Saturday, April 21, 2007

Two Parcels....


No, not "two Jags", our beloved (stop laughing at the back!) Deputy PM but two parcels. Delivered, sort of , to Philly Towers.
I use the term "delivered" but really I had to drive to two separate depots to collect these. It's great, the postal service...... ;)
Parcel number one. Some tool steel. Remember that?? Yes, I called Tilgear on Thursday to enquire about my missing tool steel. Seems they forgot to process my order........Not a happy bunny!!! And this is the thanks for recommending them in a national magazine as a supplier.
So I now recommend you DON'T use Tilgear (now known as Nilgear) for tool steel. Try Cromwell or J+L instead, who BOTH have an amazing new interface known as a website. Rant over.......

Parcel number two. After paying Parcel Farce to release my package (from the US so I had to pay duty PLUS £8 to for "handling". I thought the postage was paid on the parcel when it was sent to me - why the hell do we have to pay this??? Especially as I had to drive two miles to collect it myself!!!!???)
I managed to calm down upon opening the parcel as it was from James Krenov. Now I know some folks are not fans of Mr K but I happen to hold him in great esteem. I could never afford a cabinet of his (they go some serious money!) and as his eyesight is failing (he is in his late eighties) he has stopped making cabinets. He is still making the odd hand plane so I emailed his and asked to be put on the waiting list. And here it is......
My first impressions were "mixed" - elated at receiving the plane, disappointed at the rough piece of wood in my hand. But upon getting it in the workshop and using it I quickly realised that the appearance was misleading. The plane performs much better than it looks and it is very comfortable to use. The body is shaped very cleverly - it is asymmetrical and suits a right handed grip perfectly. You can also hold it in many different ways. I am learning a lot from this plane!
Anyway - the weekend is here. I need to make some irons, pronto!
Enjoy the sunshine,
Philly

6 comments:

Nick W said...

J+L? Do you have a link? Strangley enough if you Google for "o1 steel cromwell" UKW comes up as the first link. :-D

Philly said...

Hi Nick
Here you go...
http://www.jlindustrial.com/
Worth ordering a catalog from these folk - they have a HUGE amount of stock :)
Cheers
Phil

Anonymous said...

You should post a pic by pic account of creating an iron. I would love to see what goes into creating one.

great blog BTW.

-ben

Nick W said...

Thanks Phil.

rookster said...

Is the Krenov plane as much fun to use as it looks? Nice looking plane, but a plane looks good because it makes shavings, right?

Mike said...

Hi there. I know this is an older post but I just stumbled across your blog via Sauer and Steiner. I have a Krenov smoother as well and although it looks a bit rough it works beautifully. If you follow the link to my blog you can see a photo of mine in a post about making an ironwood spokeshave. I'll also post some pics of mine alongside my friend Tommy's Krenov smoother. There's a link to his excellent blog there as well.

Take care

Mike