Creating my workspace II

Creating my workspace II

I’ve never been in two workshops that are the same. The reason partly is that we all have different preferences and different ways of working. Mine is different in some ways and yet harkens back to a more traditional past: Why? Because I’m more a traditional hand toolist rather than a machinist. Most machine-only woodworkers…

Chisels I like

Chisels I like

Don’t you love the way wood works? Below is another flea-market find that’s slightly surface pitted. It’s an old Marples from the pre Irwin days when the Marples clan were still involved. They are still readily found here in the UK and can be had for no more than a £1. Most often less. For…

A plane by any other name…

A plane by any other name…

I’ve used the best of all planes from Scottish Spiers, Norris and Edward Preston to the old and not so old Marples, Stanleys and Records. Being raised with the conventional Bedrock’s and Bailey’s, I am most familiar with the styles and the idiosyncrasies surrounding them and I must say they’re my strong favourites in the…