1. Finished my small そりだいかんあ (compass plane :) today \(^-^)/

    I put the big one (46 mm cutting edge :) next to it so you have somethings to compare it to :)

    This was a challenging project because you need a lot of patience to cut the insides of it :D
    In fact I screwed up once and had to redo the whole thing (^-^;)

    Making the grooves for the plane iron is really fiddly and time consuming :D
    I ended up cutting the fibers with a cutter knife and chiseling out the waste :)

    In fact my 1.5 mm chisel turned out to be too wide and I needed to add a piece of paper to the だい (body of the plane :)  to make the blade fit :)

    As with the big one I intend to use it to build a とりい (Torii/shrine gate :) with it :)
    So this one if for the scaled down prototype :)

    You can see my other small scale planes below :)
    They are really helpful for refining details (^-^)

    I use this くぎしめ (a kind of nail driver) to tap the iron as tapping them with a bigger hammer introduces the risk of accidentally damaging the だい (body of the plane :) 
    This particular one is intended to be used on the nails that are used to fix the sliding door and window handles to the doors and windows :)

    I didn’t do anything else in my workshop today :D
    I helped my father with his motorbike thou :)
    His battery died and getting it out of his motorbike is a laborious task (>_<;)
    You need two people to remove the battery D:
    I didn’t ride my motorbike today because I didn’t feel too well :D

    I wish everyone a great weekend/sunday (^-^)/

  2. I finished my そりだいかんあ (compass plane) today :)

    The sole was pretty badly worn and had deep grooves in the area around the mouth of the plane so I was thinking about making some inserts but the worn area was too big so I decided to cut out this part and to glue in a repair piece :)
    It is by no means the easiest or best way to do it but I don’t have that much oak and the rest of the だい (body of the plane) was okay so I decided to use this method :)

    Making a whole new だい (body of the plane) would have been much easier since the only parts you really needed to get right would have been the sole, the mouth and the bed for the iron :) This was you need to worry about matching the angles of the repair piece with he main part and the joint itself to the だい (body of the plane :)

    The blade was in a good shape but had some rust on it that I removed with a wire brush (^-^)
    It is a good blade made from carbon steel :)

    I set the mouth to a medium width so it is not the best smoother but it will leave a nice and shiny surface on softwoods (most woods I work with are softwoods :)

    I bought this plane for a very specific project which i cannot make any time soon (^-^;)
    I want to build a big とりい (Torii/shrine gate :) but building a full sized とりい takes some time and money and right now I only have so much time :D
    Maybe I can do it this winter :3

    Anyway I started repairing the little sister of this そりだいかんあ (compass plane) today :)

    It has a cutting edge that is about 12 mm wide :)
    The body had some damage because someone sawed into it (o_O)
    It wasn’t me ;) I like the stamped sign on it so I want to try to repair it in a similar way :)
    The blade had deep pitting but it is in a good shape now and cuts well :)
    I like the squash shaped signature on it :D

    A short note on the long term storage of blades (any kind that rusts :D I  like to use old newspapers and つばき (camellia oil :) to prevent rust.
    Basically I brush the 
    つばき (camellia oil :) on the blade/s wrap the newspaper around it once then apply more oil to the newspaper to soak it in oil and then wrap the rest of it around the blade to prevent the oil from damaging anything around it. As a last step I write the name of the plane on it using a red marker :)

    This way the blades won’t rust the  だい (body of the plane) can move freely and won’t crack and you can store them more easily :)
    I used old rags before I started using newspapers :)

    The plane in the last few photos is my first ひらかんあ (Japanese handplane :) ever :D
    It is holding up just fine :) I believe this type is not that popular but I can recommend it to anyone starting woodworking or who works on construction sites :)
    It uses changeable HSS blades which are reasonably sharp (HSS won’t get as sharp as carbon steel anyway ;) you can resharpen them but I would recommend you to get or build some kind of holder for the blades as it is difficult to hold them while sharpening :)
    HSS sharpens up very easily compared to carbon steel so I like to use this one for roughing out shapes :)

    A short list of tools for plane making:
    -a saw
    -a slim chisel (about 3 mm for the sides that hold the blades :)
    -a wide chisel (more than 18mm for the rest of the plane making :)
    -sandpaper (rough grit and one at least as fine as 400 grit :)
    -a flat surface that you can apply the sandpaper to to shape or true the sole of your plane (I used a granite windowsill :)
    -if you can afford them some plane makers floats are really handy but you can get by by making your own ones by applying sandpaper to one side of a flat piece of wood and use this instead (I recommend coarse sandpaper for this :)
    -a bevel gage
    -having another plane is helpful but not really necessary ;)
    -being in a good mood
    -some music you like (I listened to tool while doing this particular plane :)
    -patience (^-^)

    All in all making a plane is not that difficult (except if you want to make a cast iron plane yourself :D 

    I wish you a great weekend (^-^)/

  3. Random post :D
    I found a hedgehog in the garden :D
    It is super cute :3

    Out of curiosity I looked up the Japanese name and had to chuckle when I found out that it literally means needle mouse (ひらねゆみ :D
    In German it is Igel (pronounced like the eagle ;) and in french it is called an hérisson :)

