It's been a while since I was in the blogosphere. I have been working on a few projects in the workshop, but the cold weather has kept me away from my unheated workshop longer than I would like. My daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter also came to visit, so I spent my freetime with them (it was a real treat!).
I have started carving a bowl from a piece of wood from my mother-in-law's home. If it looks like it will turn into something nice, I'll post some photos.
I received a few tools as gifts from my daughter and son-in-law. They found a Shelton #14 jack plane. It is in very nice condition and works like a champ. They also bought me a hand brace. Both look to be mid-20th century pieces. I only had to put a few drops of oil on the brace to free up its action. I put a 3/4" wood bit in it and ripped right through a rough piece of wood.
Shelton #14 Jack Plane
I also got around to making a new frog for a wooden block plane my daughter and son-in-law gave me a few months ago. The old frog was broken on the end and would not hold the iron in tightly.
I ripped a piece of oak down to the correct width, then beveled one side on the table saw. I then traced out the upper curved part, and cut its bevel out on the band saw. The new frog holds the iron in nicely. Now I have to sharpen the iron (it will take a little work).
New Frog for Block Plane