Veritas woodworking tools

Well, in answer to questions about which saws to buy, which planes I recommend and a few other such questions, I will try to answer them here. I have used old and modern hand tools for almost five decades. Some that I still use I bought as an apprentice somewhere around 1965 from Mr Cheapy…

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Record refined-plane handles side by side

Here are the before and after… …after reshaping, staining and protective coats and a couple of hours serious clean up and degrunging.   How can it be that a plane functions so much more responsively when it’s clean, refined and lovely to look at? It’s the same with Stanley planes that were made up until…

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Restoring smoothing planes

I bought this Record plane in grungy condition to restore. It’s 50 years old. All plane handles are too small for my hands. I had to reshape it some. I flattened the sole too. Degreasing took a while. I could tell it was an engineer that owned and at not a woodworker but the grease kept most…

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Walking home from work

It’s raining as I walk home. Cool, Welsh rain. It’s not too heavy, but it’s close rain that wets thoroughly and the earth soaks the drops in quickly. My cheeks and hands are cold and my hand shields my lens in case I see something I want to photograph. The trees are saturated so much…

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Know your wood #4-Oak (red)

More on oak I first worked with red oak in the Texas Hill Country back in 1987. At least that was the first time I knew of red oak as distinct from English oak. Whereas I love English and European oaks American red oak is not my favourite wood to work with and it’s not…

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Know your wood #3-Oak

Oak trees grow on each of the five continents and cultures at every level have relied on the wood and acorn, the tannic acid and the bark throughout the millennia. Great ships with oak bows and rudders crisscrossed the globe.   Oak leaves have a unique and distinctive leaf shape Massive barns and manorial homes…

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Know your wood #2-Beech

Beech trees grow abundantly throughout the temperate zones of Europe, Asia and North America. The wood is of very even denseness throughout the grain because of its relatively small pores evenly distributed through both the early and late growth of each growth cycle (annual ring). My first mallet was made from beech and most mallets…

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Restoring the past

  An old discarded gauge Sometimes we look at something and lament the neglect. The stem sticks in the stock. It’s swollen now and has been for two decades. The brass, now tarnished has that musty smell of dampness and we say it’s not worth anything, but we give 50p. A few weeks ago John…

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Chisels

My hand encloses the  boxwood shaft both hard, resistant to my mallet’s blow, yet soft under the pressure of my hand.  My fingertips trace the lines. They falter as they touch the brass enclosure polished by a man’s lifetime cutting, shaping, shaving wood. Pulling the chisel from its place between the rest I slice thin…

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A lovely Disston handsaw

A saw by any other name could cut as sweet I have many favourite saws. One in each of the categories. You’ve seen them in past posts here on my blog. I don’t collect them. I can’t imagine the empty vanity in collecting good saws you don’t use to work work wood with. I want…

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