    I kind of prefer the meaning of the Japanese word to the English because it is cuter and the English word is based on the sounds they make during sex (^-^;)
    They sound like little piggies/hogs that are in the hedges hence the word hedgehog :D

    This guy was really scared when I came closer and the closer I came the more he began to curl up into a ball :3

    I really wanted to get closer and pet it but he was scared and their needles can give you infections (plus I have a bad cut from broken glas on my hand :( so I stayed at a distance :D

    I guess he came for the slugs, worms and apples in the garden :)

    I will make another post later but I wish everyone a great day (^-^)/

  4. Todays lunch :)

    Sorry for all the food posts :D
    I’m currently busy in the garden :)
    There is a broken drainage pipe in the front yard that needs to be replaced and this means an excavator will dig up the whole front yard to replace the pipe and install a new drainage tank :)
    Since my parents have many nice plants they wanted to keep but no time to dig them out I did it but many have deep roots so it took me a while :D

    This are にくまきやき (Nikumakiyaki :) basically these are boiled carrots and beans wrapped with thinly cut pork :)
    The brownish less tasty looking thingy is  だいこんとバコニ (Raddish with bacon :)
    It goes really well with ごはん (Rice :) I wouldn’t like to eat it without rice as it has a really strong flavour :D
    The beige paste is ごまだまれ sauce which is made of sesame paste, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sake and scallions :)
    It has a mild flavour and goes well with boiled vegetables and meat (^-^)

    Yesterday I had the chance to try out the battery compartments water proofing :D
    One of the roads I wanted to take was closed and I had to take a long and slow detour (which offered nice views so I’m not mad about it :D but it soon began to rain really hard :D
    I had to ride almost an hour in this weather and got really soaked :D
    The battery stayed dry so everything worked out the way I planned (^-^)

    I will do some more work in the workshop soon :)

    I hope everyone had a great weekend and I wish everyone a great new week (^-^)/

  5. I had to clean the carburetors of my motorbike today because It didn’t run properly :)

    You can see the installed battery compartment as well :)
    It is a really tight fit and you need to remove the air filter in order to get it in or out but this way I was able to include the wiring terminals into the battery compartment (^-^)

    If you run an R50/2 regularly you should not encounter this problem but this semester was tough and I didn’t have too many chances to run it and this caused the petrol to gum up inside of the carburetors and clogged one of the nozzles (^-^;)

    On the third photo from above you can see one of the nozzles that were clogged :)
    I saw people clear them with a nozzle gauge…. don’t do that it screws up the nozzle and the gauge :D

    You can see one of the floats as well :)
    They are tiny works of art :D
    The brass is really thin and soldering them is very tricky :D
    I did repair one some time ago and had to resolder it  in the process (°_°;)
    I felt very happy once I was done :D 
    The Bing logo looks very nice too :)

    By the way mine still has the original carburetors :D
    Many owners of this model decided to install bigger carburetors to increase peak power but to be honest I don’t think I really need this extra power :)
    Most of the roads I ride on are limited to 100 km/h and I can go up to 140 km/h with this configuration :)
    The  acceleration is good too :D 

    One of the things I like about this motorbike is how the tank and front light look while riding it at night :3
    Lights from other light sources seem to flow over them like water :3

    It is a little dirty right now (>_<;)
    I have to keep it in the garage because there is some construction stuff going on at home and I don’t have running water at the garage (-_-)
    So all I can do right now is to wipe off the dirt from the motor and wait for the construction stuff to be finished :)
    I hope it will be done next week (^-^) I can clean my motorbike then and then I have to bring it back to the garage because the house will get repainted some days later :D

    I had some fun trying it out and adjusting the carburetors :3
    It sounds really awesome. I have to confess that I’m kind of a bad role model thou because I rode it wearing a t-shirt, jeans and sneakers (^-^;)
    It feels awesome to ride a motorbike like that until you reach speeds over 50 km/h :D Usually I wear protective clothes and a helmet thou so today was an exception ;)

    I wish all of you a great weekend (^-^)/

  6. Todays lunch (^-^)

    Japanese ころっけ (croquette :3
    They are thicker than European croquette and the mashed potato is mixed with onions, minced meat and peas :)
    They are delicious and go well with ketchup :D

    Don’t worry this won’t become a food centered blog :D

    I’m off to the workshop again (^-^)

    I wish you a great time (^-^)/

  7. I’m finally done restoring my ありしゃくりかんな (sliding dovetail plane :)

    It took me longer than I expected because I dropped the first piece that I intended to use to repair the fence (>_<;)
    So I had to make a new piece and this time I made it on my new workbench so it could not fall that deep to break :D

    I used a piece of しらかし (white oak :) that I got from Japan :)
    I’m not sure what the だい (body of the plane :) is made from but it is not しらかし(white oak :) nor is it あかかし (red oak :) I could be wrong but my guess is that it is ほんあかかし (true red oak :) which is kind of the ultimate material for Japanese planes :D
    At least its structure indicates that it is oak but it is much too reddish to be しらかし (white oak :) and the grain is too tight to be あかかし (red oak :)
    ほんあかかし (true red oak :) has supposedly the finest grain and a dark reddish colour I think this might well be what it is made from :D

