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Blog series by Eric updated 10-17-2009 01:33 AM 5 parts 7101 reads 42 comments total

Part 1: Mini Block Plane

01-31-2008 02:49 PM by Eric | 6 comments »

I’m starting a new series with this post, figuring that I’ll want to talk more about old and new tools in the future. I was in a random hardware store today when I saw a couple of these little guys sitting on the shelf. I thought, for $9, why not? Rosewood body, with a small brass wear strip on the bottom. The blade is 7/8” wide, and seems to be positioned well in the mouth. It’s probably a crappy blade, but I’m decent at sharpening, so that should be surm...

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Part 2: Who Needs a Ryobi When You Have a Ryoba?

02-18-2008 03:11 PM by Eric | 4 comments »

I just posted a review here on LumberJocks on my new Japanese ryoba saw. Click here to read it. But the picture I took today was so cool I wanted to post it here as well. This is a shot of three boards: the first was cut by my Stanley crosscut saw, the second was cut by my Crown gent’s saw, and the third was cut by my new ryoba. Is there really any comparison? Click on the picture for a more impressive larger view:

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Part 3: The Most Embarrassing Tools I Own

04-22-2008 11:10 AM by Eric | 20 comments »

This post was inspired by one with a nearly identical name over at Modern Woodshop. It seemed worthy of being classified as a meme, so let’s all join in and share our own personal embarrassments. As for me, I don’t own all that many tools yet, so I have had fewer chances to make dumb purchases. While Dave has six tools of which he’s embarrassed, I only have three. And here they are: 3. Bevel gauge kit (via eBay). I wanted a bevel gauge. On the one hand, I didn’t ...

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Part 4: The Tools I'm Most Proud Of

04-25-2008 06:02 AM by Eric | 8 comments »

After talking about the most embarrassing tools I own, I thought it would be good to get my mind off of these purchases by talking about my favorite tools in the shop. Feel free to add yours in the comments, or on your own blog (and post the link in the comments). 3. My Irwin chisels. From what I hear, Irwin chisels haven’t lost much of the original quality that their predecessor Marples provided. And I love ‘em. Use ‘em all the time. The best thing? If I ever do run out ...

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Part 5: Hugemongous Flea Market. One Purchase.

10-17-2009 01:33 AM by Eric | 4 comments »

I mentioned on my blog that I planned on going to the world's largest flea market in Canton, Texas. Well, I went a couple weeks ago, and was both overwhelmed and underwhelmed. The size of the flea market was staggering. But what was more surprising was the ridonculous amount of garbage that people were selling. From the standpoint of tools, I found that 80% of the tools were covered in rust, 10% were too ordinary to even bother looking at, 5% were grossly overpriced and 5% were worth consi...

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