Workbench top is all finished. 

Finally got the top of the work bench all finished. 

There was a lot of piss farting around to fit the tail vice on properly but was all worth it in the end. 

Last step is to give it all a sand down and oil it with Danish oil. 
I should have it all finished by next weekend. Would have it fished this weekend but I have too many birthday parties to go to this weekend. 


WIP workbench. 

Since the weekend I have been spending time making myself a new work bench. 

Using all traditional joints including mortise and tendon joints. Made out of macrocarpa pine. 

Stand is all made and glued together. Now I am working on the bench top which will include an quick release Irwin vice and a woodcraft tail vice. 

Can’t wait till I finish it. 



My 13 year old TRA001 Triton Router

I am finally replacing my TRA001 Triton router with a new one. Motor and speed controller still works fine but the rack and pin on the height winder is in poor condition after 13 years of continuous usage. 

I think that is pretty good value for money which works out to less than $25/year for a good quality power tool. 



600mm disc sander

I’m making a large disk sander to flatten the base of a large document box. 

I didn’t have an outboard turning attachment for the tool rest so I came up with the idea of using the walkie stacker as a tool rest instead. 

It is 600mm in diameter made of 35mm chipboard and is mounted on the outside of my Vicmarc VL150 lathe.  

I will show a video of the tool in action when it is done. 



Chisel Plane we made at Timberbits.

Today I had a session in David Lim’s workshop out at Yennora. He has some very nice wood working equipment.
David was very generous with his time, equipment and materials as well as showing me how to use his equipment. With his help I was able to get a product with a quality I did not think possible. Case of a young dog teaching an old dog new tricks. Most enjoyable session.
The plane when assembled looks like…
Chisel Plane 1
When disassembled it looks like…

Chisel Plane 2

 The basic geometry is..
The rounding is not show on above sketch as it was used to describe the overall size as well as the slot and relief hole geometry.
The timbers are:
main body of the plane:  Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata)
backing piece: Native Olive (Doral)- notelaea ligustrina
wedge: Wenge (Millettia laurentii)
dowels: Wenge (Millettia laurentii)
The chisel is a 32mm Irwin Marples (1¼”)
Finish: Organoil, Danish Oil (one coat)
Couldn’t find a 20mm drill bit so used a 19mm Forstner bit for the relief hole.
The secret to getting the backing piece attached to the main body was to firstly glue a sacrificial piece on the opposite side and cut the 45-55º slot lines and remove slot with chisel. Very clean operation. Then once the slot was cut the backing piece was attached with glue and dowels. I was initially going to use screws but David Lim thankfully talked me into using a sacrificial board.
The sanding of the timber pieces using a Linisher is what took most of the time. Cannot imagine how long it would take doing it by hand plane and sanding blocks. The Linisher was great! The sanding was done using the following grit sequence: 80 → 120  → 220  → 320. The final grit gave a glassy appearance on all the hard woods especially the Native Olive which was mirror like.
Lining up the chisel for a shaving operation was a bit tricky and fiddly. After a lot of attempts one learned about the tapping of wedge and chisel in the right sequence and lightness of hand. I am a bit rough with tools so had to subdue my natural instincts. You need a Zen moment to get it right.
The relief hole had to be continually cleaned out as it kept blocking. Maybe a bigger throat is needed just above the chisel. Will need to ruminate.
Oh yeah the equipment used:
Table saw for main timber component and removal of sacrificial piece
Electric Chop Saw for trimming main body components
Band saw for the rounding of main body/support piece and initial cut of the wedge
Bench drill for the relief hole and dowel holes
Block plane for chamfering square dowels to near round condition
Dowel Jig for final trim of dowels (finally used one of our Men’s Shed items) which worked very well. Nice jig.
Hand electric drill for spinning dowels through dowel jig
Jointer  for main timber components
Thicknesser for sizing main timber components
Linisher for surface smoothing/finishing and final trimming of wedge
300mm ruler for set out
Square for checking right angles
Cotton Rag for application of Danish oil
Folded sanding sheets: hand smoothing of rounded corners
Hand for patting myself on the back
PS David gave me a proper carpenters apron so now I can call myself a woodworker.

Workshop time before dawn. 

Got up before dawn today and couldn’t get back to sleep. Rather than tossing and turning in bed I headed down to my workshop, the place I love best. 

Started the day by making some shavings. 

Love it when shaving come off the piece like this. My 40 year old Stanley chisel and Stanley block plane is still working as good as they day it came off the factory floor. 



Tormek T4

Tormek T4 Grinder

If you’ve invested in good quality tools, you’ll know how important it is to keep them really sharp.

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The T4 is an upgrade to the earlier T3. With the redesigned zinc die-cast top plate, which now incorporates the sleeves for universal support along with a unique hole design, these new sleeves improve the sharpening precision by 300%.

For extra rigidity, the motor, the main-shaft are also mounted on this cast top, and the integrated handle makes the machine easy to move and position. It matches the performance of a larger Tormek, the T7 machine, but at a lower price. If you don’t need the bigger capacity stone and motor in the T7, than the T4 is just right for you.

It’s supplied with a stone grader, the honing compound, the angle master, Tormek DVD and the comprehensive handbook guide to sharpening. You can then customize the suitable jigs to suit your particular sharpening needs.

When it comes to sharpening there’s a whole Tormek world to discover and sharpening actually becomes quite addictive. With the T4, you will soon discover the pleasure of really caring for tools and keeping them razor sharp.

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