Hey guys, In this video I compare several popular western bench chisel brands for: ease of sharpening, ergonomics, fit to tasks, and general fit and finish. I compared everything I could get my hands on from ALDI, Harbor Freight, Narex, Irwin Marples, Stanley Sweetheart, and even Lie Nielsen and Veritas. These are all obviously opinions and my methods were anything but scientific, but I hope this gives you a little bit more info before you pick out your next set of chisels. View on You...
I got an awesome buy it now deal on this plane. I did a light clean-up this afternoon to get him in the tool box. The plane got its name from a crudely scrawled owner’s name “Tony” on the side and tote. I’m down to two bedrocks to complete the full set.
I’m in the process of putting together a complete set of combination planes. I recently added a Stanley 55 and some accessories to go with it. I have a small tool cabinet that I am adapting to store the planes. If you need a manual for the 55 one can be found here Combination Plane Manuals Note: The Hollow and Rounds are for use on a 45. The fence configuration is different between the 45 and the 55 and they do not fit on the 55. Photos below.
I recently had the opportunity to have chisels from most of the major North American brands; everything from Harbor Freight, Irwin Marples, Stanley Sweetheart, Narex, Lie Nielsen, Veritas, even ALDI workzone. I put them all through there paces: ergonomics, sharpening, flattening, pairing, dovetails, mortise and tenons, even had cut dadoes. I put this video together to sort of sum up the experience, I sort of buried the lead in the video but here are the cliff notes. Veritas is on it̵...
I found these 2 planes and got them at a decent price.One is a Millers Falls 1455B and the other is a Stanley 103 View more pictures here.
Its been a LONG time, but I’ve finally delivered on the final part of my hand plane restoration. Watch to see how it turned out, and to find out if the results led to deeper in to the use of hand planes or not. Thanks for watching!https://youtu.be/zU8MKtAhs-o
I picked up this little mitre box at a flea market back in August for $6. It came with a Warranted Superior backsaw with a bent back/plate and possibly a replacement handle? That’s another story. Out of all the tools that I have brought home to ‘save’ I’m not sure why this one jumped to the front of the rehab line. Maybe because it didn’t need sharpened. And I was pretty sure I wouldn’t be de-valuing it with refinishing (yeah, I watched a lot of Antiqu...
While at my grandparents house recently, I dug through the basement hoping to find some tools I’d have use for. My great-grandfather was quite the woodworker and while I’ve previously collected a variety of tools from there I decided to focus on things I could use for woodworking with this visit. I found some files, rasps, a saw set, and a variety of hand saws. All need a little work but are in pretty good shape—cleaning, removing rust, and sharpening will put them in great ...
I picked up a few more planes since I got the #5 for my birthday. A friend gave me the the wooden plane on top. I believe it is long enough to be considered a jointer. It is stamped New York Tool on the toe end. He also gave me another # 5. This one is the type 19, second from the right. Also pictured are three #4’s. From left to right they are: 1. A Miller’s Falls parts plane. The side of the plane was broken, but the guy at the antique store threw it in with the oth...
In April, I published a book based on the classes I teach at Woodcraft on using and restoring handplanes. The book is entitled Choosing and Using Handplanes: All You Need to Know to Get Started Planing by Hand. It’s a good resource for beginning handplane users but it also has tables and reference information more experienced users will find helpful. The book, which runs to 90 pages and has nearly 100 color illustrations, covers the following topics: - The types of handplanes, th...
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