I'll start in reverse order and walk you through what a great weekend this was for me.
First (or last, depending on how you look at it), I have been a very bad boy on eBay lately. If you have been trying to buy an Ohio bench plane, I apologize for your lack of luck, as I now own them all.
Most of them have been sitting sadly rusting in a plastic crate, but I have had some luck with an O4. Tonight, I got to try out an O7 with a blade that I did my best to rehab today. I think I really like these planes.
|A curly full length shaving with my Ohio O7.|
Full disclosure - One of my Ohio O7s.
|14 board-feet of not exactly traditional Windsor chair material.|
The only problem is the Frau decided this board would make a perfect console table. I told her she had until I started to break this board down into seat-blank sizes to come up with a design.
Whatever she comes up with, I'll try to tell her it would be more appropriate to build in ash.
I was kind of steering toward making some painted staked patio chairs, but now that I have this board, I think something spectacular is in order.
|Not something I am particularly proud of.|
Today I ran out to the Dick shop and milled up enough ash to re-do it. This batch is just as straight and perfect as the last. I did all of the milling on machines this time, and finished in about an hour and a half. It took that long as I fiddled with the angle of the saw blade for every rip in order to get perfectly rift-sawn stuff resulting in the grain looking the same on every face of every stick.
Now that I know how to build it, it should go much faster. I can gang cut some of the parts. The long ones are all exactly the same, and there is a left version and a right version of the short ones.
|A freshly milled do-over. I'm glad I had some extra wood.|
|Me and Pedder.|
Pedder and I spent some time in my tiny shop talking saws. He is a cheerful guy and passionate about saws. I love talking to guys like him because you can learn so much.
He brought a couple of saws with him to show off.
|The butter knife.|
|That is a narrow kerf. Alex should post the photo of me making this cut.|
|For some reason the only photo I have of this saw is this artsy one.|
|Alex showing off a Bavarian half-beer.|
|Peter showing off with the pear saw.|
|Perhaps the empty beer glasses had something to do with the lack of proper photography.|
|Martin is a photogenic chap.|
|Peter, me, Pedder, Alex and Martin.|