The Taradiddle Tribune – 4/29/14

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It was a slow day at the lodge yesterday. Slow as in lethargic codgers. Slow as in very little wood working activity. Even the famed doughnut disposal team suffered a lackluster performance and left their mission half accomplished. I anticipate that this spate of spring fever will be short-lived and the codgers will soon regain their eager demeanor.

The quantity of show and tell items was somewhat diminished as well. However, the quality of the items displayed was up to the codger’s usual high standards. Mike Tice brought a keepsake box with a scroll-sawn bow. John Smith had a nice oak and walnut segmented bowl and Mikey built a fine segmented birdhouse from cedar and walnut scraps.

Henry Aglio created another artistic metal sculpture and topped it with one of his signature bowls – a fine creation. Henry also provided a box top to jog my memory and help me recall the “p” word for the excellent Italian sweet treat.

Linda Williams sent along a tray of pineapple cake that was a fine accompaniment to the WV bean soup that Ron Thompson prepared for the lodge lunch. I added a loaf of sourdough. The codgers’ enthusiasm increased dramatically with this presentation.

It is time to make plans for the second annual Codger Lodge picnic. Currently there are two possible locations to consider. Ron Thompson volunteered to host the event at his house in Sherman (a suburb of Ravenswood). Ron and Lois have unlimited parking space and plenty of room for the codgers to roam. In addition, we may choose to gather at the lodge as last year. Parking is somewhat limited, however the rest of the facilities are suitable. We are in the early planning stage at this point and other options for a desirable location may develop. We will discuss the picnic issues and make plans as we meet on Turning Tuesdays and ease into summer. We need everyone’s input.

I received an update on the Empty Bowls project and the codger’s participation. Henry delivered a note that Caroline Putnam sent to thank us for our contribution to the food pantry charity event that she chairs.

Dear Codger Lodge,

Thank you for your contribution of wonderful “cracker bowls” to the 2014 Empty Bowls Event. Because of your contribution we made $3,445. dollars this year, almost one thousand more that we have ever made before. A number of people said that they came because of the wooden bowls, since they already had a collection of ceramic bowls.
Cynthia Ting and I enjoyed our visit to your workshop and meeting many of you. Although not wood workers, we can appreciate the artistry that goes into the creation of your bowls and the time it takes to create such beautiful objects.
Caroline Putnam

Our condolences are extend to Fred Williams and his family. His father’s health has be deteriorating since last fall and on Saturday, he succumbed to his illnesses.

It was an enjoyable Turning Tuesday at the lodge. We plan to do it all again next week. Come on down.
Mourn the dragons.picset5
Could this be evidence of another shoe bomber? Do to Jimmy’s gentle nature and the fact that loud noises give him a headache; it appears that he is employing only a small quantity of explosives. Jimmy would never destroy a commercial airliner and take the lives of its passengers. His suicide bombing would be limited to blowing up an elevator while he was the lone occupant.

The Taradiddle Tribune – 4/22/14

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Yesterday, amidst the normal hubbub of Turning Tuesday, Wayne Towner, a reporter for the local newspaper, gathered relevant information and gained an insight into the quintessence of Codger Lodge. He saw the coders in action. picset1

He talked with the codgers, picset2

He followed John Wolf’s demonstration of the process for turning perfect spheres on the lathe and saw Gene Smith mimic John’s technique, picset3

He followed as a normal Turning Tuesday unfolded, picset4

Wayne’s assignment is to gather material and write a community interest story featuring Codger Lodge. His story will appear in a future issue of the Sunday edition of the Parkersburg News.picset5
We enjoyed the company of a new friend at the lodge. Fred Myers has been teaching Terri Johnson carving skills to augment her other woodworking interests. She came with Fred to use the large drum sander and level a cutting board that she is building for her parents’ wedding anniversary. picset6

