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Blog entry by johnnz posted 11-23-2008 12:37 PM 659 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, my name is John. I’m 37 and live in Nelson, New Zealand. I own a busy pharmacy ( and have three children so unfortunately don’t get much time woodworking. When I do get some time I want to build a bench. As I’ve discovered, its not easy without one!!

Most of my previous woodworking was functional – renovating two houses and basic MDF joinery. When we sold our last house I got rid of a lot of my power tools (which were well used).

I have a real interest in classic tool collecting as well (mainly planes I’m afraid). My favourites are British infills and American Stanleys. I have some old Stanley’s that need a bit of TLC, a record T5 that needs a side handle, a dusty old Spiers smoother that needs some minor repairs, a Reord 073 that has some seized adjusting screws and a pitted blade and, an early infill (that I suspect is a Norris) that has had the woodwork replaced by a previous owner but needs replacing again (the lie angle is too low and doesn’t open the throat enough).

New Zealand is a great source of tools. We seem to have a good mix of English & American tools and prices are pretty reasonable.

Our timbers are quite different though. We get a little bit of the traditional European and American stuff here but mainly it is native to New Zealand – Rimu, Kauri, Beech (Silver, Red, Black), Matai, Kahikatea, Macrocarpa. I am hoping to get hold of some Black Maire to replace some plane parts. Its a great timber – very dense and cuts well.


-- John

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#1 posted 11-23-2008 12:42 PM

We are glad you have joined us. Looking forward to seeing some projects from the woods you have “down under”.

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#2 posted 11-23-2008 02:43 PM

Welcome to LJ’s.

Can’t wait to see your projects with that New Zealand wood.
Don’t be shy. We all help each other, it’s a great resource.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#3 posted 11-23-2008 03:09 PM

John, Welcome to LumberJocks. Look forward to seeing your projects with some of that wood you mentioned. There are number of people around here that like the classic tools as well and some hints for cleaning and tuning them up. Just ask.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 11-23-2008 03:15 PM

Hello John and welcome. Glad you found us! I have never heard of any of those woods except for the Beech. Can’t wait to see some projects. Remember….no project is too small to share.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#5 posted 11-24-2008 12:19 AM

Thanks guys, looking forward to help and inspiration from the site. I have had a brief look at some of the projects and they are amazing.

-- John

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#6 posted 11-25-2008 12:28 AM

Thanks for the personal background info, John. It is wonderful to have you on-board.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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