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 →

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 →

Starting the Tool Cabinet build finally…

My son wants to be an engineer, and I am always telling him to draw out what he has in his head to help clarify his idea etc.   Now I wouldn't be a good father if I didn't practice what I preach correct?    So, after ruminating about what I wanted to create in a... Continue Reading →

Other British Rebate plane examples

    Another interesting plane for sale listing. A relatively early dovetailed wrought iron rebate plane. This is the unusual style where the wedge is cut into one piece of infill, rather than being as wide as the infill. That must have been much harder to do, and is quite unusual. I have seen a... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Making a straight edge out of Sapele wood

Really, you ask?  Why would you make a straightedge out of wood when you can buy a metal one at a big box store.  Tsk, Tsk the man has lost it you say. Actually, just like winding sticks are something you should build yourself and not buy, building your own wooden straightedge has some advantages... 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 →

Woodworking Hand Router (Part 3)

Taking up where I left off in part 2 of the Hand Router project it's now time to work on the construction of the blade, installing the blade in the router and trying it out.   First, I drilled a hole that runs vertically next to the large opening in the router base.  (Have to... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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