Wide-Board Surface Planing Jig
Made progress on the Greene and Greene desks over the weekend.
Finished surface planing all of the mahogany for the desk tops. Used my newly constructed wide-board planing jig. The jig was shown in a recent article in Fine Woodworking magazine, and allowed the user to "joint" boards up to the full-width of the surface planer (about 11.5 inches). I had a few boards that were too wide for my 6 inch jointer, so I built the jig.
I was skeptical that the jig would work, but it worked like a charm. I may make a few improvements to the jig before I use it again though. The triangular height adjustment pieces slip on the plywood suface of the base when the planer’s feed-roller engages. Maybe put sandpaper strips on the plywood top of the jig to provide more friction. I will also replace the plywood triangular pieces with another material. They have a tendancy to split when the screws are engaged. I will use either MDF (as the article suggested), or a plastic material.
Also finished tuning (fettling) the old #8 jointer hand plane over the weekend. The 100-year old blade is laminated steel and sharpened to razor sharp with DMT and water stones. I have the cuts on my fingers to prove it! It needed to be reset to a 25-degree angle, as it was way off. Took awhile to regrind it on the stones. The sole was very flat already and just needed touching up. The plane is now as good as it was 100 years ago. I love it.
Hand Planes are addictive once you start to get good results.