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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  • Mike Bullock on It’s All in the JoineryHaving worked with hand tool methods for several years now as a hobby, I've started to understand and respect the need for intuition. Early in the process, I spent an obsessive amo…
  • Steve P on It’s All in the JoineryI’ll be honest with you. When i wanted to get into hand tool woodworking after making stuff with a table saw and pocket holes, i knew i needed a real workbench. Somebody told me to…
  • Paul Sellers on Hall Hat, Coat & Shoe StandThey are but they tended to be unattractive, clunky and heavy too. I doubt many younger ones would want the style.
  • Paul Sellers on It’s All in the JoineryThere are indeed and they were all individually shaped all be it using a drum sander to put the twists in them.
  • Wills Kitchen on It’s All in the JoineryMr. Sellers, Are you saying there are 100,000 "P.A. Sellers" walking canes floating around in the U.S.? Those folks are blessed to have one if so.
  • Wills Kitchen on Hall Hat, Coat & Shoe StandMr. Sellers, Would you say that the tusk tenon "knock down" furniture method and style are still viable for the more transient population of today? I imagine night stands and such…
  • Stephen McGonigle on Hall Hat, Coat & Shoe StandThat's great news, I'll look forward to seeing it as I do all your projects. Without doubt you are the most influential craftsman, and we all thank you for sharing your talents and…