Fun with new jointer planer

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JohnnyEgo, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. JohnnyEgo

    JohnnyEgo Well-Known Member

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    May 17, 2017
    I spent all my disposable income for the next year on a very fancy Hammer A3-41 jointer-planer in December. Wanted to take on a small project with it to get more comfortable, and also because it is cold and I didn't want to have to do anything that would involve opening my garage door for any length of time. So a few hours over a few evenings, and I made these:

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    Started with some hard maple, some off-cuts of Padauk I had in the scrap bin, and a rough walnut plank:
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    Couple trips through the jointer-planer later:
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    A whole lot of parts cut out of stock that was resawn and then planed to dimension:
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    A whole lot of clamps and glue:
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    And a little Danish Oil:
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    And I have some mag stands:
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    I will be giving three of them as gifts to friends who also love the 1911. I really enjoyed doing this project, but it made me believe both MagSlab and Zoid grossly undercharge. I probably have $80 in wood chips and sawdust in my dust collection bin.
     
  2. Ethank

    Ethank Well-Known Member

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    Mar 8, 2017
    Those are awesome. Very nice.
     

  3. Gripwright

    Gripwright Well-Known Member

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    Feb 8, 2016
    Great work! I really like the contrast.
     
  4. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    Those look great! Nice work.
     
  5. Stromburg

    Stromburg Well-Known Member

    Nov 6, 2015
    That’s a heck of a nice piece of equipment. I had no idea they made a jointer planer combo, I just watched a video on your exact model........very impressive.
     
  6. JohnnyEgo

    JohnnyEgo Well-Known Member

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    May 17, 2017
    It is the single most expensive tool I own, and like that first high-end 1911, it takes a while to get over the nerve to spend the coin, but thereafter it changes your views on both the tool and the costs. I'm already contemplating whether or not my eight year old is smart enough to get a scholarship so I can buy their N4400 bandsaw.

    Appreciate the compliments, everyone. I've said this before, but it bears repeating: this site in particular, full of high end 1911s with gorgeous grips, opened up my appreciation for contrast and character to a new level beyond what 20+ years of hobby woodworking had given me. I really had no appreciation for ink-line spalting, and I usually looked at the contrast between sapwood and heartwood as a thing to be dealt with via dye and stain. You guys have really broadened my aesthetic palate.
     
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  7. BillKilgore

    BillKilgore Well-Known Member

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    Jan 23, 2015
    Beautiful work, Johnny.

    I also prefer Tung oil or Danish oil for fine wood. Below is a letter opener that I made with a few scraps of Koa and Desert Ironwood. I have really grown fond of this combination. I bet it would make a gorgeous 1911 rack.

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  8. Otherside

    Otherside Well-Known Member

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    Jan 26, 2019
    Gorgeous work, any plans of selling these in the future? Maybe the customer can pick his own wood,design and logo.
     
  9. JohnnyEgo

    JohnnyEgo Well-Known Member

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    May 17, 2017
    Thank you all so much for the compliments. That turned letter opener is beautiful.

    As to selling anything I make, there's not a snowball's chance in hell. I tried my hand at professional furniture and cabinetry in college, ran my business very poorly, and ended up being worked like a rented mule for well less than minimum wage. And while most of my clients were good people, a few of them made my life miserable with unreasonable expectations and uncompensated demands. So now I only build for love or friendship, and only on my terms.

    Hopefully I can get a few pictures in better light today before I box them up for the mail.
     
  10. nmbuzz

    nmbuzz Livin Large

    Apr 9, 2013
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    .. HELLO MY FRIEND!

    ps nice shop. very clean.
     
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  11. JohnnyEgo

    JohnnyEgo Well-Known Member

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    May 17, 2017
    Couple final pictures in marginally better lighting:

    Hard maple base and magazine with Padauk trim:
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    Similar with breadboard walnut ends. This is the one I am keeping, not because it is my favorite combination, but because this is the best mortise and tenon job I've probably ever done.
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    My favorite color combination - Walnut base with Spalted Tamarind inlay. I am making a jewelry box for my wife in this combination, and I may try to make a couple small ammo boxes as well.
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    And all of them together before I split up the litter:
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  12. FWoo45

    FWoo45 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2017
    Truly beautiful work sir. I find wood too intimidating. My father and uncle are both finish carpenters. I didnt inherit the gift. I find steel much more forgiving. If I screw up I just weld and try again. My uncle says mistakes with wood are just opportunities to be creative. My father is the "just don't ef up" type. Thanks for sharing and if you need a new friend let me know. ;)
     
  13. WWB

    WWB Administrator Staff Member Admin Moderator Supporting Addict

    Apr 11, 2015
    Excellent work best looking stands I have seen to date...
     
  14. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    Beautiful woodwork!
    One of the things I miss most about leaving WA. & moving to AZ. is my wood shop & equipment.
    First we had to build the shop..
    Then move in the equipment...
    and then make the cabinets.... after that the fun began. ISp5hi6wpm6p4x0000000000.jpg HPIM0986.JPG View attachment 219943 HPIM1147.JPG HPIM1149.JPG HPIM1164.JPG
     
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  15. JohnnyEgo

    JohnnyEgo Well-Known Member

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    May 17, 2017
    Very nice shop! I am envious of the dedicated space. I share the garage with a wife and two kids, so everything has to be mobile and anything with a flat surface has to be protected from impromptu use as a drink stand.
     
  16. razorbacker

    razorbacker Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Dec 2, 2011
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  17. TheCollector

    TheCollector Well-Known Member

    Aug 25, 2018
    Yeah..... it didn't look that clean when I sold the place. :grin::grin:
     
  18. razorbacker

    razorbacker Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Dec 2, 2011
    I only sweep and clean mine when I can no longer walk but have to skate from machine to machine. This is as clean as mine ever gets.;)
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  19. tac45

    tac45 What me worry ? Supporting Addict

    Mar 4, 2012
    I’ve got a little challenge for you Johnny. :eek1:

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  20. razorbacker

    razorbacker Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Dec 2, 2011
    Some amazing patience and skill in woodworking there. I see some wood crafted projects like that 1911, toy trucks, heavy equipment and such that are just outstanding in details.
     
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