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Hand tool tips and tricks #6: No straightedge needed

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Blog entry by RGtools posted 02-06-2013 02:27 AM 1541 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Starting a Handplane. Part 6 of Hand tool tips and tricks series Part 7: Getting Clean Crosscuts with a Rip Saw »

If you have been working with hand tools for a while you have likely already seen this one. It’s as old as it gets.

Using the edge of a handplane and a strong light you can very quickly identify peeks and valleys in your work…and you don’t have to let go of the tool to fix them either.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan



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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 02-06-2013 07:08 AM

Why didn’t I think of that? ;-) Thanks.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 02-06-2013 01:31 PM

Great little bite sized tips here RG!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Chris Mobley

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#3 posted 02-06-2013 02:04 PM

Thank you for the post. Very good information!
Chris Mobley
www.cmobleydesigns.com

-- Chris Mobley - www.cmobleydesigns.com

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#4 posted 02-06-2013 02:35 PM

I like this tip but it is going to require that i install a window in my garage… damn expensive hobby; woodworking.

-- ~Tony

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#5 posted 02-06-2013 05:21 PM

I have tried this, but I always seem to lacking that strong light. It’s a great method though.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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RGtools

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#6 posted 02-07-2013 02:39 AM

Tony, it’s cheaper than collecting cars.

Mike. The window is a blessing, but failing that any big box store sells floor stand lights that are pretty bright and offer the ability to place the light where you need it. Lat I checked that are about $30-$60 depending on how fancy. I have thought about grabbing those for the winter months.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#7 posted 02-07-2013 06:18 AM

Yea, what Topamax said!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 02-07-2013 06:23 AM

Mike, you can only do it in the summer in Norway. The sun is too low in the winter ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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