All posts tagged: Woodworking Tools

I Build the Hock Tools Shoulder Plane

At this point in my hand plane collection, I am willing to try building a hand plane. I currently have a Lie Nielsen #4 bench plane, a Lie Nielsen #60R rabbeting block plane and a Veritas low angle jointer plane. A while back, I bought David Finck’s book, Making & Mastering Wood Planes, and even after reading this book, which devotes 192 pages to every aspect of making and using wood hand planes, I still felt intimidated at the thought of building one. When contemplating a fun gift for my recent 55th birthday, I told my wife I wanted a Hock Tools Shoulder Plane Kit. My thinking was building a kit will help ease me into the world of making hand planes – not that I envision making a lot of wooden body hand planes. I don’t, but maybe a couple or three; we will see. The photo at the top of the post shows the kit with all the parts. A benefit of plane building from a kit is that the folks at Hock …

Reader Email: Advise on Power Tools

Since the monstrous spike in traffic resulting from a woodworking plan appearing in SketchUp’s newsletter, I have received several email messages from readers. Here is one from Tom with a question: “Hi Jeff. Saw your info using SketchUp and working with wood. I am a beginner at wood working. I just bought a compound miter saw to use for small projects and to get my feet wet and wondered if you can lend any advice about the types of power tools I should have for my shop and about using SketchUp to build plans from for a project. Any help is appreciated.” Not sure I am qualified to answer this question; the woodworking corner of the internet is full of information on this subject, but here is how I replied… “Thanks for visiting my website. Here is what I did when I started. I bought a table saw. This kind of saw can cross-cut and rip boards. I got a 10″ contractor style saw (I currently use a Jet 10″ saw). I quickly bought a …