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“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.

 

 

 

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.

Restock of Bench Hooks & Spill Planes

Bench hooks are back in stock with both right and left hand available.  Made of soft maple, bench hooks are used for small sawing or paring jobs at the bench with no need for clamps.  More information about bench hooks can be found here.  Purchase here for $50 a pair

Also, we now have a variety of spill planes with different species and figure.  Sill planes are a tool lovers favorite and can rapidly produce large quantities of tapered wood shavings called spills that were used in colonial days to transfer a flame from the hearth to a candle or pipe. Moe about these unique planes can be found here.  In the store for purchase here.  Price ranges from $135 to $145, depending on wood species.

Bench hooks, foreground, in both left and right hand, and spill planes in a variety of woods.

Right and left hand bench hooks.

Beech Billets again in stock

After a rather lengthy delay, we have been able to restock the large bench plane billets for making smooth, jack, and try planes.  This wood has been dried the same way as the previous beech, and the only difference id there is heart wood present on some billets.  This is only a cosmetic difference, with the sap wood being a much more brown in color.  The characteristics of the wood remain the same. Wedge stock comes with all sizes, and tote stock with the try and jack billets.  More information about these billets can be found here.  Tapered irons for making planes are also available and can be found here.

Beech is notoriously difficult to dry without waste, and this run was no exception.  These billets are limited in number, and restocking is unpredictable.  Our goal is still to produce a reasonably steady supply moving forward.

Try, jack, and smoother billets ready to go.

Billets are at or near quarter sawn.

 

Winding Sticks out of stock

Due to the recent blog post by Chris Schwarz on the Poplar Woodworking web site, there has been a surge in sales of winding sticks and current stock is depleted.  We will be making more, but it could be a couple of months before completion.  Signing up for our newsletter will allow anyone interested to know when they are again in stock as soon as it happens.  Thank you all for your support and patience.

 

Newsletter now available

As a means to inform customers of upcoming products and offers, we are now offering the Red Rose Reproductions Newsletter.  This newsletter will be an occasional occurrence, only issued when there is news about soon to be offered tools, and will not clutter your inbox with junk.  It is designed to give you, a valued subscriber, a first chance to reserve a copy of sometimes limited tools.  Sign up now to be one of the first to know what is coming!

Below is a screenshot of part of the first newsletter we published.