Plane No 1 – G. Steadman and Sons Plough Plane

I was asking myself the other day why I collect antique or previously owned woodworking planes if you don't plan on using them?    Some folks buy them as investments and after seeing the prices for English and Scottish manufactured infill planes, who can blame them.  But I want to use mine, so I decided... Continue Reading →

Building a Krenov Hand Plane with Gerd Fristsche

When roaming the web looking for information on James Krenov, I came across a blog with a post detailing how to create a Krenov style smoothing plane.  There are multiple blogs, magazine articles and youtube videos showing how to create a Krenov Plane; indeed Krenov himself shows you how in his own books. However, a... Continue Reading →

Old tools in an old barn

I visited a cousin in Virginia over Thanksgiving who lives in the Virginia countryside outside of Richmond.  She lives on several acres with some seriously large trees and a small horse barn.  In the barn there were some old tools and I took the time to take some photos of them in situ, they look... Continue Reading →

Making a repair on an 18th Century wooden scrub plane

A few months ago, I acquired a small batch of wooden woodworking planes from a seller in Michigan.  The price was right but when I received them 4 of them needed repair.  The seller didn't disclose that bt he did refund my money for those planes so the deal worked out.  Good to know there... Continue Reading →

Time to get organized

It's funny how your progress on a task is directly related to your ability to find your tools.   Working on my tool cabinet was getting harder than it already was because I couldn't find anything.  So, out of frustration, I slapped up some plywood on one of the walls in the garage and started getting... Continue Reading →

Building a kerf plane

I need to rip vertically a large number of Cherry boards and don't own a bandsaw or can I afford one.  So after some research, I determined that I could make a kerf plane and a frame saw which would allow me to accomplish the task.  Of course that would mean lot's of manually sawing... 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 →

A Japanese Woodworking Hammer needs a handle

Oddly, enough you can buy Japanese woodworking hammers without handles.  Not sure why, but I bought two hammer heads recently and needed to create some handles.  I started with an oak dowel that I bought at Home Depot by cutting it roughly in half.  (the roughly was due to my cutting skill with a hand... Continue Reading →

Winding Sticks

I finally got around to making a set of winding sticks.  Winding sticks are defined as: "In woodworking and carpentry, a pair of winding sticks is a tool that aids in viewing twist or wind in pieces of lumber (timber) by amplifying the defect.Winding sticks can be as simple as any two straight sticks or they can be elegant, decorated, dimensionally stable... Continue Reading →

Oscar the Plane

Perusing eBay the other day I came across a wooden plane.  I'm not sure if it is written on the side or carved, by the name "Oscar" is displayed.  The shape of the plane is also interesting because when you look at it from the side it almost looks like a submarine. Ok maybe it... Continue Reading →

New rabbet plane

  I decided to try and make my own copy of a antique rabbet plane that I have. The thought being that understanding how they are made might make be more appreciative of how they work. So I started by carving out the mouth and mortised the channel for the blade to go through.  The... Continue Reading →

Making a Wooden Hand Router (Part 2)

So now that I have decided to make a router plane, I thought I would share some of the photos of my progress. I picked a piece of walnut for the base and two cocobolo chisels handles that I had laying around. So far so good. (smile) Next, I placed the walnut in the vise... Continue Reading →

Making a wooden Hand Router (Part 1)

One of the tools I would love to have in my tool cabinet is a hand router.  Long before Porter Cable came on the scene with their mechanized marvels, carpenters and cabinet makers used a hand router.  Usually made of a hardwood, with a way to hold a vertical knife shaped like an L.  ... Continue Reading →

An old saw is new again

When my wife's father passed away, she became the owner of a lot of dirty, dusty and rusty farm tools. More than likely they belonged to her grandfather who owned a dairy farm in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Anyways, we have been carting these old tools around for the best of 16 years now and it dawned... Continue Reading →

The joy of a new rabbit!

Gotcha!  Rabbet not Rabbit!  Anyways, for the price of $6.50 I picked up an antique wooden rabbet plane from the UK.  I took it apart to clean it and sharpen the blade etc.  It's a simple but elegant design, simple blade, wooden wedge to keep in place after you set it to the depth of... Continue Reading →

Building a Dovetail plane Part I

One of the things I want to learn is how to make sliding dovetail joints.  They require two hand planes: 1) cuts the male portion of the dovetail while the 2) cuts the female portion of the dovetail.  In a japanese sliding dovetail the dovetail in the wood is tapering ever so slightly near the... Continue Reading →

Time to build a sharpening station

Well at least a holder for my home made diamond sharpening plates.  Sticking with the idea of only using hand tools, I started roughing out the slots for the aluminum plates with the diamond sharpening plates attached.  Time to work on those mortising skills. First draw out the locations of the mortises. Then start chiseling... Continue Reading →

Jackpot at a Garage Sale

What a weekend, a family down the street from my house decided to have a garage sale on Sunday starting at 9, so my wife and I sautered down to see if there were any deals to be had.  What a difference from the estate sale yesterday!  Nice people, opened on time, no ridiculous hyper... Continue Reading →

Cleaning up the Estate sale items

I also picked up two stanley planes for use in the shop. and put the grinding stand back together after giving it a good clean. Doesn't look to bad now.

Estate Sale Find

My wife and I went to an "estate sale" in Cedar Park, tx that started at 8am on Saturday. We arrived shortly before 7am and texted the seller based on a sign she left out front. For the next 90 minutes we waited in line while she kept coming to the door and telling us... Continue Reading →

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