Hand planes

Old tools made new

February 15, 20165 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve picked up an “old tool” and made any attempt at restoring it. Early in my woodworking career it was a great way to outfit my shop with tools I either needed, or thought I needed (in other words, feed my addiction!) One problem I ran into frequently was that […]

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“Ham Hands” revisits the scene of the crime part 2

March 27, 20140 Comments

If you’re like I was when the hand tool bug bit, you looked at the premium hand planes and thought “…there’s no way I’m spending that much money for those!” My…how times have changed! And just like me you probably decided to do a little research on “vintage” planes, because you heard they’re a lot […]

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“Ham Hands” revisits the scene of the crime part 1

March 19, 20140 Comments

A lot of time has passed since I originally posted a couple of videos on the topic of lapping your hand planes, and while it’s not unusual to revisit a given topic every now and then this is one that I’ve gone out of my way to avoid. So why finally revisit after all this […]

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Basic Hand Plane Maintenance from Lee Valley

May 7, 20134 Comments

Over the years one question I get frequently is in regards to hand plane maintenance. Especially when it comes to what someone should do to keep their newly purchased hand planes from getting ruined. The folks over at Lee Valley put out a short but sweet video that hits the most important areas of any […]

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496 Bedside Tables Pt 2

November 17, 20129 Comments

Welcome back to part 2 of the Bedside Table Build. We again have some wide panels that will make up the sides of the tables and they need to be milled and glued up. But rather than tackling the task by “going ALL hand plane” on the wide boards like last week I decided to […]

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495 Bedside Tables Pt 1

November 4, 201213 Comments

I’m sure you’ve heard the trope “The cobbler’s children have no shoes”? Well the same thing in the Vanderlist household can be said about furniture. Around here it feels like I’m always making something for someone else’s house (or more than likely for my shop). For a long time now my wife Samantha has been […]

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482 Building a Hock smoothing plane kit pt 2

April 1, 20124 Comments

On today’s episode we wrap up the construction of the Hock Smoothing Plane Kit from Hock Tools. Last week we assembled the pieces, glued it all up and set it aside to dry in the clamps. Today we start the work to make it a fully functioning hand plane. I’ll walk you through one method […]

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481 Building a Hock Smoothing kit pt 1

March 25, 20129 Comments

Today’s episode is the first in a two (maybe three) part build series featuring the Hock Smoothing Plane Kit from Hock Tools. Previously we had such success building the Hock Shoulder Plane it only seemed like a great idea to come back and build this kit. Just like before, all the materials for successfully building […]

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476 Which shoulder plane?

February 5, 20123 Comments

Today’s episode is the first of a series answering many of the questions and topic suggestions you the audience have sent me over the last 6 years. I frequently get questions regarding choosing tools, stock, projects and great feedback on things we’ve already covered. Unfortunately I haven’t had a chance, all that often, to take […]

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458 Building A Hock Shoulder Plane

May 20, 20117 Comments

Maybe I’m getting a little kit crazy, but I’ve built my second hand plane from a kit and I’m loving it. In today’s episode I’m showing off my new Hock Shoulder Plane that I built a few weeks ago. It’s a great way to spend some time in the shop and have something you’ll use […]

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