Lost Art Press (The Schwarz) answers questions on Reddit.com

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Lost Art Press on Reddit.com (image from the web page)

This happened Tuesday evening, at 6pm CDT: Christopher Schwarz of Lost Art Press opened the floor for questions with the following (green color and bold are by me, for emphasis), at Reddit.com:

Ask Me Anything, Chris Schwarz(self.woodworking)

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Here we go. I’ve been a woodworker since I was 11 — got serious about it in 1993. Was an editor for Popular Woodworking Magazine from 1996 to 2011. Now I run Lost Art Press, which publishes books on handwork, plus I teach, write and build furniture commissions.

Ask me anything.

I arrived late at this event. However, it appears that he is still replying to questions. You can participate if you are a member of Reddit. I was not, until this past Tuesday; I am learning how to use it.

The Reddit woodworking community (is that the proper name?) just surpassed 100,000 followers!

Enjoy!

— Al Navas

This artist finds his inspiration underground

Video Credit: CBS Sunday Morning

While most of us prefer to work above ground, artist Ra Paulette has been making his own caves by carving IN the sandstone hills in New Mexico.

I wish everyone Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays! May the New Year inspire you to make your own things, no matter the medium you choose.

Al Navas

Stanley A6 handplane performance after sharpening the iron (“blade”)

My brother-in-law gave me the (fairly rare) Stanley A6 aluminum handplane as a present recently. Although it needs a little work to improve appearance, I simply wanted to check how it would perform after sharpening the iron (“blade”).

I was interested in sharpening this hand plane right away, as the iron had nice camber to it; this was a signal that the previous owner used it to quickly flatten edges and faces on lumber. My guess is that the camber is about a 6- to 8-inch radius.

What do you think? I still must sharpen a bit more, using my scary sharp setup – five PSA sheets of sandpaper on a large and very flat 1/4-inch plate glass.

I *needed* a longer hand plane, as the Stanley 4-1/2 was the longest I had. This one will do a great job at jointing lumber I will be using for small boxes.

The A6 is technically a foreplane, which falls between the A7/A8 jointer planes, and the #3 and #4 smoothers, and the jack plane, or #5.

As time permits, I might clean up some of the surfaces on the iron, the cap iron, the frog, and the plane body itself. I will probably not replace the broken tote (“handle”).

– Al Navas