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thumb planes

Postby deputydawg » Tue Jun 13, 2006 10:17 am

Hello,
Does anyone have any small thumb planes they wish to sell or know of any good supliers of these.
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Thumb planes

Postby Dave Hanson » Wed Jun 14, 2006 4:34 am

Stewart/Macdonald seem to be the suppliers of all things for luthiers, of course they are in the USA.

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Postby PseudoCelt » Wed Jun 14, 2006 2:57 pm

Touchstone Tonewoods (www.touchstonetonewoods.co.uk) or Luthiers' Supplies (www.luthierssupplies.co.uk) might have what you're looking for (both UK-based).
I haven't used either company, so can't recommend them - I've just noticed that they list thumb planes on their websites.

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Postby Chadmills » Sat Jun 17, 2006 8:05 pm

Touchstone Tonewoods are very helpful, and pleasant to deal with, but don't
seem very computerate. Probably best to deal by phone.

Stewart Macdonald in the US are excellent, but by the time you add carriage,
then add the VAT and handling invoice that comes from DHL a week or so
after the package, prices need watching!
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Postby deputydawg » Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:31 am

Thanks for the info there,

I am actually thinking of an approach that i will probably be executed for.
It will involve a 4" angle grinder with wood cutting wheel and finishing with flap disc and various grades of sanding disc / paper. No thumb planes i hope.

What can possibly go wrong???
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Postby Dave Hanson » Mon Jul 10, 2006 12:46 pm

You name it.

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Postby deputydawg » Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:46 pm

You are of course quite correct!
But.......nothing ventured and all that. I am actually a dab hand with a grinder (14 yrs as a machinist / benchfitter). I know the material is different but the principal is the same and you can get these discs with what i can only describe as very fine chainsaw teeth around the edge, they absolutely eat wood and are delicate enough for carving to very close tolerances (if you are canny).
Another option i have been considering is a flat back but a 'folded' top, like on a neopolitan mandolin. It would give you a good rake angle on the strings and I would imagine it should project well. Hmmmm.
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