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If you are planning on hours of plaining remember the back of the plane, where your hand presses, should fit the contours of your hand. [I just spent 4 hours flattening a 2' X 8' X 3" knotty walnut slab] The handle matters! So, don't try to be symmetrical with your plane design unless you are ambidextrous. Maple is a good choice of American hardwoods for hand planes but tropicals are much harder and will last longer. Osage orange is a very good American hard wood for planes. It grows everywhere but it's hard to find in a lumberyard.
Very good job! I made one with a walnut sole. That was a big mistake! Walnut is heavy but not hard, tropicals are much better for this. I made another, a jointer, from maple with a rosewood sole and an ironwood mouth. It cuts great. Made another (a coffin smoother) from Brazillian cherry with a high cutting angle. It's the bomb for gnarly wood. Keep up the good work!
Good job, but you made the wedge from the short grain of the wood; it should be long grain. That way it won't break if you smack it back or sideways. Also, leave some room for the chips to exit so they don't bunch up in front of the blade. You would notice this if you used it for more than a few feet, but job accomplished!
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Nice looking knife, bad looking cut. Yikes! Ref. the offset handle, I usually make my skinners with an asymmetric handle, a larger scale on the right side. Made this way they fit better in my hand and I loose far fewer in the gut pile. I wanted to add a picture but iPhone isn't playing well? Anyway, voting because of the injury and the best use of a Harley. =D
Very nice! I've been thinking about doing that for ages. I actually have some blades on the workbench that I was planning on using to make a fillet knife.
Size doesn't matter. You could drive a Marshall stack with this amp, it won't get loud though. This amp will drive any 8 ohm loudspeaker, but it will only output 3/4 of a watt. So, what you are looking for in a speaker is lots of decibels per watt. Look for a high efficiency speaker one that puts out 95-100db per watt. Whether you use a 5 watt or 50 watt speaker with this amp simply won't matter.If, on the other hand, you want to increase the power output of the amp I suggest you look at other projects. This little amp really can't be modified for higher output.
Make a pattern from one of your hand planes. Or use these: http://www.leevalley.com/us/wood/page.aspx?p=63262
Sure, some people find it easier to remember a simple process rather than an imposing matrix of numbers. I did much better at math when I got to algebra and calculus and the numbers, in many cases, went away. Another example is I play lots of stuff on guitar and I can't tell you what note I'm playing or what cords. The process to play notes is much easier for me when I get rid of all the theory and dispense with memorizing the fretboard, scales, and cords. Having said that, it doesn't stop me from studying Bach.
True, I use a calculator. The point of this instructable is to show a method of multiplication for those who can't memorize all of the times tables. If you have a less complicated method using your fingers, let's see it.
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