design

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 – 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 – flattening the sole

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

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...

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”,...

woodwork

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...

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...

Will Static Electricity Fry My Tools?

As mentioned in an earlier post, I did a fair amount of research before settling on my preferred option for...

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