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Buying good tools cheap #1 – Introduction

Buying good tools at old prices There are many ways you can buy hand tools and related equipment, new or secondhand, and end up with really good results that will equal the best at a fraction of the cost. My blogs have alluded to this over the past year or two, and here are the…

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Buying good tools cheap #2 – The combination square

To read more about the square on our Common Woodworking site, click here. To read more about where to buy them, visit our up to date buying guide here. The engineer’s combination square Today I begin with talking about my square. I have more than one for practical reasons, but the one I reach for the…

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Buying good tools cheap #3 – The knife

To read more about the woodworker’s knife on our Common Woodworking site, click here. I think all too often we want a one-size-fits-all tool we can suit to every task without compromise. I confess that’s how I see certain tools, for the main part anyway. Every so often I discover a new tool, use it for…

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Buying good tools cheap #4 – Plough plane

With reference to buying via eBay. One thing that comes with age is the ability to look retrospectively at changes in culture. Someone walking along the street tapping their palm and staring into it didn’t happen anywhere in the world two decades and less ago. I think you might find everyone stopped and staring at…

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Buying good tools cheap #5 – More Ploughs

On plough planes briefly. Someone mentioned out-of-parallel fences on plough planes. This can be a problem and happens often on old plough planes that were new decades ago but left unused and therefore unchanged but old. I actually haven’t had that happen with the 043 or the 044 but I have had it happen with…

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Buying good tools cheap #6 – Deeper ploughing

I just fettled a couple of the newly bought eBay plough planes and wanted to show the steps and progress I made to and on them. The main body of this plane was generally excellent and so too all of the components, but the cutting iron bevels were indeed a sad and sorry bunch with…

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Buying good tools cheap #7 Marking gauges

Marking gauges of different types There are many different types of marking gauges used by woodworkers all of which comprise a stock and and a stem or beam and some kind of pointed marker or cutting blade. The stock and beam of most 99% of gauges are made from wood, whereas with more modern types…

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Buying good tools cheap – #8 Marking gauge

To read more about the combination gauge on our Common Woodworking site, click here The simplest marking gauge is obviously the single pin gauge and of course it doesn’t take much to adapt this to mark out mortises, just a little imagination. I have bought these gauges for 20 pence here in the UK on…

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Buying good tools cheap – Mortise Gauges

Marking gauges – getting to the point As with the single pin marking gauge, the twin pin mortise gauge still proves the most practical gauge for me  and one I would buy first over any other bar none. Mortise gauges come in different shapes but size varies only minimally. Asia has its own models that…

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Buying good tools cheap – smoothing planes

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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