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This is my Skil 100 electric planer

This is my Skil 100 electric planer.( you have no idea how much I love this tool !! ). I bought it in Hawaii in 1978 after spending time shaping with Dick Brewer using his Skil. I couldn’t believe how much better it was than the “Towa” I’d…

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Blending rail bands yesterday with my Skil 100 Planer

Blending rail bands yesterday with my Skil 100 Planer. As well as using the planer to cut with normal forward motion I also use the back cutting motion as well. Not just on the rails but also in other aspects of shaping with a planer. I find the back cutting motion…

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Cleaning up the bump wing, rounded square tail outline with a Sureform after doing most

Cleaning up the bump wing, rounded square tail outline with a Sureform after doing most of it with a Skil 100 Planer on its side. ( part 2 from yesterday’s post ). The board is one of my new “Bushranger 2” models & is a stock board for…

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I’ve drawn a bump wing rounded square outline onto the tail of this “Bushranger 2”

I’ve drawn a bump wing rounded square outline onto the tail of this “Bushranger 2” model & I’m using a Skil 100 planer on its side to take off the excess foam & get close to the pencil line. The Skil planer has a lever on the…

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Banding the rails on an angle

Banding the rails on an angle. I’m using a Skil 100 planer to plane off the bottom edge of my first 45 degree rail cut. When I first started shaping I think it was Geoff McCoy who showed me how to always place the power cord over my arm as it decreased the…

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Banding the rails with a Skil 100 Planer

Banding the rails with a Skil 100 Planer. To shape a rail on a fully hand shaped board consists of cutting one deep 45 degree angle cut from nose to tail. Then the top & bottom of that cuts edges are planed off. This gives you a rough rail shape which can be…

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Shaping action, cutting in & blending the nose rocker curve

Shaping action, cutting in & blending the nose rocker curve. This board is a total hand shape from a Burford Blank, (not a computer cut pre shape). The nose entry rocker is one of the most critical parts of the shaping process. It’s where the water…

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Shaping action blending in a concave yesterday

Shaping action blending in a concave yesterday. This one is going to be a new model & it’s a hand shape from a Burford Blank. Prior to the vision I’ve run the planer straight along the stringer cutting in a 1/8″ deep slot which fades…

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