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Showing posts from May, 2011

How Many Handplanes to Build a Guitar?

Houses tell a lot about the people who built them and the people who live in them.

Jane Valentine Barker, Historic Homes of Boulder County, 1979

What's wrong with this photo? Can anyone find fault with what is on my workbench?

Now that we are more or less settled into our new place, I had to inspect all my hand tools to see if any were damaged in the move from California. The only one to suffer some dings was my grandfather's Stanley No. 5 plane, then I discovered another problem. I think I own too many hand planes!

Starting left to right:

1. Transitional jointer, blade is marked Fulton. I purchased this in Flagstaff, Arizona about 1990.
2. Stanley No. 7 jointer, Sweetheart era, I haven't typed it out yet. Purchased from Sydnas Sloot around 2003.
3. Stanley No. 7 jointer, purchased new from Garrett Wade in 1996.
4. Stanley No. 36, Transitional jack plane, purchased from Sydnas Sloot in 2009.
5. Stanley No. 5 jack plane, type 5, this plane belonged to my grandfather, I have no idea …