Question: Hi Paul, Your answer left me still wanting for more. I hoped that in your answer to question from Blaz I would see something that would make it clear to me. Sometimes a view from another perspective is all that’s needed. And my situation is the following. I never held a good BD plane…

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We are often looking for an ideal fit with everything we work with, a one-size-fits-all solution and of course many will espouse this one or that one is the answer to life’s problems, but my stock answer always is this. Life is just like wood, it comes with knots in it. Controversy ebbs and flows around…

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As far as long planes go The longest plane I use is a #6,  bevel-down Bailey-pattern plane, even though I own full ranges of bench planes in wood and metal types and by different makers, new and old. For the main part they don’t get used past the #6. So, occasionally, about once a year,…

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Question Hi Paul, I need some help on deciding what direction to go in regards to purchasing a hand plane. There are a few to choose from and just when i thought i may have it figured out another one pops up. Now all i have right now is a standard block plane and an…

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A few years ago, ten or more if I remember rightly, I ordered some spokeshave parts from Veritas in Canada. I think it was about 16 sets actually. The order was based on my previously ordering a kit of parts  to make my own, to see how well it would work. I ended up ordering…

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Question: Hi Paul, I recently bought a LA jack plane from LV and I was wondering something : would you sharpen the bevel of your BU plane like your BD plane ? I’ve search on the internet and I even watched all your videos on sharpening + your DVD. I didn’t find what we could…

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  • Alec Garner on Finally Sorted My Tools;David Stanley Auctions; if you're in the UK.
  • Wayne Whalen on Finally Sorted My ToolsMaybe you could open a woodworkers museum and be its curator and demonstrate the use and history of the most interesting pieces. You could build the display cases made with joints…
  • Daniel Currie on Finally Sorted My ToolsHi there where is the best place to sell vintage tools .I have a Norris 20 1/2 joining plane never been used .Just dont want it to go on eBay and not get what is worth thanks
  • Thomas on Working AlonePaul, you haven't posted since this blog - we're all getting a bit worried I think!
  • Michael Muschal on MisnomersThanks, Paul. I reported that to Ebay. I expect they'll close him up. Found your Essential Tools book and DVD at Rocksmith LTD. Looking forward to reading and following your guidan…
  • Stuart Woodcock on Sharp TalkingHaving been inducted into sharpening knives via the Kangaroo meat industry at 17 in the 1970s (yes i kid you not first for pet meat and then human consumption in France) we only ha…
  • John Besharian on Working AloneWell, Mr. Whalen, you seem a "Glass Half Empty" sort of soul. I can just imagine the sort of toasts you'd give at happy events like, say weddings, for example. If therapy is your p…