Homemade Hand Tools

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Blog entry by Ed Pirnik posted 10-12-2010 10:07 PM 3114 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This afternoon I emerged from the shop here at Fine Woodworking after having put together a pretty neat little picture framing jig. It’s designed for cutting precise miters and perfectly matching picture frame sides (meaning it has a stop block set-up meant to cut pairs of picture frame sides to precisely the same length). It’ll be featured in an upcoming video workshop I’m going to be shooting later this month on picture frame moldings and frame assembly. Anyhow, I digress.

I arrived at my cube to find my neighbor, Matt Kenney, working on a new gallery for handmade hand tools. This is something I’ve honestly never tried. Matt’s pretty crafty when it comes to homemade marking gauges, knives, grooving planes, and such – and he’s put out a call for submissions to the new gallery. Figured I’d let you all know. I need a new project so I’m hoping to see some cool inspiration! I’ve been stuck behind the computer – and the camera – for too long now, unable to work on any actual woodworking!

Cheers all,


-- Ed Pirnik, Fine Woodworking Web Producer

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#1 posted 10-13-2010 06:18 AM

Ed that’s a great idea. There are a lot of clever people on this site that have made some incredible tools. i am looking forward to the inspiration that will come from seeing the entries.

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#2 posted 10-13-2010 03:26 PM

Yeah, I have yet to build a pair of those homemade grooving planes but that’s in my list of project plans. Lie-Nielsen’s selling the 1/8-in. irons for them (no, we don’t get any kickbacks – all on the up-and-up).

I’d also like to to try making the “ultimate scratch stock” although I’m not sure what that would be – what would make it the “ultimate.” LOL


-- Ed Pirnik, Fine Woodworking Web Producer

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