There was an array of nice show and tell items this week. Bob McKelvey had a staved lidded box with an ebony finial. Linda Williams sent Fred with a platter of tasty lime cookies. Jim Withee displayed three nice pens – two acrylic and one turned from xylo wood,picset7

Ron Thompson brought an assortment of bowls and platters with both solid wood and segmented construction. Ron chose oak, cherry, maple, and walnut for these pieces, picset8

Walt Tuttle had a shallow walnut bowl. His bowl is well turned and features an excellent satin finish. Tom Vensel brought a unique drawer pull of oak and walnut with a .38 spl. brass accent. Suzy made an excellent cherry cheesecake and Mikey delivered it intact – no piece missing, picset9

John Wolf created a unique piece to entertain and occupy his grand children. The internal lip at the top of the bowl prevents the ball from escaping as the bowl is swirled around – hoola hoop fashion. After setting the ball in motion, the bowl is held steady while the ball precesses as it slows, similar to the ball in a roulette wheel. John’s bowl is effective for codgers as well. picset10

Jim Morrison displayed a walnut and two apple burl bowls. picset15Henry Aglio had another of his artistic pieces featuring a metal sculpture base supporting a wooden torus top turning.

picset11Henry also supplied this confection. It is bread containing raisins and other fruit with fantabulous flavor and not too sweet. Henry supplied same loaf at Christmas time and told me the name of this creation many times. I remember that it starts with a P.

It was a most enjoyable day at Codger Lodge shared with many friends. It is good to have Carl back with us. We plan to do it all again next week. Come on down and join us for Turning Tuesday.


Mourn the dragons.

picset12picset13Everyone is aware that police officers and retired physicians have the best drugs. I was making a sweet deal when David showed up and inflated the price.


The Taradiddle Tribune – 4/15/14

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Turning Tuesday at Codger Lodge this week was a “sit by the fire and read a good book” kind of a day.  We endured the interruption of our journey into spring by ignoring the spate of nasty weather and enjoying the warm and relaxing ambiance of the lodge.picset1

The whole codger experience was enhanced with two boxes of doughnuts and two pots of coffee.  This week the show and tell items were distinguished by the variety of woods used in their construction.  Jimmy Morrison displayed three bowls turned from ambrosia maple, elm, and holly.  Mikey had a small presentation box with a sliding lid. Mikey used western cedar and walnut for the box.  The stylus that he turned for Suzy is Bubinga, I think.

Mikey finished the spalted maple bowl that he started last week and Walt Tuttle had a very nice salad bowl that he turned from butternut. Henry Aglio brought his unusual flea market purchase. The plane was manufactured by the Chaplin tool company. It is similar to a Stanley bailey #6 with a wood handle and a plastic or hard rubber tote. The plane’s frog design is a unique two lever system. The top lever is the typical lateral adjustment while the bottom lever sets the iron extension or depth of cut. This plane certainly inspires codger cogitation.

We plan to do it all again next week. Come on down and join us to see what is turning on Tuesday at Codger Lodge.


Mourn the dragons.
I subscribe to Norm’s hypothesis that “you can’t have too many clamps”. However, in a concerted effort, Gene and Ron demonstrated that some projects can’t use all of them on one glue-up.


The Taradiddle Tribune – 4/8/2014

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It was a typical Turning Tuesday yesterday at Codger Lodge. There were doughnuts to dispose of, stories to relate, and projects to plan.pic-set1
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This week we had fine examples of completed projects. Mike Sharps brought his latest segmented urn. Jimmy Morrison had a holly bowl and a natural-edge maple burl creation.
John Smith finished his well-executed laminated fruit bowl, John Wolf turned a flawless lidded box, and Walt Tuttle displayed his fine segmented bowl.

I finished an Adirondack chaise project for the June/July Issue #59 of Woodcraft Magazine.
The ever-helpful codgers took care of the field testing.  I doubt that Tom Sawyer’s methods will entice the codgers to participate in the painting of the chair.

