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Blog entry by Lazy_K posted 02-16-2014 06:27 PM 6869 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

seems like showing off one’s Shop built or home-made tools is de rigueur here so I’ll get it over with fast!
Over the years I have built many tools and jigs. some were failures, most were not.
The main thing is there are a lot of tools that you could buy, but also that you could just make! like marking gauges and scratch stocks, for starters. I don’t expect making your own saw to be everyones cuppa, nor making your own hand plane, but big compasses and other marking tools, yeah.

this sunplane was one of my first planes, i made it for use at a coopering class. while not a failure, it doesn’t get used.

this round soled plane I made for chairmaking class. it also doesn’t get used. the Travisher leaves a better finish.

this Scrub Plane gets used a lot!

a set of Finger planes in rosewood, the biggest 2 get used most.

5 “frame” or “turning” saws that I made the frames for.

Handles! you gots to be able to make your own handles!

make your own compasses, you really should.

Panel gauge

Marking gauges and bowl depth gauge. Making gauges is so simple that I am often perplexed that some people don’t do it.

1/2” shoulder plane made from a kit, center finder gauge for round stuff, ball ender for 1” rod, scratch stocks, and my violin peg shaver.

And a tool absolutely no one needs today, a spill plane.

OOps almost left out my chair making tools! all of these are made from Osage Orange,the top two are spokeshaves made with blades from Daves shaves and have bone inserts. The next 3 are go-devils (scrapers for chair making), if you make a go-devil the throat opening is critical!!! and the clamp/front pieces are bloodwood, the blades cut from an old cross cut saw blade.

I made this inshave from a badly damaged drawknife, previous owners had used ti to split wood…hammering and twisting it. I tossed it into the forge and reworked it into a useable tool.

this 1” Rounder plane is made from Roy Underhill’s directions. it gets a lot of use.

even though making your own hand tools is the theme today I thought I’d toss in my:

table saw! made from Gilliom Mfg Parts and Plans

and my vacuum pump for my veneer press, made with parts and instructions from

There are more, maybe I’ll add them when I see them.


-- Kai SaerPren

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#1 posted 02-16-2014 06:39 PM

Nice shop made tool arsenal!

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#2 posted 02-16-2014 07:50 PM

Yes we love shop made tools here! And yours are a nice addition. Love the planes you make. Thanks for sharing!

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#3 posted 02-16-2014 08:16 PM

Cool….. but I know what a spill plane is used for! LOL

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#4 posted 02-22-2014 06:45 PM

hi: Dallas- if you know what it’s for then you know it’s not really needed, however, i find that if you keep a block of wax next to you when using it, and rub the board on the wax after every pass the spills work better.

-- Kai SaerPren

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