Wooden Hand plane

This winter has not been a real winter in Stockholm. The temperature has hovered around 0 °C, unlike last year when the temeperaturen was -20 °C .

Ok I am not complaining  about the temperature but I really miss the snow. Whats the meaning of living in Sweden if you don't have snow?

But Yesterday the snow finally came, great!
It is great to go down to the workshop and knock some wood when you can see the snowflakes outside.

I had just finished building a pastryboard to my wife. and had nothing to do. I looked around the shop to see if there was something i could build.

A few months ago i bought some pieces of oak to my kitchen project but i saved one of the pieces for special occations/projects. The grain was tighter and the weight was heavier than the other pieces. I saved it, wanted to make something nice and useful of it.

I decided to make a hand plane, Krenov style. I realize that oak is not the optimal wood for making hand planes but i thought that this piece of oak probably would make a fine plane - and it worked just fine

Unfortunatly i don't have any pictures of the building process but there are a lot of sites out there who can show how its done. for example "build a wooden hand plane"

Now i need to buy my self a really good plane iron, the one i used so far i borrowed from an old Stanley plane.

This project was really fun, it didn't take long, wasn't too difficult and its useful.

and PS the plane works like a dream!

A 5-Board Bench by Charles Neil

Its hard to find a better craftsman in woodworking than Charles Neil, I've seen a lot of his videos and i really must say that this guy really knows what he is doing, and the things he do .... it s amazing. Many of his projects are too time-consuming and advanced for me. That is why i was so glad when i found this video.

A 5-board bench, a very very simple project but it has learned me a lot. especially how to make a good looking "rustic" finish.

Watch the video on Youtube  or see below   

Building a Router Table 4: Paint and Assembly

i will just send you an update on the "Building a Router Table" project. This is what it looks like for the moment.
  I have painted it and has given it 3-4 coats of  varnish. Below you can see what i have done sense last time.
I have mounted the Router to the insert plate. The insert plate is made by plexiglass.

Here are some pictures of the table and what i have done so far.  
So left do is
1, I need a door to the cabinet. I don't know if i am going to use the old kitchen cabinetdoor or if i will make a new door out of MDF.
2, i want the dust collection box to be removable. i haven't found any good solutions of that.

Router Table 3: Building the fence

OK, the base of my router table is almost done.
Time to start the next part, the fence.

I looked around on Youtube and other websites and found some variations that seemed to suit me.

The fence i am building has three essential parts, the base, the fence and a frontpiece (actually 2 frontpieces)   

The base and the fence are made of 1inch MDF
I began by gluing together the base to the fence exactly 90 ° to each other. Two smaller pieces acted as support

I want my fence to me movable, therefor I routed two tracks in the base. The whole fence will then be able to slide forward and back.

To make the frontpieces move from side to side i made two tracks in the fence 

I made one long track to attach a fetherboard or a stop block

a little box for the dust collection 

 I made two frontpieces in laminated oak

 To attach the frontpiece to the fence i countersunk a bolt in the frontpiece that fits the track on the fence. as you can see i also made a track at the top of  frontpiece that fitted the long track in the fence 

 Now the frontpiece can be moved side to side 
 The frontpiece is attached with a bolt and awooden knob at the back of the fence 

In the track at the top of the frontpiece you can now attach a fetherboard or a stopblock 

Kindle/Ipad stand from Steve Ramsey (woodworking for mere mortals)

One of my favorite woodworking sites is Woodworking for mere mortals made by Steve Ramsey. He has done a lot of crazy and useful projects.

What I really like about "woodworking for Mere Mortals" is that Steve shows that woodworking is not about the coolest tools or the coolest woods, it's about having fun in the workshop

His projects are usually not that big and time-consuming and can usually be done as a weekend project. The latest project from Steve is one of his best Kindle / IPad case and stand. This little box is ingenious in its design. I just have to do this project and it has definitely given me a great reason to buy me an iPad.

If you havent visited his website please do!


Router Table 2: Building Base and top

As i said earlier i wanted to make a router table to my 30 -year old Ryobi router. When i looked around the internet for models to be inspired from, i saw this model.
It looked really nice. A sturdy piece with room for storage. I always need storage!  Inspired by this red router table i started to see what i had in the shop to build from. I realized that my old kitchen cabinets from IKEA (leftovers from my kitchen rebuild) was perfect for this project.
 One of the most important things i need for all my workbenches and toolcabinets are that i want them to have wheels. My shop is very small, appr. 12 kvm so i have to be able to put them away when i am not using them. So i started with an old kitchen cabinet and made a frame at the bottom ( made by simple 2"*4") to make it sturdier and something to attach the wheels to.

 Then i made a hole at the top that fits my router

 I glued and screwed a shelve in the middle to reinforce the cabinet and to make it more sturdy
 base finished !

I laminated 2 pieces of 3/4 inch MDF for the top-piece and made a hole in it for the router 

Then I glued another piece of MDF (1/4 inch) on the very top and made room for the insert plate

 The top-piece glued and screwed to the base.

I put some stretchers at the back and some 90° Iron at the sides to keep the MDF from Sagging.
 I didnt have any good pictures on that :(
 Table is ready
 Just needs some paint....
well.. actually it needs a bit more
1, A door
2, A fence
3, and of course a router

FOLLOW MY BUILD:  Part Three, Building the fence