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Hand Planes


Skew Block or Rabbet ?

Veritas Skew Block plane and the larger, Skew Rabbet plane. (back left)

  In the last video post, The Architect’s Table part twelve, I used my Skew Block plane to form the tenon portion of the bread board ends. If you watch the video, you’ll see that once the tenon shoulder is well established with the skew…


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Jack in the Blocks

Planing end grain with a low angle block plane.

  Planing end grain can be a challenge. Yes, a sharp iron is a good place to start, but what are the best tools to use? A reader, recently asked me how I prevent tear out, when planing end grain with a block plane. Let’s…


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6 Ways to Cut a Rabbet

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A reader recently asked which tools he could use to cut a rabbet joint. Truth is, there are many ways to execute this joint. Here are six methods along with his original question: Hi Tom. In my next project I need to make a Rabbet. …


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From the Rabbet to the Shoulder

Skew Rabbet and Large Shoulder Plane

One of the most common joints in woodworking is a rabbet joint. A rabbet, or, (for my friends across the pond), a rebate, is a recess or groove cut into the edge of a plank. When viewed in cross-section, a rabbet is two-sided and open…


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Letting it Slide

Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane

Whenever I use a hand plane, I keep a lubricant nearby. Lubricating the sole of the tool reduces friction and allows it glide across the wood with very little effort. I’ve seen many different products used and thought it worth mentioning here in this short…


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Hands as hands…

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“It is a tragedy of the first magnitude that millions of people have ceased to use their hands as hands.Nature has bestowed upon us this great gift which is our hands. If the craze for machinery methods continues, it is highly likely that a time…


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PM-V11

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PM-V11. Sounds like a new music video station, no? I know I’m a little late on this post but I wanted to share my two cents about the new steel alloy from Veritas. So what is PM-V11? PM refers to the process known as powder…


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New Offerings from Veritas

Veritas Small Plow Plane with 1/2-in. cutter and conversion kit installed.

One of my favorite, and most used tools has to be the Small Plow Plane by Veritas. I reach for it on almost every project I make and just recently, Lee Valley has come up with a few new additions to make this already great…


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Everything Old is New Again.

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Once again Joel Moskowitz’s blog over at Tools for Working Wood has got me extremely excited. ( that just sounds wrong but please, humor me ) Joel posted a link to an absolutely gorgeous 1869 Franz Wertheim tool catalog that had been acquired by Princeton…


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Bent Laminations and the Path of Least Resistance

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In my last post I made a coopered door for a new cabinet I’m building. The design features two curved doors, the one coopered and the other a bent lamination and mirror image, although taller version of the first. ( coopered on left hand side…


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Almost Old Street Tools

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I had a great class this morning with Dave from Oakville. We chatted about design philosophy and sharpening routines, from hand planes and back to workbench design.

We managed to make some shavings after some sharpening techniques, a bit of sawing and again it was tool talk. A very fine class you might say. So, what could make a good class better? Dave brought along 4 of his wooden bodied Clark and Williams hand planes.


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The devil in the details

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few months back I wrote a review for Canadian Woodworking Magazine on some low-angle block planes. One of the planes was the new Veritas DX 60, I had been using it for a few weeks at the time of the article and I think I might have made a comment that it wasn’t the most comfortable plane in the lot but excelled everywhere else I could see.


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The New 140 Plane

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I received a letter from Robert Troup and wanted to share it with you.

In these days of hand tool revolution with all of the high end, boutique products on the market it was refreshing to see this kind of ingenuity.

Thanks again Robert.

Cheers!


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Two Planes are Better than One

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Two planes are better than one. Well, duh….of course they are! (especially if you have a hand tool ‘problem’  like yours truly?) But seriously, having two planes, in this case two block planes set up at different depths really saves time while working through a…


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X-Skews Me…

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Well, well- look what we have here…a brand new (right handed) skew block plane from Veritas. Now you’re probably thinking ‘not another skewed plane’ or ‘isn’t it the same as the original Stanley 140 or the Lie Nielsen skew block?’ the answer is ‘yes’- and….well- ‘no’.


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Detail Rabbet Plane

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So my latest project was installed last week and I’m doing a bit of R&D these past few days on stage two of the design but wanted to mention these new little planes being offered by Veritas here in Canada. The Detail Rabbet Planes were…


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