My Favorite Tools: Sharpening with Dia-Sharp Bench Stones

When is a tool sharp enough? Over the years, I have realized that what I thought was sharp at one time simply doesn’t produce the quality of what I want or need today.  For power tools, there is a balance in the level of sharpness because of the nature of the cutting edge. Most carbideContinue reading “My Favorite Tools: Sharpening with Dia-Sharp Bench Stones”

My Favorite Tools: A Plane that Breaks the Mold

Most of the hand planes in the shop have some common characteristics, whether small or large. They have a flat base with a space that allows a blade to protrude and when pushed or pulled to take thin shavings of wood. Most planes we think of are metal, but wood planes are also popular andContinue reading “My Favorite Tools: A Plane that Breaks the Mold”

My Favorite Tools: Hand Planes (part 1)

About twenty years ago, I inherited some power tools from my grandfather, who had died several years before. After his retirement, he bought and turned houses that needed refurbishing and had a nice shop for that purpose. I received a Delta contractor table saw, a Porter-Cable router and circular saw, a Bosch belt sander, aContinue reading “My Favorite Tools: Hand Planes (part 1)”