Of course most of the time we might pass them up, but look what would have happened had I passed up the Aldi chisels six years ago. Seemed to me I should give a couple of inexpensive planes a fair try to see how they did and so I bought two from B&Q. The ask was…

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I dismantled the plane after initially rotating it and and tumbling from tote to knob to get my initial feelings and it didn’t feely rattly, loose or anything different than say a new Stanley. In fact it did feel better than a Stanley. Two things stood out visually immediately and perhaps most might not see…

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Lever-cam lockdown out of sync This might seem innocuous, or even not apparent at all, but in the context of functionality this little adjustment assister makes a huge difference to the plane and especially so for the setting of the lever cap in relation to the pressure it applies to the cutting iron assembly. I first…

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I added another plane in the mix or did I? Look at the two outer planes here. These two planes are put out by B&Q. Do they look different? Yes, they do! No, they’re not. Not altogether anyway. Now the third plane, centred here in the mix, came from a very different supplier. The two companies supplying these three…

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Here is some more poor man’s stuff for you to try. This week I went into Aldi with Liz and saw some granite worktop (countertop) savers reduced for closeout. The packages were torn. Now I do have a bonafide granite block certified to engineering tolerances so I didn’t need any more but for most people…

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  • 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…