment was (and still is) the Skil 10" Compound Mitre Saw. It's a benchtop model, and I built the Workbench from "Getting Started In Woodworking" from this site to support it (amongst other things). GREAT bench, by the way!! Anyway, I have pre-drilled holes in the benchtop to accommodate the Mitre Saw, so that I can bolt it down for the big projects, and remove it to the corner when I need the full table top.. I did attach a surge suppressing power supply on the back bench leg, so that I can plug it in, along with various other pieces of equipment I use regularly. I'm pretty pleased with the saw, but I do wish it had a laser alignment feature. A seperate table for the Mitre Saw is forthcoming.
My next benchtop tool was the Skil Router Table (yes...I went pretty much all Skil for my first forays into woodworking). I used the original workbench as a height guide when building a stand for the router table, so I could use the workbench as an outfeed table. It works great, and I can use the router on pretty much any length of material. My only complaint with the Skil table is the fence....it's a little difficult to get accurate measurements from the pre-printed guides.
My third piece...and this comes after trying (and failing) to drill the various holes for the workbench by hand and dead reckoning, is the Skil 15" Drill press with laser alignment guide. While I am currently using the workbench as a table for the drill press, I have the materials to build a stand-alone table (again, using the original workbench height as a guide so I can use it for support/outfeed when needed).
And that's pretty much it for the moment, though I will be picking up several other pieces over the next few weeks, such as a Planer, Bench Grinder, Scroll Saw, Table Saw and...if I can find one which won't break the bank (too late??), a Wood Lathe.
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