Sunday, August 12, 2007

Forging Ahead.....


HI Folks

Got a few exciting things for you!

First up, the "Philly-Forge". I've been quite happy using a Mapp gas gun to heat treat my irons and it works pretty well - as long as you are using 1/8th thick steel. For my mitre plane I've been using 6mm thick steel and the Mapp gun just can't put out enough heat. So I've trawled through my reference books and the Internet and come up with this. It consists of a wok, a piece of pipe and a hairdryer (I got permission from TPTB to use her hairdryer!!). With charcoal as the fuel it works amazingly well, easily putting out enough heat for my purposes. And all for less than £5, including fuel!

Secondly, I have just sent this little beauty on its way to its new owner. A dovetail plane in Santos Rosewood. It was a lot of work but worth it for the smell of the rosewood alone :)

And finally, big announcement!

As regular visitors will know, I've been making a LOT of planes over the past months. And a lot of folks have asked about buying them. So I have launched "Philly Planes" and you can now order a custom plane of your own. Wish me luck!

Cheers

Philly

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hope that all goes well - great idea on the forge - thats a great idea!

Adam

Anonymous said...

Good luck with the new venture - and the forge is superb!

Adam

Anonymous said...

Doh! Two messages.... thought the first one got lost...

Anonymous said...

Good Luck with the planes.
Mike

Anonymous said...

Is it worth putting some guide prices on the site ?
Mike (again)

amish said...

hey phil! sweet lookin' forge but i have to ask you, the obvious reason id want to make my own plane iron is to save money AND gain another ability. is it in fact cheaper to make your own irons/breakers? its something that has been tickling my fancy ever since you mentioned it.

-nick

Philly said...

Thanks Adam!
Mike - will do, thanks.
Nick - yes, much cheaper to make your own. Just be aware you are entering "The Metalwork Zone".......;)
Cheers
Philly

amish said...

you think you could let me in on how to make a iron huh huh huh? ;)

-nick

Philly said...

Nick
I'm putting together a little video as we speak!!
Stay tuned
Philly

Anonymous said...

Does HID know you've been getting your wok out in public again???

Dorje said...

Good luck on your venture selling planes - I think it's a good move! Do you have any photos of how the dovetail plane performed?

Michael said...

Phil,
I would like to get in touch with you (I'm Mike W's friend) Either you can get my email or visa-versa. You might be a little busier than usual. Good Luck

Michael Rogen

Philly said...

Dorje
There's some pictures here.......

http://www.traditionaltools.us/cms/index.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=299

Michael
Drop me a line at philATphillyplanesDOTcoDOTuk
Cheers
Phil

Dorje said...

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction! Appreciated!

Anonymous said...

Philly,
It's very awesome for you to have shared your knowledge on making home forges. I can't wait to make some chunky irons. What are you using to quench them - peanut oil?

Kevin

Philly said...

Kevin
I'm using vegetable oil at the moment. I'm told you can use pretty much any oil - old engine oil, etc.
Look forward to hearing how you get on
Cheers
Philly