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Blog series by Brandon updated 05-07-2013 09:59 PM 3 parts 22100 reads 43 comments total

Part 1: The Slippery Slope

11-23-2011 02:55 PM by Brandon | 8 comments »

I have been on this website for about a year and a half now and posted many projects and forum topics, but I’ve yet to write a single blog post. So here it goes. :-) Over the past year or so I’ve been incorporating more and more hand tools into my arsenal. Lumberjocks is likely at fault, at least in part! I’m by no means a purist or one that despises power tools, but I’ve found a certain enjoyment from the traditional methods. My own renaissance seems to coincide wi...

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Part 2: The Keen Kutter K5 Plane

12-01-2011 01:44 AM by Brandon | 18 comments »

The first bench plane that I purchased was a Buck Bros jack plane. I bought it at Home Depot on a whim. I typically like to research products before purchasing them, but I failed to do that with this plane. It looked nice enough, but I didn’t really know what to look for at the time. Alas, my Buck Bros plane was a big disappointment because I didn’t know how to tune it up and it left a rough, chunky finish on the wood. I wanted to know what was so special about those hand planes that everyone...

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Part 3: Tenon Saw Rehab

05-07-2013 09:59 PM by Brandon | 17 comments »

Here’s an old tenon saw that I purchased from Ebay some time ago. I hadn’t done anything with it for awhile so I decided it was time to stop ignoring it. The maker according to stamp on the spine is Abraham Ashton & Sons, Sheffield. I didn’t know much about the company, but it looked like a good candidate for a rehab. Here's some info on the sawmaker. One of the things that stood out to me was the tapered saw plate (so I thought). The handle, applewood, I believe, ...

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