View Full Version : learning something new

12-03-2010, 03:21 PM
Today, I decided to "open a new book" and learn something new. After reading through most of Wayne Cattanach's book, I called Charles H. Demarest and placed my first order for cane. Wish me luck!

12-03-2010, 09:45 PM
Good luck! :)

12-05-2010, 02:16 PM
Post things along the way if you will
Do you already have tools?

12-05-2010, 03:53 PM
Thanks guys. As far as the tools go Streamhound; other than a Record blockplane that I presently own, no. Planning on purchasing what I need as the different tools are required. I don't want to lay out too much before I get a chance to get my feet wet and test the water.

12-06-2010, 12:39 PM
:) You'll do fine!

12-07-2010, 09:33 AM
May I recommend http://www.rodbuildingforum.com for info in getting started? Go to the bamboo section; you will find a ton of info. Also, feel free to ask questions as the members are more than willing to help. There are a number of threads by people who are wanting to get started.

12-07-2010, 04:34 PM
Thanks John, I pulled out a Record 09 1/2 plane that has been in storage for 15 years. Plan on cleaning it up with either citric acid or WD40 and steel wool later today. Also plan on buying an additional blade from Hock. Thanks for the recommended link, I'll certainly bookmark and use it.

12-07-2010, 06:25 PM
When you get your plane out, you will want to true the sole or bottom of the plane. You can do this with sheets of wet/dry sandpaper and a sheet of glass or marble. You want the sole of the plane flat. I would specify how flat but flat is flat. Take a sheet of 150 or 220 grit paper and stick it to a piece of glass with spray adhesive. Pour some water on it and work the plan, without the iron/blade in, back and forth until you have scuffed the whole bottom of the plane. Once you have gotten through the 150, which will take the longest, change to next higher grit and repeat the process until you get to about 1200 grit. Some will say go to 2000. It is your choice and only one more sheet of paper. Basically the difference between high end and low end planes are the quality of the iron and how much work has been done to true them. The records and stanleys need the additional work as well as new irons.

Oh yeah, and stay away from WD-40 in your shop if at all possible. WD-40 contains silicone and any silicone contamination on your strips or blank will keep your varnish from adhering to the blank and cause many headaches when you are almost finished with your rod.

12-08-2010, 04:48 PM
Thanks Greg, looking forward to that mirror finish. Unfortunately WD was used yesterday. I'll give it a good soak in citric acid before working on the sole.