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The Empty Bowls project was a success. Frank has a follow-up story on the charity event that benefits local food pantries and the codgers’ participation. Frank’s Woodworking Adventures Blog keeps us up to date on woodworking related events and Woodcraft’s involvement, as well as the events at Codger Lodge.

This week after the codgers had called it a day, Mikey and I visited with the Cub Scouts of Pack 129. The cubs have a program similar to the merit badge curriculum of the older boys in Scouting. The cubs earn “belt loops” while learning to be good citizens in the community. Mikey gave the boys insight into the challenges of being handicapped and how he deals with those challenges. The boys had many questions for Mikey and gained a new perspective on how to interact with and assist folks who are wheelchair bound.  The little guy on the left, Shaun, is my grandson. (I had to mention that to maintain my good standing in the Grandpa club.)

The codgers of the lodge, without exception, are generous and enthusiastic when it comes to helping others. I feel privileged to associate with them.

We plan to do it all again next week. Come on down and join us on Turning Tuesday at Codger Lodge.

Mourn the dragons.


I suspect that Jimmy and Henry patronize the same milliner.


The Taradiddle Tribune – 4/2/2014

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We do not have quarters for muster to convey the “plan of the day” at Codger Lodge nor a First Sargent to dispense duty assignments and motivational words. Through experience, we codgers have developed a level of situational awareness that prepares us to ascertain what is required and to establish our priorities without supervision. We are capable and self-motivated.
This week at the lodge there were two boxes of doughnuts, a large tray of cookies, a bag of biscotti, a pecan pie, and Girl Scout cookies in reserve. Without hesitation or encouragement, the codgers established a plan to dispose of these sweets and set the highest priority for that task.pic set 1After a furious beginning, the battle subsided, allowing the codgers to regroup, regain their momentum, and continue the cookie campaign at a leisurely pace.pic set 2Refreshed and ready, the codgers planed their Turning Tuesday activities and executed their plans.pic set 3pic set 4_5 The show and tell items reflected the talents of the codgers and codgerettes. Walt Tuttle had a nice segmented bowl and Mike Sharps displayed two of his laminated pieces,pic set 6 Joanie Smith sent one of her excellent pecan pies and Jimmy Morrison brought a segmented piece and a large ambrosia salad bowl for our enjoyment, pic set 7 Gene Smith turned two nice bowls from laminated blanks and Linda Williams baked up a tray of fine peanut butter cookies. The cookies are from one of Linda’s “go to” recipes and they are good,pic set 8

pic set 9This is not another metal sculpture idea from Henry Aglio’s fertile mind taking shape; but rather a random arrangement of Jimmy Morrison’s bowl turning tool rests. While the flowing curves are somewhat reminiscent of Henry’s style, his presentations are considerably more refined and creative.

??????????There are fifty-some bowls in our Empty Bowls collection and they are on their way to be delivered for the charity event. The soup lunch will be held on Saturday, April 5th in Marietta, OH. Frank reported the event in his Woodcraft blog. (Empty Bowls). Thanks to all the codgers who turned and donated bowls to this worthwhile cause.DSCN4287

We are planning another codger convention next Turning Tuesday at the lodge. Come on down and join us.


Mourn the dragons.
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Codger Lodge & The Taradiddle Tribune

DSCN4073aRecipe-BoxThis is written by a fine woodworking comrade, Bill Sands of Lubeck, West Virginia, who has taught us much in the patients and fortitude of woodworking. In his spare time Bill is also a master woodworker in his own right, and contributor to Woodcraft Magazine. He has done much for his surrounding communities, charities, and for many area woodworkers. He opens his doors, knowledge, heart and soul to all, along with a great sense of humor.  Above, Bill holds a Bubinga board from Woodcraft, that he helped this blogger through his patience and guidance of teaching safety in use of power and hand tools, to turn the board into this beautiful recipe box for my daughter.

