The months have passed since I bought one of these. Generally perhaps a lower interest tool and yet for chair making and other tasks they are virtually indispensable. Made for or distributed by Sandford, famed for their layout tools to big box stores and local hardware stores alike, this tool struck as having the makings…

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There was a time when imported tools were both cheap to buy and cheap in quality, which of course isn’t cheap but false economy. In the sixties we in the UK were flooded with low grade products from the the German Democratic Republic, Japan, India, China’s Hong Kong and others. Those days are long gone…

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Routers online Routers for most people conjure up a range of different images ranging from face shields and dust extractors to dust masks ear plugs hearing protection and other head gear resembling and American football team player or a SWAT team member. Of course for 99.9% of machinist woodworkers this is essential equipment. That equates…

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Question: Paul, I am working with your DVD and book and have made great progress with sharpening my tools.  I finished the dovetail box and I just started the bookcase. Can you tell me where to get the chisel hammer that you use?  Also I would like to take your foundation course in NY. When…

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We seem almost besotted with giant tape measures in our western world of woodworking, but of course in construction they are now essential. How we managed before they were developed to what have today I don’t know. I grew up with a three-foot four-fold Rabone rule made from boxwood and I still use it at…

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I would that someone would have come out with the regular Stanley #4 plane Bailey pattern again. You know, the lightweight one. One with nice Padauk or curly cherry handles. Or even highly polished beech would work for me with no stain. Also, I know the German tool makers Kuntz made a very junky model…

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Bullnose planes are an added luxury until you really need one. I bought my Stanley 90 in 1966 and I am still using it. The nickel plating is mostly gone now and I never altogether understood why they used it because mine never did rust. I just use it a little and a lot depending…

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Ebay and smoothing planes I am sure for every good thing I say about eBay smoothing planes there will be someone who can counter what I say, but I have bought about a hundred smoothing planes on eBay in the past three years and only one had a real problem that I fixed and got…

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Hand planes are the source of great debate these days. I can’t imagine such a silly thing really. The internet has connected many debaters with little good fruit, but some, a little, maybe. I have been giving some serious thought to many things I have said or say or do or don’t do with planes.…

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  • Gael on Sharp TalkingPaul, getting older and being more experienced lends itself to intolerance. You are a master with infinite patience, but still there are those occasions where YOU want to scream. I…
  • Jeff D on Branching outA peach branch fell on him. He plum forgot who he was. Not a cherry story at all. Hit him right in his Adam's apple. He can't pear wood anymore.
  • Rob Ling on Where My Wood Comes FromI've been there before I was really into woodworking but loved it. Good cafe too (I like my food). If you ever visit Hull Minster, there are mouseman pieces in there too featuring…
  • RH on Where My Wood Comes FromI call it being 'past my use by date.'
  • RH on Where My Wood Comes FromUvalde, TX. Home of 'Cactus' Jack Garner, Vice-President with FDR before Harry Truman.
  • BENEDICT O'SULLIVAN on Town BuildingsI understand why 'power' tools have become dominant: is the nature of humans to look for 'better' ways to do things. Who fancies swapping the modern sawmill for the log saws of old…
  • Ermir on Plane Knob Without a LatheThis is yet another degree of freedom! I don't need a plane knob today, but this allows me to modify turned legs, to make handles, to make round sections anywhere I like, practical…