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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • nemo on Orderliness Without Excuses!Thanks for the reply, I wasn't aware of that knife. I must say that I'm pretty happy with the Stanley now that it's working. Feels solid and sturdy enough. Funny thing though, I no…
  • Lisa B. on Thanksgiving!Your words made my day, gave me some heart at a time when real freedom -- freedom of speech -- is now in serious danger in my country. Thanks Paul
  • Dan Roper on Thanksgiving!Great words about the kindness of others. As a Texan, we would welcome you back at any time. Our great state is a little less without you here.
  • Curtis Enlow on Thanksgiving!Thank you, Paul. I was staying at a B&B in Castle Comb, Wiltshire many years ago, and talking with my daughter back home on a small pay phone in the parler. I was hurriedly mak…
  • Matthieu on Thanksgiving!Tank you so much for this beautiful story! Our American cousins can be that kind of men and women.
  • Andrew on Thanksgiving!Thank you Paul for the heartwarming stories.
  • Herbert Brauer on Thanksgiving!I’ve been to the US on a few occasions, always as a student, and was often met by kind, giving folks yes... like every other country right now, they’ll have to sort out their relat…