We bring this preface to you followed by a weekly continuance article complete with photos from The Taradiddle Tribune written by Bill Sands.  The articles will contain jovial fellow woodworkers and camaraderie from the events that take place on Turning Tuesdays’ at Bill’s workshop, more commonly known as Codger Lodge.

by Author, Bill Sands:
Welcome to Codger Lodge. If you are inclined to associate with old folks who have a propensity for woodworking; this is a good place to spend some time. We codgers gather at a shop in Lubeck, WV each Tuesday to pursue our woodworking interests and related activities. Codger Lodge sports a renowned doughnut disposal team and we are diligent in maintaining our proficiency. Prevarication without malice is another common activity. Routinely, the codgers indulge in many forms of woodworking, with turning being the most prevalent discipline.
We codgers thrive on camaraderie and our group is bound by a bond of friendship. Our meetings are informal and governed by the Golden Rule rather than Robert’s Rules of Order. Everyone at Codger Lodge has a key to the executive restroom. Each of us is a CFO. Our treasury consists of two recycled plastic CD containers where voluntary contributions are made to the kitchen fund and the shop-supplies fund. We maintain a coffee pot and a refrigerator that is stocked with pop, water, and beer. When Turning Tuesday winds down and the power tools are unplugged, some of us enjoy a glass of beer while reflecting on the simple pleasures of the day shared with good friends at Codger Lodge.Turning Tuesdays' at Codger LodgeIt all began with Mikey, who suffered a fall that left him paralyzed from his chest down and drastically altered his active lifestyle. He is an electrician who enjoyed many outdoor activities before the accident. Mikey sees the glass as half-full and never half-empty. He dwells on things that he can accomplish and not his diminished physical abilities. After Mike recovered and adjusted his lifestyle to fit his circumstances, he disclosed a desire to learn basic woodworking skills.

??????????He and I began meeting in my workshop once or twice a week to ground him in the basic milling and wood joining techniques. He developed the skills quickly and we were progressing to more complex projects when, during one fateful session, Mikey asked about the mini-lathe in the shop. He expressed a desire to try woodturning. We mounted the lathe at his comfortable working level and I taught him everything that I know about turning.

New Picture??????????It became apparent that Mikey was destined to be a wood turner and needed more advanced instruction and advice than I could provide. We invited two accomplished turners, Jimmy and Tom, to join our Tuesday sessions in the shop.

Mikey finished his green wood poplar bowl

DSCN5146From that early beginning, the program rapidly expanded. Mikey’s turning skills increased and he acquired a more powerful lathe with a larger capacity to facilitate his progression toward larger bowls and segmented pieces. More woodworkers began showing up to share their knowledge and demonstrate their skills. Over a period of two years Turning Tuesday evolved into a social gathering as well as a woodworking skill share.

Currently, twelve to fifteen friends, on average, visit the shop on Tuesday. Realizing that most of us are fortunate to be retired and may be considered codgers, we began referring to the shop as Codger Lodge and our gathering as Turning Tuesday.

DSCN2719Mikey is an inspiration to us all. He accepts his paralysis without complaints and he is relentless in perusing his goals. He has surmounted all obstacles and become an accomplished turner in his own right. Mikey’s lathe is his passion and “Flat work” woodworking has gone by the wayside. The pattern routed hand-mirror project that we were working on before he was attracted to the mini-lathe is still stored in the shop, waiting to be completed.

The poet, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, never met Mikey; however, she must have known someone like him to inspire this work.

The Winds of Fate
One ship drives east and another drives west
With the selfsame winds that blow.
Tis the set of the sails
And not the gales
That tell them the way to go.

Like the winds of the sea are the ways of fate,
As we voyage along through life.
Tis the set of the soul
That decides its goal,
And not the calm or the strife.

Feel free to drop in anytime for a visit. We’ll keep you updated on the proceedings at Codger Lodge (, and you may make new friends of your own.Taradiddle Tribune Logo HeaderLook for a new chapter from the Taradiddle Tribune every week, here on Woodshop Demos.

