Got the shop decorated for Christmas!

Charlie Brown

I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It’s not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love.

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'”

That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

Smoothing Satinwood

I picked up some new plane infills recently and removed some of the wax to begin the drying process.  I began with a card scraper to take the bulk of the wax off.  Then I switched over to a plane to get the wax that had soaked into the wood.  I started out using my best Stanley #4 on this piece of curly satinwood.  As I expected, the grain tore out on each and every curl.  I switched over to my #6 infill smoother and the difference was like night and day.  Using that infill on the heavily figured wood was a dream!  I quickly had a pile of fluffy, see-through shavings and the tear out on the surface was gone.  This satinwood billet will make a beautiful plane!

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