05 August 2009
I'ts been dawning on me for a while now that I've been away for several weekends doing woodworky type stuff, and SWIMBO's patience is only veneer thin...so if I were to offer just the merest suggestion that I need to go away again this Saturday, I'd get shot one of those tight lipped, narrow eyed, sideways glances that are quite capable of reducing a glacier to a gigantic puddle.
"Do you really have to?...."
"Probably not dearest, I'l just stay at home and cut the grass"...what else is there to say, if one's sanity and the status quo is to be preserved?
But I do need to get away, and therein lies the problem...but how the hell to do it?
You see, I've finished the shooting board with all the bits and pieces that I was making for my pal Tony, and they need to be delivered to Weymouth. If you recollect, I did a bit of wheelin' & dealin' at Pete's bash in early June, and the deal that was struck was for my services in exchange for a rather pleasant shoulder plane that is now surplus, as Tony has something almost identical from Konrad Sauer... (as well as one or two other offerings from that stable)
This has been a bit of a head scratcher for me over the last couple of days and then yesterday as I was cycling home on the Blokebike, I had a bolt from the blue, which I have to say, don't happen very often these days!
As it conveniently happens, SWIMBO is away on business in Germany tonight, so I've got a free evening, a window of opportunity and after a quick 'fone call to Tony, I'm off down to Weymouth tonight...result!
The pics show the completed project with the mitre shoots in place. Construction of the long mitre shoot is entirely with biscuits. Each of the mitre attachments is located on the left hand side of the board by a steel pin and held firmly against the return stroke of the plane by toggle clamp. I've used a small insert of oak to act as a wear strip (this bears on the plane sole just under the cutter) and the actual runway is made from some acrylic plastic. Both of the fences are adjustable as the countersunk screw nearest the runway is a very tight fit whilst the one at the other end is sloppy (so giving a degree of adjustment) and is tightened onto a large washer, once 90deg has been set. I also made Tony a jig to hold the blades from the LV spokeshaves which'll allow him to hone them in the Eclipse guide.