How To Make A Square Bowl by Matthew (Dean) Wilson

Matthew D. Wilson is MDWoodart.  He has a moderate 2-car shop garage and creates furniture, boxes, chess boards, wooden jewelry, turning items, and vintage radio restoration, some with upcycles to MP3 Players. You can check out his woodworking world at


In this blog, Matthew shows us how to create a square wood bowl.  Pick your favorite wood in any choice of size, about 1″ thick or more, depending upon what you want your finished thickness to be.
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Begin smoothing one face of the board with a hand-plane or joiner, then smooth an edge as well.  Rip the board to choice width.
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Cross-Cut the board to make a perfect square, then mark the corner to corner punch the center.

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Mount the faceplate and blank to the lathe.  Create a recess and mount the chuck to the recess.

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Remove the faceplate, attach the chuck with blank to the lathe, and begin the turning process.  Matthew uses the Easy Wood Full Size Finisher to create the inside shape of the bowl.

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After completion of cutting the inside shape of the bowl, cut the underside shape and sand the entire bowl. Apply your finish of choice.  Woodcraft carries General Finishes Polyacrylic water-based top coats in flat, satin, semi-gloss and gloss applications.  another fine choice would be the Waterlox Finish products, also at Woodcraft.

Two finished square bowls that can be used as coasters, a jewelry tray, paper clip holders for your desk, or for whatever your imagination and design requirements may be.

Contact Matthew at MDWoodart and have him create something for you today!

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The Starr Hand Plane Irons 1846 – 1848

This is written by John Moody, woodworker and site admin for The Patriot Woodworker website.  Here, he takes a look at a wooden hand plane in their “Throw Back Thursday” event.
Here is John’s story:
In the past few weeks while helping to clean out an old building, I ran upon this old wooden plane which at the time was quite dusty and dirty. It was about to make it’s way to the burn pile when I ask if I might have it. Immediately I took it to the truck and saved it from the burn pile. All I knew at the time was this was just an old wooden plane, but looked good enough I thought I could put it on a shelf in my office for conversation.

While spraying some finish on a table this week and waiting for it to dry between coats I decided to take the old plane and clean it up and see if there were any markings on it. To my surprise as I removed the many layers of dirt and rust from the cutter, I noticed some lettering beginning to show. I started getting a little excited as it is then you can at least research your finding and see where it might have traveled from and to. The letters E.W.N. Starr & Co were all I could make out at first. Then there were a few letters on a second line and CAST on the bottom line.

That started me in my Google search to see what I could find out about E.W.N. Starr & Co.  According to a web site I found on Tool Makers of Middletown, Connecticut, The Starr company made Plane Irons only from 1846 – 1848. The company was started in Hartford by Nathan Starr, Sr. around 1787 who was a blacksmith by trade. In 1812 He moved to Middletown, Connecticut and operated a factory on Starr Mill. The company manufactured swords, pistols and eventually rifles for the U. S. Government and also made muskets. Nathan Sr. died in 1821 and his son carried on till 1845. During this period some 70,000 arms of varied kinds were made here. A number of commemorative swords for national heroes were also produced including one for Andrew Jackson. It was managed by three generations of the Starr family. Elihu William Nathan Starr was born 10 August 1812 and Died 14 June 1891.

Here is the logo from the Tool Makers of Middleton, Co. Site.

The Starr Manufacturing Building.
The Starr Co was located near another plane company, the Baldwin Tool Co.
In 1783 Enos Baldwin was born in Cavendish, VT and in 1807 He comes on the scene as a toolmaker in Albany, NY. He opened a shop at 90 Elizabeth Street in the heart of what is now Lower Manhattan. Enos trained both of his sons, Austin and Eldridge Gerry to work in the business learning the trade of tool making. Enos died at an early age of 45. E. Baldwin became A&E Baldwin in 1830 with the half brothers running the business. The two brothers built the business into an impressive operation. They are also likely responsible for training many of the other NYC makers know to be in the tool making business. The partnership lasted until 1841.

