Doucette & Wolfe Practical techniques Youtube

Doucette & Wolfe on Youtube

If, like myself, you’re into cabinet making, then you’re probably already aware of the wonderful Youtube videos from the cabinet makers Doucette & Wolfe.
These guys are in a class of their own. I mean, it’s not even funny. The precision with which they build is a real inspiration. You can tell they really enjoy it!
Check out their videos (there are a lot of great ones, but click on the ones that mention ‘build’ in the title, as some videos only show the final piece).

A while ago I put up a post about using sash planes and got a lot of people mailing me about it. I think there’s a real interest in traditional window and door making at the moment, as is clearly evident by LAP’s latest re-print.
On a recent D&W video I watched, there’s a great bit 9:50 in, where the guy pushes together two glazing bars he’s made, with hand cut 4-way half lap mitres on. It’s a real nerdy treat and maybe sums up why we love the idea of crafting doors or windows in or on our houses.
I hope these guys never stop posting these videos. I’d love to drop by for real one day.

Block planes Lie Nielsen Stanley

Stanley 140 Rabbet & Block Plane

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Stanley 140 Rabbet & Block Plane

I’ve just finished cleaning up this Stanley 140 and tried it out. The 140 is a versatile plane which can be used as a normal block plane (with the removable side plate fixed on) and as a rabbet plane with the side plate taken off. The side plate is removed by loosening the screw at either end which releases it’s purchase on the pins on the plate.(These aren’t the original screws, they should have flat heads).
The design of the plane means the front portion has very little support once the side plate is off, however, and the planes benefit sometimes from being trued through ‘lapping’. In the worst cases, putting the plane through it’s paces in ‘rabbet-mode’ through tough grain, can lead to a fracture on the weak point.
The plane has a 20 degree skew iron which has a slight skew on it’s bevel, so it approaches tricky grain at a useful compound angle.
All in all, a very nice little plane showing some really original features and with a design that was so good, it’s been copied by Lie Nielsen, (like most of the Stanley planes) and improved with heavier grade materials.


Inside Henry Disston & Sons

Disston Saw Works
Over on Critical Past they have a wonderful collection of footage showing the men of Henry Disston & Sons making their famous saws. Check it out. Not often you can find such videos. Tip ‘o the hat to Gary at Toolemera for the link.