I have been buying up old Stanley, Millers Falls, and other old hand planes for a few months. A portion of my shop has become a bit overwhelmed with the task of collecting, identifying and rehabbing them. I bought another 4-5 items this morning, s...
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Location: Wallingford, CT
I was introduced to woodworking by my grandfather, Ira DuGay, when I was a very small boy. He was a retired millwright and could build or repair anything. His shop was attached to his house with a bench running around half the length of the walls. There were drawers the entire length of the bench with cutouts for every hand tool he had. There were hundreds of baby food jars attached to the walls with every fastener you could possibly imagine. There were vises everywhere, it seemed.
He used to say that his tools were in their correct place only twice. The first was when he finished building the storage space for them and the second was when I, at about age 9, put all of the tools back into their proper places. His power tools consisted of a four by eight foot table saw that he designed and built, lathe, jig saw, band saw, drill press, grinders, and many others. His hand tools ran the gamut from his pocket knife to chisels and handplanes, each of them freshly sharpened.
My grandfather taught me that a cheap tool is exactly that, cheap. He would never use filler on a miter joint. He would redo it. “Sand with the grain of the wood.” “Clean those brushes.” “Don’t be in a hurry.” “Plan ahead.” “Measure twice, cut once.” His words of wisdom are timeless.
-- Shawn DuGay, Wallingford, CT http://www.bigdogwoodworks.com
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