Archive for January, 2012

Hollows and Rounds after the bath

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Tobias asked about any ill effects of using vinegar. So, here are a couple of pics of the results of an overnight bath in plain old, edible, distilled white vinegar. (straight from the grocery store, 5% acidity) Metal that was not previously rusted shows no noticeable change. Places where there was red rust are now free of the roughness, but are darker gray. There were some blotchy darker areas that are unchanged.  Heck, I’m only 1/3 the age of these plane irons and I’ve got blotches.

photo of derusted plane irons close up photo of de-rusted irons

Next: sharpening, which as I mentioned to “Boy” will be freehand using  a course India stone and two finer grades of Arkansas stones. The rounds can be sharpened on normal flat stones, the hollows on rounded edge slip stones.

Hollows and Rounds

Monday, January 30th, 2012

photo of plane blades soaking in white vinegar“The larger project” that I made shelf brackets for involves the collection of hollows and rounds molding planes I acquired last fall. This project wants at least a couple of them to be tuned up for peak performance. Now that our winter weather has brought dry air, the planes are much easier to disassemble and adjust. A couple of hammer taps on the trailing end knocks the blades loose easily. In the muggy fall, they needed a lot more beating to get the parts to move. So…. since it’s so easy, let’s clean all of them.

One thing is very obvious. The previous owner had a lot more love for the rounds than the hollows.

A few hours in my favorite non-toxic rust remover, white vinegar, will clean them up nicely. The wooden bodies and wedges are so clean that wiping down with mineral spirits is all they need.

P.S. For anyone considering using vinegar for rust removal, keep it away from your workbench. Vinegar does a good job of “ebonizing” the fir my bench is made of.

Shelf Brackets – WIP 5

Monday, January 30th, 2012
photo of shelf brackets with a wood carved acantus decoration

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This is probably the last I’ll post about these brackets, until they get included in the larger project. Yes, they can always be made better, but this is enough for now. Have to leave something for the next version. I’m not completely satisfied with the dot punched background. The model I started from used such a background to increase contrast with the leaves, so I did the same. Yet, I’m wondering if the underlying smooth background might have been better. Next time …

The design was borrowed from an article by Frederick Wilbur (pdf) about carving bookends. The side faces of the bookends were just what I wanted. We’ll save the fish scales for some other day.

Shelf Brackets – WIP 4

Thursday, January 26th, 2012
photo of acanthus leaf woodcarving

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Shelf Brackets – WIP 3

Saturday, January 21st, 2012
photo of wood acanthus leaf woodcarvings

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Small Floral Carving

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Mary May wrote about teaching a class using a Camelia flower as a model. She graciously provided a pattern and outline of how to carve it

photo of a floral carving

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It took only a few hours … motivated to work quickly in a cold workshop. (abt 45 degrees)