So after finding the name of the plane iron I got out some Murphy’s Oil Soap and a soft bristle brush to see if I could find a logo on the front of the wood plane. After a little scrubbing here is what I was able to see.

I could only make out New York on the bottom so I took several pictures and put them on a larger monitor so I could enlarge them and have good resolution. I was able to make out a BA at the top and IN near the New York, so I started looking for information on the Baldwins to see what kind of stamps they might have used on their planes.

They had several different ones but looking through them I found what I am pretty sure is the one that is located on the front of the plane I have. Here is another picture of my plane.

So with just a little more cleaning the BALDWIN and NEW YORK shows up but I couldn’t make out what was on the left side until I found this web site.

It was then apparent that the left side had A & E. What also become interesting is that E.W.N. Starr had stock in Baldwin Tool Company. Starr was supplying plane Irons to Baldwin.  So it looks very much like the plane I have is in fact an A.&E. Baldwin made in New York and a plane Iron made by E.W.N. Starr & Co. of Middletown, CT that would have been made between 1846 and 1848. My own conclusion is that this plane is definitely per Civil War and not really sure how it made it from the far North East to North Alabama. It would be nice if I could find the owner of it in this area. I plan on doing a little more research on who owned the building we were clearing and what connections they might have had. A link to Starr Iron blades and cost in 1847.The plane is 22″ long and has a few age cracks in it. The tote is solid and doesn’t have any breaks or cracks. The Iron looks to have been abused a bit with someone not knowing how to adjust the blade and beating on it with a hammer pretty hard to roll the edge like it is.  So this is my Throw Back Thursday Tool. Hope you enjoyed it and how you find a way to save all the old tools you run into. You just never know what story they have to tell. Don’t let them go to the burn pile.  Instead of just a piece on a shelf, now I have something I know some of the history about and the neat thing is it didn’t cost me a dime.

John Moody
The Patriot Woodworker Site Administrator
“Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful.” Shaker Saying

To learn more about The Patriot Woodworker, visit the website at www.The  There you will find many talented woodworking Veterans, and how they help their cause through The Wounded Warrior and Home for Our Troops initiatives.

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auf Wiedersehen!…Frank

NEW! WoodRiver DV2 Self-Centering Drilling Vise from Woodcraft

153220bWant to get into lathe turning to make pens, bottle stoppers, or other items?  Don’t have a drill press?  No worries!

Woodcraft has come up with a solution with a much lower price point than having to purchase a drill press.  The NEW WoodRiver DV2 Self-Centering Drilling Vise (item #158385) makes it easy and affordable, utilizing your corded or cordless hand drill.  Bore straight, accurate holes for everything from pen blanks to bottle stoppers.

The Vertical “V” slots in the vise’s jaws secure round or square blanks under the drilling guide, keeping them parallel and square for consistently accurate and repeatable drilling. Fully adjustable to accommodate pen blanks and bottle stopper blanks up to 1-1/2”. A sturdy angled steel base allows for comfortable use with a hand held drill. Just clamp a pen or bottle stopper blank in the vise, center under your guide, and drill away. Vise will remain centered on every subsequent pen blank and bottle stopper up to 1-1/2″ square (2-3/16″ diagonal).

The WoodRiver DV2 Self-Centering Drilling Vise includes a set of 4 Drilling Guides and Stop Collars for the most commonly used sizes (7mm, 10mm, 25/64″, and 27/64″). Other sized drilling guides and stop collars sold separately.

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With the development of the Whiteside “TruFit” Pen Maker’s Bits which are designed to fit the brass tubes of the pen kits, the use of these bits are NOT recommended. Please use any standard pen maker’s or brad point bits for the best fit with the guide collars.

Full details and other new products are provided for on this WoodRiver DV2 Vice by product development manager, Ben Bice.

