Category Archives: Hand planes

My Stanley 60 ½ block plane makeover-PM-V11® blade upgrade

This is one of the first woodworking tools I ever owned. According to Patrick Leach of Patrick’s Blood and Gore Stanley plane pages, on the one hand “The plane is a must-have for woodworkers,” while on the other hand, you … Continue reading

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Destoration of a Stanley #80 Cabinet Scraper

A couple of years ago, I was rummaging through a dusty box of vintage tools at an estate sale. My wish list at the time included a Stanley #80 cabinet scraper. I wanted something for wily-grained woods. That’s because my … Continue reading

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Rehabbing a Coffin Smoother For Use In My Shop

History, curiosity, performance. Those are the three things that motivated me to add a coffin smoother to my tool kit. I got this plane at an antique mall in Scottsdale last summer. It had air conditioning and I reasoned that … Continue reading

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Spicing up your handtool life with unusual planes

When I first got into hand planes, I focused on picking up bench planes for use in my shop. Then I started adding specialty planes, like a scrub plane to dimension wood. After that it was joinery planes (plow, rabbet … Continue reading

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Rehabbing a SB Router Plane #71 Type 8

My tool kit has longed for a router plane for some time. Why? Because my dados need their bottoms flattened to a consistent depth. Because my rabbets need to be trued—and to the same depth. Because my tenons need to … Continue reading

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Rehabbing a SB #5C-Putting a decade’s old tool back to work.

Here’s a SB #5C I picked up at an estate sale. I actually had a frown on my face when I first spied it because I had just finished looking at some overpriced saws in very sorry condition. The eight … Continue reading

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How to (and not to) repair that tote: My Stanley Bailey #7 Type 11 journey

When I first got back into woodworking, there was a period where I scoured Ebay for hand planes. Along the way I picked up a Stanley Bailey #7, Type 11 jointer for $61.04. At the time, I thought it was … Continue reading

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Rehabbing a Stanley #3 Smoother

For years now, I’ve been lusting after a #3, so I bit the bullet and picked up a Type 11 to go with my other Type 11s (8, 7, 5, 4). It’s been in my shop getting acquainted with its … Continue reading

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Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event, Denver, November 4th-5th, 2011

When I first got into woodworking a few years ago, I started coming across the names of makers of fine hand tools. Lee Valley, Bad Axe, and of course, Lie Nielsen. The Lie Nielsen catalog is ever present on my … Continue reading

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Keyholder project-Haunted by a ghost from Christmas past.

Last Christmas, Mom saw a quaint keyholder at a local shop. It had an Italian theme which she liked. But the price was steep considering the simple wood design so I said I’d make her one. And then I forgot. … Continue reading

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