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Offline Chris Wong

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A Great Alternate Use for Handplanes
« on: December 25, 2010, 11:38 AM »
Deciding what to get someone is the hard part; wrapping them up is usually easy… unless you’re trying to disguise a hockey stick.  But don’t overlook the creative opportunities available to you in the wrapping process.

I’ve done some pretty crazy wrapping jobs in the past – some just awesome, others tacky but definitely fun.  This year, I came up with the idea of using wooden ribbons and bows.  I started with a 4′ board of straight-grained poplar.  From this, I took a relatively coarse shaving from my low-angle jack with a 25-degree blade for the ribbons.  I found that the low cutting angle was best for cutting ribbons without excessive spiralling though they still did end up looping.  I was able to push the plane with one hand and receive the shaving with the other to keep them relatively straight.  I wrapped them around the packages concave side in and cut and taped the ends to the underside.

For the ribbons I used the same material but switched to a bench plane.  My #4 is usually set to take a really thin shaving for final smoothing, however, I wanted the bow to have a little more substance to it so I increased the depth.  To produce the tight, wavy shavings I needed for the bow I modified my grip.  My right hand pushed, but instead of holding the front knob with my left hand I cupped it over the mouth of the plane to restrict the escapement of the chips.  Trapped, they had no choice to fold over on themselves.  I found that skewing the plane at different angles also affected the shape of the shavings.

I took four passes for each bow and selected the three best shavings. Towards the end of each shaving it ended up zig-zagging back and forth.  I cut off this part with scissors.  Then, I gently tucked one end of each shaving under the ribbon and carefully twisted them together to make a homogenous bow.  A couple snips here and there with a pair of scissors cleaned up the bow.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and lots of time to spend with those whom you love!
« Last Edit: December 25, 2010, 12:24 PM by Flair Woodworks »

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Offline Sparktrician

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Re: A Great Alternate Use for Handplanes
« Reply #1 on: December 25, 2010, 11:50 AM »
What a creative idea!!!  Well done!!! 

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Offline Don T

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Re: A Great Alternate Use for Handplanes
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2010, 12:10 PM »
That is very cool.
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Offline lumbajac

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Re: A Great Alternate Use for Handplanes
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2010, 12:27 PM »
Now that is awesome... what a great personal "woodworkers" touch.

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Offline Brice Burrell

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Re: A Great Alternate Use for Handplanes
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2010, 12:59 PM »
Now that is super cool, great job! [thumbs up]
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