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Return of “The Daily Matt?”

July 15, 20150 Comments

Don’t let the title get your hopes up, cause it’s not actually coming back. But while I’m stepping out of the shop and enjoying the warm days of summer making plans for upcoming projects, grilling, and watching my son mow the grass, I thought you might like to revisit all 86 episodes of “The Daily […]

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The Daily Matt No. 86

March 31, 20100 Comments

It’s time to wrap up our discussion of the block planes. Hopefully I’ve answered some questions and explained the how’s and why’s of using the block plane. It’s an important tool for all kinds of woodshops; powertool, handtool or hybrid. Regardless of whether it’s a low-angle or standard angle block plane, the block plane is […]

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The Daily Matt No. 85

March 28, 20100 Comments

Today’s episode for The Daily Matt is a quick demo of the basic tasks in my own workshop that the block plane takes care of for me. They’re very simple tasks, but almost no other plane does them as well. It’s easy to manipulate the plane to do what I need and get the results […]

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The Daily Matt No. 84

March 24, 20100 Comments

While I had originally planned for today’s episode to be a look at the different ways I use my block plane, but what I decided to do instead for was to demonstrate how and what I prefer to tweak on a block plane when it’s needed. Just like with any other tool, there are some […]

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The Daily Matt No. 82

March 17, 20100 Comments

Continuing along with the discussion on block planes, today’s episode is an overview of some of the features I consider important in a block plane. Whether it’s the overall size of the body, the angle of the bed or something as simple as the feel of the front knob. Hopefully the things we talk about […]

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The Daily Matt No. 81

March 14, 20101 Comment

Block planes are small but extremely versatile tools that fit into your shop regardless of whether your a powertool user or a handtool user. Block planes fall in the family of bench planes and can be used for just about every job from rough to finish. There is some confusion about the standard and low-angle […]

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The Daily Matt No. 80

February 28, 20102 Comments

Busy, busy weekend! Not much woodworking, but I did have a chance to visit The Woodworking Shows in the Detroit, Michigan area. I haven’t been to one in years, and I was asked by a vendor if I’d shoot some demo video of them for their website. A chance to get paid to visit a […]

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The Daily Matt No.79

February 24, 20100 Comments

It’s time to move from bench planes to specialty planes. While bench planes are very versatile tools that can be used for multiple tasks, specialty planes are very single task oriented. But when you choose the right one, that task is done extremely well and quickly! With specialty planes there are two families. One is […]

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The Daily Matt No.78

February 21, 20100 Comments

A listener asked about an unique looking hand plane he had in his collection. Is it important, does it make a huge difference when you use it? What is this unique hand plane he’s asking about? A corrugated sole hand plane. Unlike a typical smooth bottom hand plane, a corrugated plane has grooves or sometimes […]

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The Daily Matt No.77

February 17, 20102 Comments

For today’s episode we have a question from a listener regarding how to adjust the blade of a wooden bodied plane. As I had discussed earlier, wooden bodied planes don’t have mechanical adjusters like their metal-bodied cousins. But adjusting them is practically just as easy. All it takes for quick adjustments is a small hammer […]

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