Category Archives: Woodworking Hand Tools

Hand Plane Basics Part 2

2015 has been a very busy year so far. So busy in fact that I had to stop accepting orders for knobs and totes to allow me to catch up on other things. Things such as writing part 3 of this series. … Continue reading

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Hand Plane Basics Part 1

I am often asked how to get started using handplanes. So, here goes. I chose the plane pictured above for this article because it is common and inexpensive. It is a modern Stanley #5 jack plane made in England. I bought it … Continue reading

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To Restore or Not

Recently I was reminded that there have been a lot of newcomers to woodworking and especially to hand  tools. My philosophy on tools is quite simple. Tools were made to be used. Before you get your feathers ruffled, I am … Continue reading

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A Customer’s Plane

A customer sent me this photo of his Lie-Nielsen bronze #4-1/2 smoothing plane I made the holly knob and tote for him. I don’t know who did the engraving. This plane is absolutely gorgeous. As always, thanks for stopping by … Continue reading

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Chisel Restoration

Just finished this rare set of Anton Berg socket chisels. The original handles were removed and the steel de-rusted in my electrolysis tank. Then they were put through a process I call “brightening”. This is a light polish where no … Continue reading

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Latest Knob & Tote Set

Just finished this knob and tote made from holly. It was for the highly skilled engraver, Catherin C. Kennedy to mount on this beautifully engraved Stanley #4. The plane is finished in black oxide after it was ground true and … Continue reading

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New Chisel Handles

I just finished a set of chisel handles for a customer. He bought new Lie-Nielsen bench chisels and wanted cocobolo handles made for them. The LN chisels are very high quality tools, but that is what you would expect from … Continue reading

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