Exercises

Spokeshave Control

These exercises will work on your control of the flat-bottomed spokeshave and establish good patterns for continuously reading the grain: Convex and Concave Chamfer Stop- Chamfer Rounded Edge- End Grain Rounded Corner- Along the Grain For these exercises you will need: 1x piece of wood approximately ¾” thick (19mm), 4” wide (100mm), 16” long (400mm) …

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Round Rod

For this, you will need: Wood Pencil Steel Rule Brace and Bit (the size of the required round rod diameter) or a 1-inch coin Sash Clamp Bench Plane Spokeshave (flat-bottomed) Card Scraper Abrasive Paper (150 grit) 1. Once you have cut your wood to a square section, you can use a coin to draw around …

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Roundovers

Note: Roundovers are used on edges that have the potential to wear, splinter and break with use. Rounding these edges or corners gives you a more solid and resistant structure. Here a plane works well instead of a spokeshave as it has a longer sole to register on the wood. Also spokeshaves tend to follow …

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Setting Hinges

Note: Before setting your hinges, if there is more than one, check them over to ensure there are no major discrepancies in sizing between the two. Whereas some hinges are made to tight tolerances, some are not, in which case the recesses must be customised to each specific hinge flap to guarantee a good fit. …

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Preparing Your Wood

Preparing your wood is also referred to as truing your stock. For this exercise you will need: Wood (size will be dependent on the project you are working on)PlaneSteel RuleWinding Sticks (you can make them using this video or you can use the ‘poor mans’ version Paul uses in this guide)PencilSquareGauge All stock must be trued …

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Bench Plane Setup

Note: This exercise will get you familiar with the parts of the plane and where they go. To see the video on putting the plane together, click here. You will need: Bench Plane Bailey-pattern #4 Flat head screwdriver Start by dismantling the plane, take any removable pieces apart, including all the screws but not the …

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