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Hand planes #4: A little slice of timber.

I have always been a fan of the wooden plane since my teens when I picked up an old coffin shaped smoother off the shelf in my farthers workshop. After a rough sharpen by my current standard I chucked it back together and put it on a board. Just...

Hand planes #11: A little bit of family history.

My Mother came to see me at my shop yesterday as she wanted a new prop for her washing line. I pulled a piece of deal out the rack and 4.5 plane out of the cupboard smoothed all four faces and knocked the arris off. The plane I pulled out was a...

Hand planes #2: The plane that started it all.

Hi guys hope your all enjoying your Sunday? I’ve spent the day organising electric fences for ponies, baby sitting dogs and a few hours repurposing an old wardrobe into a me plane storage cupboard. Well it’s not big enough to house the collection...

Hand planes #12: A light repair

As seen in my last instalment in this series I found some writing on the bottom of a plane handle. I repaired that handle and sanded and dyed it again and gave it several coats is new shellac. I also cleaned the rest of the body of the plane and...

Hand planes #5: A little bit of rabbet.

I am currently making some oak door linings and doors for a barn conversion. Having edge jointed the boards and glued them up several weeks ago I need to get the project finished so I have today run the door rebates on my spindle moulder. The two...

Hand planes #8: A bit of compass work

So guys today I decided to go down the hand tool route fairing the curved top rails on my most recent commission. The work it’s self will be detailed in my project builds blog I just wanted to take the time to share with you one of the oldest...

Hand planes #3: Not quite what I was expecting.

Take alook at the plane in the photos guys. It’s a 5-1/2 and I brought it as it was supposed to have been a record when it was sold on eBay. Being a collector and user of all things bench plane I brought it. Not for any other reason than I use...

Hand planes #9: Fetch the router

As regular readers will know I run a Hybrid wood working system where hand tools, power tools and machines all run together in the same camp. As part of my training (by my Farther) I was only allowed to do machine jobs once I had mastered the...

Hand planes #6: School boy error.

Our whippet fractured her leg yesterday and in all the rushing about to get her to the vets and then make her a stand for her food bowl I did not sweep up and put my tools away last night. (It was 8pm when I eventually finished). ...

Hand planes #7: A shoulder day.

Yet more rebate adjustment today cross grain this time though lead me to crack out my record shoulder planes. I have two old school record shoulder planes an 044 and a big 073 both are copies of older Preston patterns that were produced in...