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Workshop by Derek Cohen posted 07-16-2007 05:09 PM 16527 reads 7 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Although I do have the usual power tools (tablesaw with sliding table, bandsaw, router table, jointer thicknesser, floor standing drill press and lathe…. I do prefer hand tools …


My “Saw Tree” ... most used dovetail and tenon saws …


A few close ups … Japanese chisels (left) and re-handled Bergs (right)


... HNT Gordon planes (left), LV planes (right)


... infills, block planes, shoulder planes …


Grinder, lathe and drill press ..


...and a more typical state …. (just building a box) ... !


Regards from Perth


-- Buildiing furniture, and reviewing and building tools at

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#1 posted 07-16-2007 06:28 PM

Wow! Quite a set up! Thanks for sharing.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#2 posted 07-16-2007 08:40 PM

Wonderful shop. Love the plane storage (and planes)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 07-16-2007 09:02 PM

beautiful work area… very inspiring

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 07-16-2007 09:13 PM

beautiful planes and chisels all I can say is envy

-- piper

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#5 posted 08-03-2007 05:16 PM

love the colection of hand tools, wish i had more and the knowlege to use them, all in good time

-- mjhaines

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#6 posted 08-03-2007 06:28 PM

Excellent collection of hand tools Derek.

Wayne, don’t be drooling on those planes. You know how much work it takes to get the rust off of them…

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#7 posted 08-03-2007 07:52 PM

Thanks for sharing all the photos of the shop – just wonderful!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#8 posted 08-05-2007 03:14 PM

I always love seeing pics of your shop Derek.

-- Brent - Shreveport, Louisiana

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#9 posted 08-13-2007 04:39 PM

Great assortment of hand tools.

-- John

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Scott Bryan

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#10 posted 04-02-2008 01:11 PM


You have a nice shop and a wonderful collection of hand tools. Use of hand tools is something of a lost art among a large portion of this community. It is refreshing to see someone who prefers using hand tools with which to work wood. Very commendable.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#11 posted 06-27-2008 06:36 AM

G’Day Derek, great set of tools. I like the sofa table.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 07-01-2008 12:52 AM

That was incredible, for me its a”I wish ” list.
Thanks for sharing

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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Derek Cohen

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#13 posted 07-01-2008 02:57 AM

Many thanks for all the very kind comments.

In recent months I have begun rebuilding the workshop – first time in 12 years. The latest cabinet to go up is dedicated to spokeshaves, plough planes and braces.

Dovetailed carcass in Pine, dressed up with Jarrah doors and fittings. Internals are sliding dovetails and stopped dados. Everything cut by hand.

Regards from Perth


-- Buildiing furniture, and reviewing and building tools at

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#14 posted 03-01-2009 11:48 PM

Wow..what a selection of tools..they are just plane….oops I mean plain beautiful!!

-- amos

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Craftsman on the lake

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#15 posted 03-02-2009 12:10 AM

Nothing better than looking a nice tools next to having them yourself! Very nice.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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