It’s been busy around the shop these past few weeks. I’m sanding one project and finishing another while one more is just getting started. Luckily most of the projects are coming to a close and the rest of the Christmas orders are being shipped out this week. These mahogany bread boards turned out very nice and I’m actually thinking I “need” a mahogany chopping block now.
One of the projects that I’m very happy with is my pallet wood wine rack. It was a rough start and a few design changes. I ended up not making a raised front and evening the two grid systems out. Check out the video and see what you think.
Christmas gift making is in full swing in just about every shop. I’m beginning the season with a pallet wine rack. Yes, you might remember that I just built one this summer and filmed it, but this is different. This rack will be sitting on the ground and hold 24 750ml bottles. Yes, I said 24. My original idea was just to take 2 boards, joint them together and put them in a frame, but that is just too simple. I am now going with a grid pattern to hold bottles in individual spots to they don’t hit each other. For the grid I was going to just glue the pieces together, but the strips ended up being to bulky so I cut a lot of dados and half lapped all the strips together. It is turning out well so far. I just finished Part 1 of the build, stay tuned for part 2 and make sure to subscribe to my channel for the most recent video updates!
I finished the router plane a little while ago, but just haven’t added it to the blog, thumbs down for me. I will be trying to update the blog more frequently with completed videos and project updates. Here is the finished router plane video.
If you haven’t known, I’m a big fan of creating my own tools. It is about just as satisfying as creating a piece of furniture, box, or cutting board. This time I am taking on creating my own router plane. I’ve looked at many pictures of other hand made ones. I’ve came to the conclusion that there are two types, one with handles and one that is cut with a bandsaw/coping saw and has no handles (sorry can’t remember the names of the types). I liked to basic design of the one with the handles, but not sure if I’m going to place handles on it or just make finger grooves.
My basic arsenal of equipment is mainly hand tools. I’m using chisels, hand plane, brace and bit, and square. My iron is going to a hex wrench and is attached using pressure in a thumb screw. I started out by using a piece of oak pallet, yes I said pallet, why not recycle. I cut out the main shape of the plane at first using a hand plane, then switching to a hand saw because it was quickeAfter getting the main two sides roughed out I set out a one inch sight hole for the iron to go into. I first drilled out the waste. I used a chisel to clean out the sides and make it all squared up. I then switched to a hand plane and shaved down the front side of the plane. This helped with visibility as you are cutting out the wood and also helps with chip removal. I then flipped it onto it’s front side and clamped it in a vise to drill the hole where the thumbscrew will be placed to hold the hex wrench. This is where I have left the project so far and will be finishing up the plane and getting a video edited of the whole process.