Category Archives: Personal Favorites

Jennie Alexander’s Bench Hook

Jennie Alexander requested that I show a photo of her bench hook (aka planing stop) that is made with a bit of saw steel. If you look close you can see the mortise she cut in front of the wooden … Continue reading

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The History of Wood, Part 17

As many of you know, The History of Wood was my idea of a woodworker version of a comic strip. All of the past ones were written over 20 years ago for a living history newsletter called the Phish Wrap. … Continue reading

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Beading Planes? Talk to Caleb

The most infectious hand tool I own is a 3/16” beading plane that has a permanent space in my traveling tool chest. Nearly every woodworker who uses it becomes possessed by the entirely sane desire to own one (or three) … Continue reading

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‘I Don’t See that Going Anywhere’

If you frequent Lie-Nielsen Toolworks events you may have run into Roger Benton. He is one of the show crew that demonstrates Lie-Nielsen tools and lifts large crates of tools at the end of the show. When we travel to … Continue reading

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Reminder: Midwest Wood Sale this Weekend

Come to Cincinnati this weekend to scarf up the wood that is left at Midwest Woodworking at a significant discount – 25 percent off the already-low prices for solid wood and 40 percent off veneer. Midwest is located at 4019 … Continue reading

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The History of Wood, Part 16

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Knowing Your Onions

Part 3 of a British Introduction to Japanese Planes This is the third in a short series on Japanese planes. I am doing this to get to the bottom of an interesting, very simple but highly developed tool for creating … Continue reading

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