All posts filed under: Hand Tools

My Hand Plane Collection Takes A Big Step Forward

A couple of weeks ago, I shared this photo on Facebook and let it be known that this rockin’ Mustang was at the top of my Christmas wish list. Of course I was joking and thankfully, Santa knew just what I really needed: a brand new Veritas Bevel-Up Jointer Plane. I had been thinking about this plane as my next acquisition after considering the following options: Scott Meek Woodworks – A Scott Meek hand plane is on my bucket list. Scott’s beautiful planes are high quality and worth the premium price, but I just can’t make the money work right now. The Wood River Jointer Plane – From what I have read, Woodcraft’s planes are improving, but I am not willing to buy one just yet. The Lie-Nielsen Jointer Plane – I own two LN planes and have been very pleased with them, but the #7 jointer is $425 and while I consider myself an experienced salesman, that price is a pretty tough sell now. A used jointer plane – On Ebay, there was one …

Ron Hock’s The Perfect Edge

In one of Doug Stowe’s books on box making, he wrote something that resonated with me. He said: Hand tools are either a source of frustration or a source of great pleasure, depending on whose hands they are in. I relish the opportunity to work with hand tools but have had my share of frustration in learning to use them well. So true. This frustration is what has kept me from totally embracing hand tools. Now that I have begun to change my ways; to embrace the use of hand tools, I have started upgrading my hand planes and chisels. As I use these tools, keeping them sharp is something I often think about. And this is where some frustration bubbles to the surface – really the feeling I get is more like apprehension. Why? Well, like with many things in woodworking, there are a variety of ways to go about sharpening your tools; some of them involve a lot of money, and I’m not sure which one to use, and what if I made …