No excuses, turn your creativity loose with this new vice fixture, and make something you’ll be proud to own or give away.

auf Wiedersehen!…Frank

Woodcraft Designs New Pinnacle Scrub Plane

From the tool archives of the past, Woodcraft brings back the all new Pinnacle Scrub Plane with easy to use features and added comfort.

DSCN1335aTraditionally, a scrub plane is used when you have to remove quite a bit of wood from the edge or surface of a board, yet not enough to rip with a saw, but still having a great deal to plane.  Its heavy, narrow, rounded cutter makes it possible to quickly and easily bring down the board to rough dimensions.  Use it to back out base boards, true up sub flooring, size large timber or clean gritty boards.  Made from 1896-1914, Woodcraft brings back this icon from an era long gone and produces it on American soil.

The concept for this project came from the 1920’s Stanley Scrub Plane.  Our product development group restored and polished up an old plane into functioning order.  Using it for some time, we learned the intricacies of the plane itself.  Then the question came, could this be manufactured and assembled in the United States?

DSCN2130Six months of research and finding companies willing to take on such a task, we found that we could bring this American icon back, and keep it in the USA at an affordable price offering of $169.99.  Plans were set in motion to start designing, tooling was created and the first prototype was delivered.  Testing proved that this plane should be able to ride over rough surfaces yet still remove wood.  The corners were rounded over to decrease tracking and the back was rounded to not catch on the return stroke.  The addition of the blade support worked out well providing another friction point to stabilize the blade when taking large bites of material.

planehandlesetAfter receiving many opinions as to the size and feel of the tote and knob, the handle designs were still an issue, so we sent it up to the “Handtool Coach” Rob Cosman to design both parts.  Rob drew his inspiration from years of use with other scrub planes and came out with a set of handles that will have a fit for almost any situation.  We chose walnut to keep with the American theme and drew on knowledge from a company that has been making handles for over 80 years.  Two coats of a mat finish really make the walnut grain come to life.

DSCN1330aThe tote height has changed from the original to accommodate a full hand grip since many use this plane one handed.  By doing so, we found the need to reduce the blade length to accommodate the increase of the tote height.  We found a company here in the States that has close to 50 years of experience to produce a new blade for the 40-1/2.  Made from high quality A2 steel and hardened to a Rockwell 60-62, the blade edge is hand ground with a secondary bevel and polished.  All other edges are softened for grip ease.

DSCN1409bFinally the plane cap was originally fitted with a ½” screw and knob but we decided to increase this to ease tightening by using a ¾” 304 stainless for years of service.  Other hardware includes machined rods for the handles and capped with a brass cap screw, all in ¼”-20 so that years from now when the owners grandchildren inherit the plane, these parts will be easy to fabricate.

Three sets of prototypes were made.  Thanks to the help of new 3D CAD technology capabilities, this helped to keep cost down.   We can honestly say this has been a labor of love for hand tools.  This has not always been easy but that comes with the territory!

DSCN1395aWoodworking Adventures visited the woodshop of Craig Bentzley in Pennsylvania to get the scoop on the new Pinnacle 40 1/2 Scrub Plane,


  • Optimized For Coarse Stock Removal
  • Traditional Design Enhanced For Modern Woodworking
  • Proudly Made In The USA
  • Ergonomically Designed For Better Comfort During Extended Use With A Longer Forward Leaning Rear Tote Made From Black Walnut
  • 3″ Radius Blade Is Made From A2 Steel & Hardened To 60-62 HRC
  • Flat Sole With Radius Edges To Allow The Plane To Glide Over Rough Surfaces & Minimalize Tracking
  • Larger Front Knob For Comfort And Control

This new Pinnacle Scrub Plane is now available at Woodcraft.

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Be sure to look for the full article with Craig on the new Woodcraft Pinnacle Scrub Plane in the Dec/Jan Issue of Woodcraft Magazine.

auf Wiedersehen!…Frank