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Oh Crap! I Guess the Epoxy Was Too Hard

49 thoughts on “Oh Crap! I Guess the Epoxy Was Too Hard

  1. ian

    So, how will you describe the Plane when you sell it on ebay?
    rare ?
    antique ?
    good for parts ?
    only used once and then put away for a generation ?

  2. Jonas Jensen

    Isn’t the motto of a journalist: truth shall prevail?
    or is it: The truth must never stand in the way of a good story?
    Anyway, please tell us what happened.

  3. Al

    May wanna build a tool tray into this bench afterall. Would’ve prevented you from knocking that one to the floor;-)

    BTW we, as a community, prefer your non fictional writing. Leave the cliffhangers for hollywood.

    What Happened!??

  4. Larry Gray

    Ah, I see you finally found the right box in your basement … you know, the one containing that craptacular first block plane you’ve been looking for.

  5. Jason Young

    There’s no way you did that by hand planing epoxy unless there was already a fracture in plane body or you dropped it.

  6. Scott

    Ductile iron break…irregular, not clean.
    Cap iron break…cleaner and non-tangential. Variable axis breaks indicating complete casting failure or sudden impact at singular loci causing multi-directional stress on casting. Likely from the left-side-10 o’clock position.
    Shavings…appropriate thickness-no gouging or sudden stop indications.
    Other carbon-based presence…Megan?
    Preliminary readings from the Veracity-o-tron…inconclusive-elevated levels of ‘shock and awe’ in the area of the workpiece. Results pending on the ‘WTF’ readings.
    Conclusion: No known suspects at this time.

  7. Ron Boe

    Looks like Meagan tried to drop kick you and you blocked it with the plane.

    How close am I? :^)

    How’s Meagan’s foot?

  8. dan sayler

    Looks to me like it just missed the horse stall mat while finding a lower point of repose . . .


  9. BedrockBob

    Hand planes are dangerous!! If you have a plane in your hand put it down immediately. Then send me all your planes for safety testing. I should be able to return them in twenty or thirty years.

  10. Darrell Snodgrass

    My mom owns a cake shop over in Newport. They’ve got black and about 30 other colors of food coloring if you ever need to look again.

  11. Mike Holden

    Force applied through the blade *MIGHT* shear the tightening bolt and adjusting bolt, but would not have caused damage to the plane side. The removal of the adjustable mouth is also a red herring.
    Consequently I must reject your warranty claim as it is obvious the damage did not occur during one of the recommended uses of this product.

    BTW, see if the Hi-Lo drive will admit running it over, although why it might be on the floor is another question.

    (grin) Mike

  12. david brown

    Actually, on second look, that’s a new Stanley low angle "sweat heart" block plane. =)

  13. david brown

    Think he was stress-testing one of those Woodriver planes?

    The Wheaties probably helped with the Chinese stool from a few months back. I’m guessing this was alcohol-induced. 😉

  14. Mike N

    Wowzers. Just planing along then suddenly Kablewwwiee! Yard sale. Complete disassembly and pieces everywhere.

    I love it.


    ps. If that plane was knocked up for the sole purpose of this blog post may the woodworking gods have mercy on your soul…

  15. Matt

    Didn’t you just write a blog post about using your planes on anything? I seem to recall something about planing MDF, Laminate Veneer, or Epoxy… guess it happens to the best of us. I hope you are okay…

    Look on the bright side though, now you can buy a new plane!

  16. Hoss

    Awesome. Too funny. Now just epoxy it back together, wait 24 hrs, and get back to work…..haaaa….

  17. Jon

    Yikes! What happened, Chris? I guess I don’t see how planing the surface would cause the plane’s cheeks to crack like that… I see a lot of sharp edges on those pieces — you okay?

  18. Josh


    Even a sprinkling of shavings to set the stage. hahahahaha

    I like your sense of humor.

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