Sunday, April 14, 2013

(The Jointer Plane) A completed Wooden Jointer Plane

 My Hand Crafted Wooden Jointer Plane
             Here are some pics of my completed piece of wooden jointer plane with 2 coats of toning oil (linseed oil) finish. It doesn't have a fine cosmetic finish but it does work like a charm (technically a workable jointer plane). My progress on crafting this wooden  jointer plane can be viewed on my photobucket site. The wood type I use for crafting this jointer plane is "Resak Wood" (a durable hard heavy wood native to Malaysia, (Vatica and Cotylelobium genus of Dipterocarpaceae Family)).  I have to admit that working with resak wood is a little difficult since its a durable heavy hard wood. It does gives a nice finish color though.
Lesson learned. 
           Its a good idea to use dowels when joining two plane body together. When I applied glue to both sides of the plane bodies and clamp them together, they tend to shift in all directions and its difficult to center both pieces.  I was quite hasty when crafting the jointer plane and thought that I could clamp my way through the "little warping on the wood". As you've notice on the 3rd, 4th, 5th pic, the glue seam on the jointer are about 2mm wide. I should have done more planing for a seamless join on both pieces of the plane bodies. Fortunately, when I was clamping the 2 pieces together I made sure that my clamps are placed a little towards the sole of my jointer so much so that the gap between both bodies will be smaller. On the 6th and 7th pic, you'll notice that the blade is perfectly square to the sole/base of the jointer plane. However, the blade mouth is a little off. This will certainly affect the movement of the shavings. I might readjust the mouth in future.

Do leave a comment and let me know what are your thoughts on my piece.

"Thank you Sumokun for the tutorial on Wooden Jointer Plane"

Left View
Right View
Top View
End View (front)(More planning should have been done for a seemless join)
End View (back)(didn't notice the hole when I uploaded this pic, anyways will plug them later)

Blade Mouth View

Blade Mouth View
Mouth View (top)
Mouth view (side)

Wedge & Blade

(The writeup) Taking it slow and getting started (Part1)

Woodworking Experience
         Firstly, I'm a seasonal/novice/amateur woodworker. Don't know if I used the term correctly but I only craft a wood project when I'm passionate with what I see.  I will then allow myself to sacrifice a little bit of my time and funds for this project. Funds?! Now that's a very important issue here. Without funds, woodworking would not even be possible for people like me who resides in an urban area. Everything little thing in woodworking intertwine with money. Hence, I have a simple budget set forth  for this bench project.  
         Starting a woodworking project is time consuming and cumbersome. Before these process of initiating, following up, and completion of a project, I've to consider the possibility that I may have   crafted yet another piece of junk furniture that occupy space. Matters such as places to get raw materials, material availability, ordering lead time, and paying for custom taxes are just a few setbacks that require much thought and researching before getting the ball rolling.
                                                Materials :  Raw Wood (2"x4", 2"x5", 1"x4",1"x6")
        I usually  get my wood from  local hardware store or saw/timber mills.  Planed wood of various sizes are available but pretty expensive at my local hardware store. One major disadvantage of getting wood from these hardware stores is that you are not allowed to choose. So, you're bound to get some "unwanted" quality of wood (i.e: warped wood, non straight grain, etc).
    Saw mills on the other hand do not sell planed wood but rather cut raw wood and its much cheaper. It is more economical to get your wood from them if you're getting loads of it. But you'll have to do some extra wood planning yourself. Anyways, many of these saw mills are sole proprietor and they sell wood in bulk to various companies. Some of these timber mill owners are pretty nice though. If you ask nicely they are  willing to custom cut any required wood length for you with no extra charge.
   For instance, couple days ago I was at a local saw mill to check on wood availability for my required bench legs (2" by 5"). I ask the owner if he has some readily available cut 2" x 5" woods. Acknowledging that he does not cater for individual buyers, he's willing to custom saw some 2" x 5" woods for me. Being a perfectionist myself, I was dissatisfied with the quality of the sawn 2" x 5" (well, he provided me with 2 types of different wood, pic1, pic2). Hence, I requested if he could saw me another set of 2" x 5" with the same type of wood hardness (with full payment of course). And I end up with these good quality "Balau Wood" (of Shorea genus, Dipterocarpaceae family) for the same price (given that Balau wood is a hard dense wood) pic1, pic2.
     The only disadvantage of saw mill woods is that they (wood) are still moist and wet. The tendency for wood warping is almost certain to occur on these conditions. I would store my wood in a cool dry place with some super heavy stuff (i.e dumbbells) on top of the wood. This way the wood is allowed to dry rather slowly and uniformly on the ground. It is never a good idea to air dry outdoor, acknowledging  local temperature is about 34 °C daytime and 24 °C nighttime. After about a week of drying in those conditions, here are the results "no drying", "3-4 days drying", "1 week drying".

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Introduction and Inspiration

    This blog is intended for my handy work "Split Top Roubo Bench"as you have read from the title of my blog (Split Top Roubo Bench with a Tropical Twist).
   The phrase "Tropical Twist" is referred to the type of wood I'm using for my bench. I chose Meranti Wood ((Shorea genus of Dipterocarpaceae Family) or simply "Kayu Meranti as they are called here in Malaysia") for my bench because its relatively cheap and easy to work with. As for the bench legs, I will be crafting on "Balau Wood" also a Shorea genus of Dipterocarpaceae Family.

   Honestly though, it never really cross my mind to craft a wood working bench not to mention a "Split Top Roubo Bench". Being just a seasonal wood worker myself, the idea of building a simple "saw bench" would have been sufficient for my wood workings as I do most of my wood work on the floor (ground). Thus, I googled around for "saw bench" ideas and came to this website. And that's how this project begins.

  Anyways, I'm in the mist of completing my wooden  jointer plane to be used on my bench. As for the bench components, they have arrived via mail (i.e: benchcrafted vise tail, leg vise (from reid supply company, I'll explain later)).

 My progress will be slow but with fingers crossed, I hope I don't take too long to finish my bench. :)


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