    It is the only piece of wood that I ever had that actually straightened itself out while drying (°_°;)
    It was pretty twisted when I received it but when I checked it yesterday it was square and straight :D

    Getting the fit just right requires some patience but I think it turned out well and in this case it doubled the glueing surface :)
    Originally I wanted to use only 3 screws to assemble the fence but since the screws broke inside the chamfered part of the fence I had no chance of getting them out so I used 4 brass screws instead (^-^)

    I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out :3

    Making these marks with the branding iron smells amazing :3

    A short note about Japanese tools and their use on hardwoods.
    I never really thought about Japanese tools being not suitable for hard woods until I read a post about it somewhere :D
    I used my tools on ebony, rosewood, oak and plywood and never did I encounter any difficulties :)
    That is except for the reclaimed wood that had nails or screws in it :D
    If that happens to be the case even western tools are bound to get seriously damaged :D

  8. Today I cooked にくだんご (Nikudango/meatballs :)

    I really like those :3
    Basically you only fry the outside layer of them so they do not fall apart and then you add a sauce made from みりん (Mirin :), soy sauce, water and a little bit of さけ (Sake/Ricewine :) and let it simmer until the sauce is reduced to a thick paste (which makes for a delicious seasoning :)

    Because the meat is cooked and not fried it stays really fluffy and tender :3

    I will go to my workshop now so I wish you a great time (^-^)/

  9. A short update about my ありしゃくりかんな (sliding-dovetailing plane :)

    Here is the link to the article I wrote when I received it some month back :)
    I needed to wait some time to begin working on the だい (body of the plane :) because of the difference in the climate between Japan and Europe (^-^)

    The wood moved a bit and Since I cleaned up the wood it gained a nicer colour :D
    I used つばき(camellia oil :) on it to nourish the wood :)

    The blades were in a really bad shape and I needed to remove a lot of material to get rid of the rust pitting :D
    The blades are good quality and sharpen up nicely :3
    Still their life will be short because of the pitting that ate away so much steel (-_-)

    I had no chance to fix the fence yet but I found a suitable piece of oak and cut of a repair piece (I don’t have a suitable piece to make a new fence (^-^;)

    Something I’m really happy about is that I can use one of the はり(riving knife/nicker :) for my きわかんな(rabbeting plane :) as well .’*\(^-^)/*’.
    I just need to adjust the width of the dovetail :)

    I tried it out and it worked very well (๑´•.̫ • `๑)
    This kind of plane is intended to hog out material so the shavings are quite thick (about 0.3 to 0.6 mm :) and it is amazing how much it cuts down on the time you need to cut dovetails with a saw and a chisel or a router :D
    The downside is that you are stuck with one kind of dovetail though :|

    Other things that I do :)

    Recently I started preparing for my applications for an internship in Japan :)
    So I bought a shirt and ties and got my suit out of my wardrobe. To be honest I’m not used to wear ties (°_°;) It feels awkward but I kind of like it :3
    I really hope it will work out as I need an internship to finish my studies :D

    I believe it is unusual for Japanese companies to offer internships but I hope one of them will consider me a good choice and give me a chance :)

    Today I started making Umeboshi :3
    My parents think it sounds like an awful idea :D

    I hope I can do some work on my motorbike tomorrow but it depends on the weather :)
    Since there are some repairs going on on the house I need to keep my motorbike in a garage about 3 km away from it (>_<;)

    Please let me know how if you dislike my use of Hiragana in this article :)
    I wanted to exercise my Japanese a little but I will keep writing the main text in English so I will just write the Japanese name of the tools of the parts using Japanese :)

    I hope that at some point I will be so fluent in Japanese that I can write the articles in Japanese and English :)
    So at some point you will be able to read my texts in English and in Japanese :D

  10. My collection of Yakin (branding irons :)

    I’m kind of fascinated by the use of branding irons on wood ever since I went up Fuji-san and had all the stations on my way put their sign on my hiking stick with a Yakin ₍˄·͈༝·͈˄₎◞ ̑̑

    So I got these rather because I get a feeling of accomplishment when I put one of these on a finished workpiece rather than having any real feasible reason (^-^;)

    The top left is pronounced Noh and means ability or a certain form of theatre that I happen to like a lot :D Also this is the only one made from a copper alloy which makes it heat up pretty fast and cool down quickly :)

    The top right is read as Kyo and means teach or to impart knowledge :)

    The second from top on the left means village hamlet but I’m not sure how to read it (>_<;)

    The one on the right in the second row from above means field and is pronounced No :3

    The one on the bottom left is read as Hane and means wing (^-^)

    The last one means warehouse and is pronounced Sohko :)

    Aside from the one made from a copper alloy the rest was made from cast-iron and takes some time to heat up but since it holds the heat pretty well it allows you to put it on 2 to 3 pieces of wood in a row (^-^)

    I’m often amazed at the knowledge of Japanese craftsmen on making metal items (๑´•.̫ • `๑)

    I wish all of you a great week again and good nights (^-^)/