My Woodworking Journey #1: Having The Right Tool for The Job

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Blog entry by Gerald Etto posted 10-05-2020 02:16 PM 723 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I started woodworking as a hobby almost three years ago, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I started with a lathe, and invested a lot into chisels, grinders, chucks and other lathe tools.

Then I wanted to learn flatwork. So I invested in a table saw, drill press, hand drills, random orbit sander and a belt sander. A lot of money spent, while not really getting anything back in terms of sales.

The frustrating part of machine tools is accuracy. I soon realized, only hand tools can give me the accuracy I needed for the final part of making anything. So I bought a couple of Stanley planes from eBay. Due to some trigger-happy bidding, I bought more than what I needed at that point:

- Stanley #4, #5 and #7
- Stanley router plane
- Record shoulder plane
- Record #4.5 smoothing plane
- Record spokeshave
- Taytools #5 jack plane (new)
- Record plough plane

I restored every plane I bought, then hardly used most of them, especially the shoulder plane and router plane.

Well today, I cut some grooves for a very small box I am making, and it turned out to be less than accurate. My single blade on the table say didn’t make flat cuts. So I had to use the Record shoulder plane to finish the cut.

At this point, I was really happy to have purchased the Record almost a year ago. When only a specific tool does the job well, and you have the tool, you really feel like you made some smart decisions.

How about you, what is the tool you bought but never used, until that one task that absolutely required it?

-- Weekend Woodworker @

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#1 posted 10-05-2020 04:36 PM

A miniature Veritas router plane. I used it to cut a groove for some inlay on a pair of winding sticks.

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#2 posted 10-09-2020 01:59 AM

A miniature Veritas router plane. I used it to cut a groove for some inlay on a pair of winding sticks.

- 55woodbutcher

Nice! What’s the smallest groove it can cut?

-- Weekend Woodworker @

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