Monday, January 25, 2016

Returning to this space and an I. Sym jointer plane

It's been 363 days since my last post on The Eaton County Woodworker... you may ask what the heck I've been up to! Well, I'll tell you... I've been writing a book for the F&W Media / Popular Woodworking folks! It's all about how to make period furniture (six projects representing the major 18th century styles) entirely with hand tools. It is not a how-to book on how to tune or use (in a theoretical sense) tools; it is how to use them to actually make furniture. It should be due around Halloween of this year and will be nationally available wherever books are sold.


The draft is almost ready to go to the publisher, so I'll have time, energy, and topics to write about once again on this blog. Please keep an eye on this space as I have some pretty cool stuff in the hopper. Stuff like this late 18th century I. Sym jointer plane. 200 years old and still perfectly flat and square. Just took a few minutes to sharpen the plane (it needed nothing else) and it was taking those whispy shavings we all know and love.


Zach


Lovely I. Sym jointer plane on my desk, home base for writing my book

Hand prints from a long-dead user in the patina

No twist after 200+ years; this is why I like English planes better than American



Perfectly flat and straight in length with no work



Whispy full length shavings in walnut (some sapwood)

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  1. Zach who? Looking forward to the publication of the book.

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    1. Thanks Laurin. Looking forward to seeing you and the rest of the SAPFM guys in April.

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  2. Glad you are back Zach.
    Are you going to be at the April 2nd and 3rd DIA event?
    Oh and by the way, the shavings are much to whispy, what were you thinking!

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    1. Thanks Doug. I won't miss the DIA event unless my daughter (due on April 7th) decides to arrive early.

      Those whispy shavings are fun to show off / prove to people that the plane works as well as I say it does :)

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  3. I read the title as:

    "Returning to this space and an I.

    (full stop)

    Sym Jointer Plane"

    ... and had no idea what you meant for a good 20 seconds.

    I thought, "Man, not writing in your blog for about a year apparently has a negative impact on your ability to form sentences! I'd best get back to mine!"

    Don't worry; I figured it out. :)

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    2. Admittedly, it was a fairly pained addition to the title and wasn't all that clear. But not writing a blog for a while can do that... :)

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  4. Congratulations on your effort. IT will be good to get to know you.

    Are you on Instagram. IG is really a great place to post and keep up with everyone. Much eaiser than a blog. Just take a picture and write a short paragraph and post. I am sure you would gather followers quickly. Also it it all phone or tablet based. I just keep my phone in the shop and post while I take a break from whatever is going on the shop.

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    1. I've never been an Instagram guy. My initial perception when it first became popular was that it wasn't a serious option for sharing serious information, but perhaps I should give it another look.

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    2. Yes! It's kinda awesome – I love seeing what folks are working on. And you could...hint hint...post pictures of your projects from the book. :-) Welcome back.

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    3. Ok, I caved. New Instragram user zachdillinger reporting for duty.

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