|Time to Start, About 30 Members in Attendance|
Show & Tell and Other Items Brought UpEd, who seems to be on the hunt and receiving end of many antique planes told us about a #6C Baily Jointer Plane he currently has his eye on. According to his own description it's a pretty well rusted piece that I believe is spending its time in a neighbors yard but Ed would like to get it anyway! I did a quick Ebay check and there are a number of them listed currently.
Another item of interest was brought up regarding an On-Line clearance sale that Lee Valley will be having. The dates are June 22nd. through the 26th. Here is a LINK to that information. Beth highly recommended their brad point drill bits; who knows that may be one of their clearance items!
Tim brought in a heavy duty card scraper that he began using for his guitars but has found it to be great for working on his rocking chairs as well. It's by Stuart MacDonald and although he's primarily a luthier, this LINK to his site should prove to be interesting too. There is a video dealing with the card scraper too.
|Bridge City Tool Works Crowning Plane|
|Ted's Walnut & Ash Bowl|
|Bridge City Kerfmaker|
Here is a LINK to Bridge City. There is a video explaining how to use the Kerfmaker that's pretty impressive.
|John's Ash & Curly Maple Bowl|
|Denny LaRocca's Beautiful Cherry & Maple Tool Cabinet|
Denny's Tool Cabinet
Denny LaRocca is known to all of us as Jamie's shop assistant. Here's an example of some of the work that he does as well, a tool cabinet designed to hold his ever growing collection of tools. By his own admission, he admits to sometimes buying tools on a whim only to have them gather dust somewhere in his work area -- unopened! He blames the recent Lie-Nielsen tool event at Jamie's shop as being the catalyst for this project. After spending more on Lie-Nielsens fine tools than he should have he decided that rather than have them laying around carelessly in his shop it was time to build a proper cabinet.
He began by sketching out some of his own ideas but then Jamie handed him a book called The Toolbox Book by Jim Tolpin, here's a LINK to it from Amazon. The basis for his cabinet can be found on page 101. It features machine cut dovetails and through mortise and tenon joinery. Denny modified those plans to suit his own requirements. One interesting thing he changed was the traditional use of through mortise and tenon joinery. Almost seems like a "no duh" concept seeing how he works in Jamie's shop but rather than hand cut those tenons he used the Festool Domino joiner. Check out the link if you've never sent this amazing tool in action.
It uses a piece of wood similar to the biscuit you may be familiar with:
If you checked the cabinet out closely you can see the ends of them on the front rail. Not only is this a strong way to assemble the case, it also adds a nice decorative element.
|Tool Holder Designs|
During the construction process, Denny came up with a number of different ways to hold his tools securely in the cabinet. Shown at left are some that didn't make it into the final project but were critiqued by Jamie and others in classes --- that is, if you can call a calloused "that sucks" a critique! Designs that made it into the cabinet are shown in the picture essay below but many included magnets and shaped wooden forms to hold the tools in place. As Denny acquires more tools there is enough free space in the cabinet to accommodate them.
With a project like this, one where you spend time working on it as you can it's difficult to calculate the amount of hours you spend. Conservatively, Denny guesses at about 100-150 hours. The doors hinge on continuous piano hinges and are held shut with magnets. The finish is Watco oil.
He elected to have Cimarron Drawers do the dovetail work on these with wood he supplied to ensure a nice flow of the grain all the way across the cabinet. Larger drawers have small, finger jointed drawers inside of them for better organization:
|Note the exposed Domino tenon on the rail between the drawers|
Here are some of the detailed photos of the various tool holders:
|Marking Gauges and Lay-Out Tools|
As part of his tool kit, Denny showed off his shop made mallet. It's filled with shot but an interesting feature is the unequal curved shape by the head. The purpose of this is so that when he chokes up on the handle for better control, his thumb fits nicely into the shorter radius -- smart idea!
|Denny's shop made mallet|