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Blog entry by kenn posted 08-09-2013 01:17 AM 3215 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I seem to be falling deeper and deeper down the hand tool rabbit hole. Somewhere near the bottom of that hole, a guy orders a half set of hollows and rounds from Matt Bickford and waits about 18 months to open the box.

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They sure are packed nice. I won’t need to buy any burlap for a while, probably ever. They look nice on the table and I feel like it is Christmas morning.

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The rabbit and side round planes with shavings!

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Thanks Matt, but I have plenty of shavings spread throughout the house by the cats, I don’t need you to send me more.

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Actually, that was to show the proper blade position for those planes. Let’s open some more.

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This is what a “Matched Pair” looks like. Sweeeet. I love it.

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Bonus picture of a plane body, iron and wedge.

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If you wonder why a person would buy a new wooden body plane when there are so many olds one out there, look at how tight this mouth is then go look at the antique one’s mouth. Plus, somebody has to feed Matt’s kids. And I want to spend my shop time making heirloom furniture for my family (just in case the wife checks up on me). ;)

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I also bought a pair of side rounds

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and a pair of snipes bill.

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Here is a shot of the family (argh! Stupid photobucket cuts off the snipe bills, trust me, they are there).

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Now I’ll be making a proper home for these babies and adding molding to anything that stops moving. Watch out!

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#1 posted 08-09-2013 01:54 AM

Wow beautiful.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 08-09-2013 01:55 AM

You had the box hidden in the shop so the wife wouldn’t see it.

She go on a mini vacation so you can bring it in to the dinning room table?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 08-09-2013 01:14 PM

What beauties!!
Now you’ll need to create a special home, in the shop, for them!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Don Broussard

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#4 posted 08-09-2013 02:28 PM

@kenn—Just beautiful. I’m guessing your next big project is a till of some sort to store those beauties, with moulded edges, of course! I don’t know how you were able to keep them packed away for 18 months, though.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#5 posted 08-09-2013 02:31 PM

Oh my!! They are beautiful!!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#6 posted 08-09-2013 04:47 PM

Don – I should have been more clear, the wait time for delivery was 18 months so it took that long for them to make it to the house. It took about 15 seconds to get them on the table and start opening them up once they arrived. Thanks for the interest.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#7 posted 08-09-2013 05:01 PM

Pardon me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard. Totally sweet!!!

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#8 posted 08-09-2013 06:20 PM

Dang… I dream of someday owning a set like that

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#9 posted 08-09-2013 06:31 PM

Sure looks like they are worth the wait. They sure look like they just ooze quality.
Be sure and post a project that you used them on. Looking forward to it.
From some of the pictures it looks like some are made of different woods.Or is it just the lighting.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#10 posted 08-09-2013 06:48 PM


That’s nice!!!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 08-09-2013 07:14 PM

Very very nice. Green with envy.

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

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#12 posted 08-09-2013 08:56 PM

Mike – they are all made from beech and they are beautiful. Each pair is from the same board so you can see where the growth rings and wood coloring match. He does an amazing job with the fit and finish. They arrive sharp and ready to use. They like a coat of paste wax periodically and the sole needs checked for movement each season/before use. They are dead on quarter sawn so I don’t expect much movement. Thanks for the interest, I’ll be posting a project where they were used tonight.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#13 posted 08-10-2013 04:47 AM

thanks for sharing, that’s some tools you have there!

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