Vlog #96: A plane day

Video notes:

  • Last week’s clock video ended up looking like an ash tray nailed to a tree :)
  • Collaborating with other people is so much fun.
  • Either a shooting board or lathe cart upgrade video for this week….I think.
  • Keep it real homies!


  1. The “Ashtray nailed to a tree” comment sounds like some of the comments I received when I was attempting to be ‘artistic’ with my woodwork. Years ago I displayed some lathe projects for sale at a craft show and a woman said that a vase I turned from a live-edge piece of Redwood Burl looked like “Rotted firewood”. I was not happy, until it sold for $250 later that day. Remember, art is in the eye of the beholder, and Andy Warhol made millions painting cans of Campbell’s soup.

  2. Jay,
    Personally I love the way your clock came out. I think the results are amazing considering you made it on the fly without a sketch-up plan. I finished the miter saw station and will instgram some photos but I have some cleanup to do. I also did a modified version of your vacuum/cyclone cart it works great. I hope to meet you Nick and April one day in the near future. Keep up the great work. and Thank You.

  3. I enjoy all your videos and I really enjoy those that combine a personal meaning along with creators woodworking skill. Whether or not there is some sort of deserved compensation for your time spent with those planes, it was nice to hear you share more of the personal background. I find many of your “Around the web” series videos have a indirect way of doing the same… showing the good in people. I appreciate you sharing that.

  4. Good video. I got hung up on old planes a couple of years ago and know how time consuming cleaning and all that goes with them is. Your neighbor is a lucky guy. Not to be negative but the audio on this video seemed to be of a lesser quality than your norm. At least on my end it seemed distorted or over modulated or something. None the less I enjoy the vlogs and this one was no exception.

  5. I really like the looks of the clock… I have a few board feet of spalted maple of my own… It from a tree at my Mom and Dads neighbor yard, that when I was a very young child… (40 yrs ago. just dated myself) we used to climb and play it. So that clock project is very inspiring to build. It would like great in so bodies log home. Nice work between You, April and Nick. Looking forward to more of your video works.
    Also, Give your lovely bride my heart felt THANK YOU for her service. I have a son-in-law in the Air Force as well… Know and understand the duties they endure.

  6. Suggestion: I’ve found that plastic household “gutter” material, as found in any ordinary hardware or DIY store, is a very good way to dunk rusty metal hand planes in that EvapoRust material, and let the metal bits soak until the rust all goes away. I have an old Bailey #5 1/2 (series 10, maybe?) hand plane soaking that way, right now.

    The gutter material that I’m thinking of is a system with multiple plastic parts you buy, and put together any way you want. The main part of that system is a long skinny “bathtub” shaped plastic extrusion, with open ends. By itself, that would be worthless for this chore. However, you can buy separate plastic ends for it, which have rubber gaskets already installed. And on the ones I bought, the main section already has risers molded into the bottom portion: so the items you’re dunking don’t have to be raised up by tossing in the small metal parts, first; or some other sort of “artificial” riser.

    It’s meant to be a “cut to whatever length you want” type of system, already; and it’s made to be fluid-tight. And EvapoRust isn’t made to attack plastic or rubber: just the unique chemistry of rust itself.

    Shape-wise, it’s not wasting much of any space: which if it did, would force a person to go buy oodles of extra EvapoRust product — that is, it’s pretty much the same basic shape as the plane itself, with just enough space around it, in all directions, to soak long/skinny parts like the bottom (sole) casting for that Bailey 5 1/2 I’m soaking now.

    Type “genova gutter” into Amazon, and you will get an idea of the raw parts I’m talking about. (But ignore their prices.) At my local hardware store, a long (10′?) section of the main plastic extrusion and two end caps, with gaskets, cost me pennies over $20 USD.

    So far, I consider it pretty ideal — but would be curious to see what others think, after they picked some up and gave this trick a try.

  7. de-rusting solutions are often just citric acid. Have a look at The Post Apocalyptic Inventor’s youtube channel for his rust treatment experiments. Citric acid is bought as a powder very cheaply.

  8. I really like your clock Jay! I’ve always been in two minds about live edge or “non-smooth” woodwork, it just never really appealed to me before. Your clock has something about it though – I reckon it looks great. In fact, after watching you, April and Nick make your clocks, I went out to my own (weekends only) workshop to see what wood I had that would make a decent clock. So I’ll make that one day, after I finish my long running chess board project. Great videos too, easy to follow and some really good project ideas. Keep up the good work… guys (and girls) like you make a difference in the world! Cheers

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