Friday, July 29, 2011

Rearranging the Shop

This is how my shop looked when I first moved in.  Boy, nice and empty.  The bench originally had two slabs separated by a center tool tray and I wanted to work from all sides.  I changed the bench layout a few times and now it has the two slabs joined into one.  I've gotten tired of fighting with the column so I've decided to move the bench against the beadboard wall.
I've framed in the far wall with 2x4 studs and will cover it with pegboard to hold all those miscellaneous tools that show up in the shop.  The stud wall is fastened to a joist at the top but I was out of RamSet nails to fasten the bottom plate to the concrete.  I picked some up last night so this weekend should see the completion of the wall and moving of the bench.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Prize Plane

Some years ago, I was gifted a Clark & Williams try plane.  I was hooked immediately by the beauty, simplicity, elegance, workmanship and performance.  I always thought I would add one of their smoothers to my arsenal.  Then C&W changed their name to Old Street Tools.  The planes were the same but having the Clark and Williams names on the plane was important to me.  In a bit of serendipity, Chris Schwarz listed a plane for sale on his blog. Just what I wanted plus the added provenance of Chris!  This makes this plane very special for me and I will treasure it along with my C&W try plane.