I’ve always been fascinated by the Stanley #45 contraption—with all its knobs and screws and accessories. It was tailor-made for folks who love gear and accoutrements. And to justify its purchase, I reasoned that I would put it in my Dutch tool ch...
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When I first got into woodworking, I bought some Norton water stones. They were messy, required constant flattening and I never did get good results with them. So I went with the Scary Sharp (SS) method. And very quickly, I got consistent, shav...
When I was new to woodworking, I didn’t see much use for marking knives. But, people whose work I admired used them regularly, so I tried them. And my joinery improved. Marking knives have contributed to tighter, more accurate and better-fitting j...
Tooling up with estate sales-How to equip your hand-tool shop for pennies on the dollar #5: Last bonus tip
In this last installment, I talk about other treasures to enrich your life. Bonus Tip #11: Look for other stuff too.Once you’ve made two rounds in the tool-rich areas (garage, basement, outside shed), take a moment to just look around. Seek out...
Tip #10: Don’t leave before fishing out the good deals.In my experience, my competitors usually go right to the tools. Remember the estate sale I showed up to only to be greeted by the guy with 10 handsaws in his box? That deflated me a little. Bu...