Say hello to my little friend

Here’s my new smoother…

It’s a 1930’s Stanley type 16. I pick it up from an online vintage tool dealer. I keep them secret so you don’t get the good stuff before me…sorry.

It was a little rusty and dirty when I got it. I spent a night cleaning it and another night sharpening the blade. I didn’t flatten the sole…I think that’s over-rated.

I love this thing.

– JR

Here it is: the first pic is how it arrived; the rest are post clean; the shaving is hard maple






Plate rack joinery begins

On with the joinery…

After planing the hard maple , and gaining a couple of inches on my biceps in the process, I did some grooving.

Oh, BTW, there’s a trick to planing hard maple…eat your Wheaties!

Anyways….the grooves to accept the back ends are made with the plow. I set it up with a 1/4″ blade and set the fence in 1/2″ to receive the offset tongue on the back. It’s fairly straight forward…used the plow before…such a great tool.




Next I dovetailed the four corners of the carcase. I decided to make them half blind dovetails. I wanted to have the sides clear of end grain because I think this project will be painted. I also have never cut half blinds before, and I am always looking to improve/learn some skills.

I am more than happy with the results. There is only one of the joints I might consider too loose. If after glue-up I still don’t like it, I think I might add some wedges.



Here’s how it looks so far…just a lonely carcase. Next up: I have to add some grooves for the plates, and cut a dado for the shelf.


– JR