Category Archives: Woodworking Hand Tools

Knob and Tote Price Increase

I have been making and selling high quality knobs and totes for handplanes for a good number of years. During all that time I have held my price. If you read my 3 part series on making a tote you … Continue reading

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New Eggbeater Chuck Springs

I just finished the prototype tooling used to bend new chuck springs for the Ryther’s patent chucks as found on the Millers Falls eggbeater drills. There are 3 springs per chuck. The set of springs at the top in the … Continue reading

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Saved From the Fire!

Recently a friend of mine, Matt Cianci, sent me a piece of hornbeam that was given to him by a friend who found several pieces in his firewood pile. It looked like it would be big enough to make 2 … Continue reading

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Stanley Tote Modification

This pic shows a vintage Stanley tote toe from my old #7 jointer. You can see a flat milled for the toe attachment screw. Recently much needed new tooling was made for the Stanley totes. This presented the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Saw Vise

Construction on the new saw sharpening bench begins tomorrow. Today, Santa, dressed as a FedEx driver, delivered the new vise for it. I have wanted one of these great vises since they first appeared on the market. Finally, I tired … Continue reading

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Stanley Plane Parts

Stanley Tools no longer sells individual screws for their handplanes. They do however sell a complete set of screws for their planes. You can order the set shown above┬áhere. This set is for a #5, but it will fit Stanley … Continue reading

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Restored Backsaws

Above are two backsaws I just finished restoring. The upper saw is a 14″ Richardson Brothers 12 ppi with a beech tote. The lower saw is a 14″ Atkins 12 ppi with an apple handle. The saws were disassembled, but … Continue reading

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Metallic Plane Company Tote Restoration

Just finished a custom reproduction tote for a Palmers & Stokes patent plane made by Metallic Plane company. The tote had to be made from pictures only because there was no original to go by. The knob was refinished to … Continue reading

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Visiting an Old Friend

On Friday I had the pleasure of visiting a friend that I haven’t seen in several years, Chris Schwarz. He was teaching a class at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking on building his famous tool chest. It was great … Continue reading

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What Planes Do I Need?

This question is asked of me very often. There is no one correct answer. The answer depends on what you want to do with handplanes. The most common use for benchplanes in the woodshop is taking a board from rough … Continue reading

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