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bench planes – thick or thin irons?

From the time they were introduced in the 1860s by Leonard Bailey, until recently, metal bench planes were supplied with thin irons. ...

bench planes – tapered or parallel blades?

This article is about wooden planes, but there is an interesting parallel between the blade choices available to wooden plane users...

bench planes – honing

Once you’ve ground the blade to to about the right angle then you need to hone it in order to create a...

bench planes – sharpening angles

Once you have established the rough shape of the bevel (see previous post) the next step, referred to as honing or...

bench planes – grinding

Working on the bevel – the mechanical approach There are two basic techniques – the first method I’ll describe is the...

bench planes – preparing the iron

Sharpening the iron – part I – options for preparing the face of the plane iron. A quick trawl of the...

bench planes – flattening the sole

In the previous post we found out how to check your plane’s sole for flatness.   If you buy a new...

bench planes – how flat does the sole need to be?

Given the function of bench planes, it is unsurprising that the sole of your plane should be flat but views differ...

bench planes – the cap iron

You might recall that the cap iron is the steel metal part that is held on top of the cutting iron with a...

Setting up and sharpening bench planes (intro)

Here is what I discovered about setting up and sharpening bench planes. If you read some of the many bench plane discussions on...

How to refurbish a bench plane

How to refurbish a bench plane

This post describes how to refurbish a bench plane.  To show what can be done with even the most unpromising...

Dating record bench planes

The most complete reference I could find about dating record bench planes is by David Lynch: http://www.recordhandplanes.com …and the information in...

Record bench planes – a brief history

Old Record bench planes show up on Ebay UK on a weekly basis and are frequently described by optimistic sellers as “Vintage”,...

Buying used bench planes on ebay

As I mentioned earlier, my foray into buying used bench planes on ebay is inspired by Paul Sellars, a British woodworker...

Starting out with bench planes

The plan was to acquire hand tools as I needed them and since I had to remove about 5 mm from the top of my bench vice...

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Starting woodworking

Everyone is on a “journey” these days, and now I am too – my journey into woodworking has begun. I...

Workshop Storage

I made some shelving and an open sided bookcase type affair. This was an opportunity to try out a very...

Dust Collection – Final Touches

You may recall that I have set up my dust collection in such a way as there is no path for...

Festool CTL SYS Mobile Dust Extractor Review

Here is a review of the Festool CTL SYS from the perspective of the small workshop user. Until a couple...

Static Electricity and the Oneida Ultimate Dust Deputy

Some Festool vacuum owners had issues with the original Ultimate Dust Deputy (UDD), apparently because it caused a static build...