Levelonlevel's Workshop

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My workshop is small, basically a garage. For power tools I have a 10” table saw,10” mitre saw that is hardly ever used, 14” band saw and some miscellaneous sanders and other small power tools. I make most things now by hand and rely heavily on my handsaws, hand planes, chisels, mallet, rasps and a lot of hand sanding that is slowly being replaced by smooth planing and scraping. Because I restore levels, I have a router table that is employed occasionally, but even that is hardly used.

My tool cabinet is wall mounted and was designed for the way I work. I have a floor chest that I used for years, but my bad habits eventually had tools scattered throughout the shop, so the wall cabinet and discipline of using the workbench has accomplished two important goals: one to be more organized and two to transition to the older way of woodworking. Not that there’s anything wrong with modern techniques, as they increase production and accuracy tenfold. No, it is to get back in touch with what it was like to be a wood worker before there was electricity and battery packs for my own reasons and purposes. I have also discovered that my personal safety is increased ten fold without all the power stuff.

As a freelance writer, my novels are about people who worked with wood and other mediums and I want to know what it felt like to build pieces without all the modern conveniences as I did when I was learning the trade. I’m not writing about the technical aspects of old fashioned wood joinery. I’m writing about people and how they lived and felt about what they did.

-- A craftsman is not judged by the tools they have, but rather by what they can do with what they have..

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#1 posted 04-08-2013 04:58 PM

That is quite a workshop and a wonderful tool collection.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 04-08-2013 05:42 PM

Beautiful tool cabinet and workshop. I suspected it was you when you mentioned that you restored levels and sold on ebay. We have discussed your levels and the tool cabinet behind them in the pictures here before. You are already known here. Don’t worry, it’s all good stuff. :)

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#3 posted 04-09-2013 10:24 AM

Nice Shop there


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 04-10-2013 01:17 PM

Awesome workshop!
I love the tool cabinet, reminds me of the 1920’s Henry Studley tool cabinet that I believe is in the Smithsonian museum. I have a framed picture of it in my office. I have a feeling you know exactly which one I’m refering to. It was featured in Fine Woodworking too. Only your cabinet seems more practical and user friendly.

I plan on rebuilding my tool wall some day soon using your cabinet for inspiration. There are still a few tools I need to fill in the gaps in my collection, like a #1 Stanley plane and a perfect Disston 12” back saw with lettering.

But the Cherry Stanley #25 level you refinished that I bought from you will be positioned right in the middle.

I definitely would be interested in reading some of your stories too.

Glad your here.

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#5 posted 04-14-2013 03:34 AM

A most impressive tool cabinet full of great tools. Anyone would be proud to have that in their shop. You should be proud.

-- JustplaneJeff

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#6 posted 04-14-2013 03:52 AM

wow, you have an amazing tool cabinet! If your cabinet looks that good, the projects you turn out must be incredible!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#7 posted 04-14-2013 04:12 AM

Great shop and super tools.

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#8 posted 04-14-2013 11:36 AM

Thank you all for your kind words.

-- A craftsman is not judged by the tools they have, but rather by what they can do with what they have..

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#9 posted 05-05-2013 03:46 AM

Beautiful to look at. Must be a great place to work.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#10 posted 02-07-2014 01:38 AM

If I had to do it all over again I might be a neanderthal too. I have too many power tools to turn back now.

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#11 posted 04-02-2014 12:19 PM

I haven’t seen those Tennants lager cans since the seventies. I didn’t know they were sold in the US. Are they the cans with the “dolly birds” on the reverse side?

Nice shop BTW.


-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#12 posted 05-01-2015 03:47 PM

Nice shop and I appreciate the hand tool vibe. Your wooden planes look immaculate. If you could post some links to the books you’ve written, I’m sure I’m not the only LJ member who would like to buy them.

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