Back to the Hammer? or 3 Hammers and a Mallet?

(UPDATE) - the new handles look great, feel great in the hand and have a more solid feel.  Third time is the charm in this case. They say things happen in three's or is that bad things happen in 3's??  Anyways, this is my 3rd attempt at handles for my Japanese hammers.  I have three... Continue Reading →

Beautiful short film on two wooden spoon carvers

Beautiful short film on hand spoon carving.  Not only a story about spoons but about a lifestyle, and two people who really enjoy what they do.  Inspirational even includes rapping on a ukelele.

A First pattern Mathieson panel plane – is it worth $4895?

    From an auction site comes this listing: BM150255 Mathieson, Glasgow A rare and important first pattern Mathieson panel plane. These early Mathieson infill planes are still a bit of a mystery to collectors. It is know that later Mathieson outsourced production, primarily to Norris, but little is know about these planes. Literally only a... Continue Reading →

71s Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

The Stanley 71 Hand Router is the mostly metal version of the wooden hand routers from the 18th century and beyond.  Good usable examples go for $70 or so on the auction sites every day and there is no shortage of DIYers that make their own (or attempt to) in my case.  (see My hand Router... Continue Reading →

An unknown makers side rebate plane – odd and cool simultaneously.

Rebate or Rabitt planes come in all different styles and sizes.  I created one earlier this summer based upon the traditional "side escarpment" design that allows the shavings to eject out the side of the plane body vs the top. (See below) I still have alot to learn about plane making obviousl;y, but it works... Continue Reading →

Melhuish Spiers made Gunmetal Shoulder Plane

Melhuish, London (Spiers) A very scarce Spiers made gunmetal shoulder plane. This is marked for the London retailer, Melhuish, but is a Spiers 1 1/2" wide gunmetal shoulder plane. Spiers gunmetal shoulder planes are very scarce by any measure. The dovetailed variety typically sell for much more, but the cast type, like this one, are... Continue Reading →

Fancy a pre-War Norris of London A1 Plane for $1300 give or take a bob?

The ebay listing shouts " Norris of London A1 Dovetailed Pre-War Panel Plane - 1913 Adjuster!" with the accompanying text: "A 13 1/2" NORRIS A1 DOVETAILED STEEL PANEL PLANE WITH 1913 ADJUSTER. GOOD STEEL BODY AND ROSEWOOD INFILL, NO CRACKS IN TOTE. VERY FINE MOUTH. ORIGINAL 2 1/2" NORRIS LONDON IRON (APPROX 1" REMAINS) AND NORRIS... Continue Reading →

Old “Mold”ers

Several months ago, I received some old moulding planes that were cheap ($8 a piece) and worth a flyer from a seller in the midwest.   There are 15 of them of them in the set and I finally got around to checking them out over the last several days.  In the post on recycling... Continue Reading →

Recycling Craigslist Free Wood

On the 6th of August, I wrote a post entitled "Scotch Mist?" about attempting to use some "free wood" that I found on craigslist.  The idea was to recycle what is old into something new, not a new concept by any means.  After several days of painstaking work using only hand tools, I made the... Continue Reading →

Update on the Sumitsubo

Turns out the description on the back of the ink bottle is actually what it shows. Instead of putting a big wad of silk fluff into the basin in the body, you are supposed to stuff the fluff equally between the two bags in the box and place that in the basin.  Like this: except... Continue Reading →

What’s this? scotch mist?

"The man says, "Honey, we're out of mayonnaise." Wife holds up full jar that was sitting right in front of him and says, "What's this? Scotch mist?" Anyways, I was reminded of that saying when I was searching for my electric drill in the garage.   I literally turned every drawer inside out, opened every... Continue Reading →

Bringing a Kikai Shakuri Kanna out of the dark (Part 1)(Updated)

UPDATE: My friend yushi weighed in and this is indeed a Japanese Plough plane and not the sliding dovetail plane I bought from the description.  Time to have a chat with the seller I suppose  Maybe I can modify the plough plane or just make my own?  Bummer I have an old Japanese plough plane... Continue Reading →

Fixing an ancient Japanese Sumitsubo (part 2)

Now that the repair on the crack in the Sumitsubo is complete, time to put it together and try it out.  Right?  Not so fast it turns out.   I pulled my supplies out to finish the task and discovered an issue.  I don't speak or read japanese.  I don't normally read directions (sometimes to... Continue Reading →

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