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Plane and Simple

Planes are the epitome of fine woodworking and have four jobs in the shop: to straighten, flatten, smooth and remove wood. Simple, but many woodworkers are confused by all the different sizes of bench planes available.  Stanley has at least 9 planes, from the tiny 5-1/2″-long No. 1 smooth plane (If you have one of these let me know I gladly give you $500 for it), up to the monstrous 24″- long No. 8 jointer plane. (some planes like shoes have increases of 1/2 sizes so Stanley have some 15+ planes between #1 and #8)  Check out The Superior Works Perhaps the webs best repository of plane info.

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Jarvi Bench

This is probably one of the best woodworking video I have seen in a long time. From cutting the tree, milling the timber, making insane cuts, steam bending with incredible jigs, sanding, and finishing. 

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The Joiner's Tool Kit - Part 1

Many of you that are reading this are seasoned woodworkers, but some of you are just starting out...

When I was 7 I received my first tool kit - one of those wooden box affairs. It had everything a joiner-in-the-making needed - a key tool that was not included was a mentor.  In the early days this was my Father, who could turn his hand to anything and I mostly learned by observation and being a 'helping hand', after that it was my secondary school woodworking teacher - Ted Edwards a wonderful character, that instilled in me a love of woodworking, discipline in the shop and the care of tools.

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Plane Stop

The gap stop works very well when planing perpendicularly to the gap stop.  However, any planing at an angle less than 60 to the gap stop (such as when flattening a board), cause the board to slide along the bench.

By adding a notch to the top side of the gap stop and inserting a piece of wood this issue was resolved.

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Woodworking Humour - How NOT to Hammer a Nail

For Christmas I was given a set of Audel's Carpenter's & Builder's Guide Vol. 1-4 1923 and have been working my way through them.

Vol. 1 covers planes to chisels to saws to drills to measuring tools
Vol. 2 covers builders math and drawing and plans
Vol. 3 covers framing and roofing and layouts
Vol. 4 covers doors, windows, stairs, mill-work and painting

Over 1400 pages of illustrations and insightful how-to and interestingly enough how-not-to (not necessarily the best way to teach techniques).

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