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November 9, 2009

Smoothing Plane Workshop

I am preparing and packing for my up coming trip to Reno, Nevada to teach a workshop for the Nevada WoodChucks this weekend.  It is a 3 day workshop, Friday, Saturday and part of a day Sunday.  There are 8 people signed up for the workshop and as it were I had to provide the blades and wood.  I was able to purchase the blades (Buck PL138) at a large box store for $4.20 each plus tax as they were on clearance, meaning they will no longer carry them.  Well I bought 7 blades and Tom Doud bought the only one in Reno, I will bring my own.

No 2 inch maple available in Reno, so Mike Moore of Mike Moore’s Custom Mills in Salt Lake City, donated enough 2 inch maple for the 8 planes.  Well 9 planes, as I will make one for myself.  We will be copying a 19th century English coffin smoother, with an option to make a Moxon Smoother, I have one I made as a sample.

I have made a coffin smoother before for a past president of the Nevada WoodChucks and it is a handy little smoothing plane.  The Moxon smoother that I made is one I use all the time, I like the shape but I think I will make myself a coffin smoother this time.

Looking forward to seeing old friends and my family, always a good trip by rail and a good time when I arrive.  I will post daily during the workshop, should be fun.



  1. Are those irons good, Stephen?

    Just curious, I’m looking for some good (inexpensive) ones for a project of my own.

    Cheers and good luck with the class! Jerome

    Comment by Jerome Weijers — November 10, 2009 @ 3:59 pm

  2. Jerome,

    They are not bad, take and hold an edge. I have even serrated a couple and made toothing blades. And for the price, hard to beat.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — November 10, 2009 @ 8:02 pm

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