“Milkman’s” workbench pre-orders now open

We are starting another run of the milkman’s workbench with anticipated delivery late 2018 or early 2019. The benches come complete with vice screws, garter, two wooden dogs, mounting brackets, and jaw liner. Additional information about them can be found here. Total bench cost is $495 plus shipping. To reserve a bench, simply purchase the $100 down payment from the store.  Shipping will be added at this time also, making it easier upon completion for us to finalize the orders by sending an invoice for the remaining balance of $395.

Turned Pens by Marilyn Schwank

My daughter Marilyn had become quite interested in making turned pens in her spare time.  She has developed a good system for making them and is looking to market them, so I have decided to help her with that by offering them here on this web site.  Nearly all proceeds go to her; I only keep a token amount to cover fees incurred.

All pens use a standard Cross style refill that is easily replaceable.  The mechanism works by twisting the pen to extend the writing tip. The wood is finished with CA glue, which provides a very hard durable coating that stands up well to the extensive handling these pens get. Wood species vary a good bit, and are both domestic and exotic varieties.  (It’s a good way to use up some of my offcuts.) We are starting with three; purpleheart, persimmon, and Osage orange.  More will be coming soon, including black cherry and apple.  All are priced at $23 and are packed in a clear plastic tube. Available for purchase here.

From front: purpleheart, Osage orange, persimmon, and black cherry.

Osage orange will darken from a bright yellow to a honey color, as seen here.

 

Persimmon with satin gold hardware.

 

Purpleheart with chrome hardware.

In stock tools

With our product line growing, we wanted to give a rundown of our current inventory of tools available for immediate purchase.  Here is a partial listing of in stock merchandise.

Planes.

  • Currently we have a full selection of side bead planes in sizes 3/8″, 1/4″, 3/16″, and 1/8″.  These planes are one of the most common as a bead can be used in so many applications.
  • We also have the cock bead plane, which is more specialized  in its use.  See the link for more details, along with a video showing how they are used.  3/16″ and 1/8″ available.
  • Match planes are used for tongue and groove joints, and are sold in pairs.  Currently we have the 1/2″ size in stock.
  • We still have a few spill planes, along with the plan kit to build your own.

Winding sticks, available in 14″ and 22″ lengths.

Bench hooks, right and left handed.

Plane Hammer, by Sterling Tool Works.

Acer Ferrous Products.

Plane Making.

  •  Quarter sawn beech billets in a variety of sizes, including wedge and, if applicable, tote stock.
  • Tapered irons, with and without cap iron slots.
  • Cap irons, which fit our tapered irons, for double iron planes.

Rabbet planes are coming soon, and orders will soon be accepted for the Milkman’s Workbench.  Sign up for our newsletter to get notified of any new tool releases!

From left: Cock bead planes, 3/16″ & 1/8″, and side bead planes, 3/8″, 1/4″, 3/16″, & 1/8″.

 

Match Planes, 1/2″

 

Winding Sticks, 14″ & 22″

 

Acer-Ferrous Products, from front left: Milkman screws, Moxon kit, Leg vice screw, and stool kit.

 

Limited Run Leg Vice Screws

We currently have a limited number of Acer-Ferrous leg vice screws with black cherry and mahogany hubs.  Also, the tiger maple hub screws have been restocked.  All hubs are made from a single piece of wood and feature the same maple screw and nut as all other Acer-Ferrous screws.  It is doubtful there will be a repeat with the mahogany hubs, as these are genuine mahogany and this stock is not readily available in this thickness.  More information about the leg vice screws can be found here.   See them in our store here.

From left: Black cherry, Mahogany, Tiger maple

Black cherry hub

Mahogany hub

Tiger maple hub.

Gift Certificates now Available!

We are pleased to now offer gift certificates for any of the products in our store!  These digital gift certificates are purchased directly from our home page, or below in this post, and can be made out for any amount of $25 or greater.  Customers are able to email the gifted certificate directly to the recipient or to themselves, and can select a specific date/time for delivery, such as a birthday or holiday.  It can also be printed if so desired, and given in a traditional way.  Redeeming the cards is a simple matter of entering the code into the coupon code box when viewing the shopping bag.  It’s a great way to send or receive a gift from Red Rose Reproductions, and gives the recipient the choice of tools to purchase.  The gift certificates are redeemable on all products we carry, including the Acer-Ferrous line of wooden screws.

