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Thursday, November 24, 2011

The joy of toolmaking

It's a very satisfying feeling when you can make and use your own tools. It's even more so when they perform well. This is my jointer, 23 1/2" long, with a 1 1/2" x 1/4" iron that I made.
Yes, the tote is ugly. And yes, I put it in a bad spot for adjusting the iron.

My thick shop made irons are why I'm so interested in grinders. Can you imagine sharpening this thing without a hollow grind?

Can your iron do this?
After a lot of playing around and tweaking, I can finally get good shavings on the edge of curly maple. One of my smoothers can do this, but it's nice if the jointer can do it too.

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