DVD review – Japanese Handplanes with Jay van Arsdale

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DVD review – Japanese Handplanes  with Jay van Arsdale

Don’t know about you but I like Japanese tools. I suspect I’m not the only one. There is an elegance to their simplicity which really speaks to me. That said, getting the best out of them can seem rather bewildering. Japanese handplanes are a good example of this. They seem so simple yet as we […]

shaving braces – Kunz squirrel tail plane

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shaving braces – Kunz squirrel tail plane

 Kunz planes …don’t exactly have a very good reputation. Least the bench planes don’t. I tried one once and my teeth are still chattering. But I’ve been carving braces with one of these little squirrel tail planes for a few years now. Mind that’s not how I was taught – I was taught to use […]

Sharpening thumb plane blades

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Sharpening thumb plane blades

Sharpening thumb plane blades   …can be a bit of a pain, which is why I made this little gadget.     I use those minature  violin makers planes quite a bit these days – for shaping braces and for shaping the bridge after it’s glued to the top, but getting a good keen edge on […]

The best sharpening jig in the world pt2

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The best sharpening jig in the world pt2

Is this the best sharpening jig ever? Following a post a couple of weeks back, I had a few emails asking about my version of the jig. well here it is – it ain’t pretty but it really is great.     Instead of a metal rod with an adjustable collar I’ve used the leg […]

The best sharpening jig I’ve ever seen!

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The best sharpening jig I’ve ever seen!

Amazing chisel sharpening jig from Japan!   Saw this on YouTube, and I had to share it with you.     And this one for those little narrow chisels:     Japanese plane blades?     I’ve made my own version using a leg from an old camera tripod to adjust the height/angle, and rather […]