 

 

 

Spill Planes again in stock

We have completed another run of spill planes and they are again available in our store.  This batch has several wood species including tiger maple, strongly spalted maple, light spalted maple, European beech, and black cherry.  All planes are sharp and ready to use right out of the box, and have been test cut with the spills included.  These are priced at $135 for the beech, cherry, and maple, and $145 for the figured and strongly spalted maple planes.   To learn more about the spill plane, and what it was used for, see this post.

We also sell a plan kit for those wanting to make their own plane.  Everything is included except the wood billet.  Check it out here.

Spill planes, from left: Tiger maple, maple, spalted maple, European beech, and black cherry.

One pair of 3/8″ match planes available

We currently have one pair of 3/8″ match planes back in stock, along with several of the 1/2″ size.  These planes are used in pairs to create the tongue and groove joint, and the small sizes are well suited to furniture elements.  One plane cuts the tongue, and the other the groove.  More information can be found here.

Side bead planes back in stock

Another batch of side bead planes is now available in the store for immediate delivery.  Sizes include 1/8″, 3/16″, 1/4″, and 3/8″.  These planes came from several boards of exceptional quality beech, all dead quarter sawn and displaying prominent medullary rays. The tree was a large diameter making the grain quite straight, and in most planes, showing the quartered grain on both sides.  Planes are bedded at 55 degrees and are boxed with persimmon.  More information about side beads can be found here.

From left: 3/8″, 1/4″ 3/16″. 

3/8″ bead plane with sample cut.

 

Hollow and Rounds in stock

Currently we have several pairs of hollow and rounds in our store.  These are tuned and ready to go out of the box.  All are beech and bedded at 55 degrees.  Sizes available as of this post are #4 and #8.  This corresponds to radius sizes of 1/4″ and 1/2″. (The number of the plane is its radius in sixteenths of an inch.)  More information about our hollow and rounds can be found here.   Planes available for immediate purchase can be found in our store.

Of course, we can make any size for order too, in left or right hand, and bedded at 55 or 50 degrees..  Please contact us if interested.  Lead time is typically several months.

#8 hollow and round

#4 hollow and round

 

Match Planes (tongue and groove)

Match planes, or tongue and groove planes, are made in pairs with one plane cutting the groove and the other the tongue for making the tongue and groove joint.  Both planes are fenced and the work pieces, when referenced from the same stock face, will line up flush when when put together.  The tongue plane is a standard side escapement plane and employs an iron with a slot in it the width of the finished tongue. The groove plane however is actually a type of fixed plow plane with a metal keel.  Because of the narrow profile this is necessary for strength, as wood simply would not have enough strength or ability to hold up under normal use.  The iron is located on the leading edge of the rear skate by means of a V groove cut into the back of the iron, and fits into the corresponding inverted V on the skate.  It is adjusted the same as any side escapement plane except for the fact the iron is not pressed against the blind side of the mortise, but rather located by the groove.

The match planes shown here are designed to cut the joint in the center of stock that is sized for the plane.    Both sizes of planes have the ability to be used on stock up to 1/8″ thicker than advertised size, but of course the tongue will then be offset, which generally is not an issue as long as care is taken to reference off the same face of each work piece.The groove is about .005″ wider than the tongue, allowing the boards to go together easily but without slop.  An offset tongue is actually beneficial if profiling the front faces of the boards with a bead or chamfer, as there is more stock between the face and the groove.  We are offering both 3/8″ and 1/2″ sizes to begin with. The 3/8″ size will work on stock up to 1/2″ thick, and has a groove width of 1/8″ thick.  1/2″ size will work on stock up to 5/8″ thick, and will have a groove width of 5/32″.

The planes will cut a groove 3/8″ deep and a tongue that is 1/4″ tall.  This ensures stock will butt together on the show faces, and also gives room for glue squeeze out when gluing boards together.  These small sizes are ideal for case backs when expansion needs to be accommodated. Simply nail in place and the tongue and groove joints allow for expansion and contraction while holding the boards in alignment.

Both planes are quarter sawn beech with tapered O-1 tool steel blades bedded at 50 degrees for heavier cutting.  Price for the pair is $495. They can be found in the store here.

Match planes

Planes with sample

1/2″ and 3/8″ sizes available.

 

Groove plane.  (small block is to hold the plane upright.)

Groove plane.

Groove plane.

Tongue plane.

Sample joint using 3/8″ stock.