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Old Thresher’s – Day 1

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Events | 0 comments

What an incredibly hot day. I have no idea what the heat index was but it had to be well over 100 degrees. The down side of that was a slow day for sales. The upside was that we had plenty of time to get some work done.

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Jessie, the apprentice, found a great Millers Falls jack plane in the trading post and we took a little time to get it in useable condition. It’ll take a little more work to really clean up when we get back to the shop but it afforded me the perfect opportunity to give a lesson on sharpening a plane iron.

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We also took some time to make a couple straight edges out of a plank of some South American wood a supplier gave me to try out. It looks an awful lot like mahogany but its not. I can’t recall the name, but if I think of it I’ll post it in an update. It’s got heavily interlocked grain but it planed well with a 38 degree blade in my low angle jack plane. I’ve got a few scraps left over that are destined to become handles for try squares and turnings for pens or marking knives.

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We drew a small crowd on a few occasions… All in all it was a pretty good day.

See you on day two!

Prototype Bench Pays It’s Freight

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 in Events, Techniques | 0 comments

Every year we load up a huge trailer or two full of our furniture and head up to Mt Pleasant, IA for The Old Thresher’s Reunion. This year we found ourselves short-handed and decided on bringing just one 40ft gooseneck. I found myself contemplating how I might fill some of the gaps left in our display by the missing trailer. I decided to bring the prototype bench and a small selection of tools and supplies to build several small projects including straight edges, try squares and most of Chris Schwarz’s Dutch Tool chest.

When you get to a show and start to unload you expect to find a few pieces that need a little touch-up after a 7 hour ride. Typically a light sanding, a little stain and some touch up spray is all you need. During the unload yesterday I discovered some damage that made my heart sink… Until I remembered I had the bench and the tools to make an otherwise impossible fix on the road.

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An edge of a table leaf had snagged on a pad and pulled an 1/8″ wide splinter loose. Without the bench this table is at worst unsellable and at best will have to be heavily discounted. Instead, I was able to simply remove the aprons and the hardware, clamp it to the face of the bench and plane the edge till the splinter was gone.

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The suede included in the Glide Vise from Benchcrafted gripped incredibly well and protected the finished face of the leaf from the chop. After I finished the leaf I pulled out my shooting board and shaved the ends of the aprons to match the new width of the leaves. When I put the leaf back in the table it fit perfectly.

I couldn’t be happier I brought the bench. I hope the rest of my projects go this well… If I have the down-time to get any work done.

Plate 11 Bench Company Soft Opening at Handworks

Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Events | 0 comments

If you saw us at handworks and you’re interested in getting on the pre-order list you can contact me here:
mark@plate11.com

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