Doug Berch

Dulcimer Maker And Musician

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The Tools We Want And The Tools We Need

I once came home from an auction with a two-person crosscut saw.

I knew I had a tool problem.

I will never have a need for this saw but it was only $15.00 and it fit in the back of the car!

Having a small shop with limited space and only so much money to spend on tools has helped keep me out of trouble!

overflowing toolbox

I have learned to separate the tools I need from the tools I want, though what I end up with at times is another matter entirely!

Having several #4 and #5 planes tuned for different work is very handy but there often seems to be room for “just one more.”

bench plane growth chart

I use two braces , one with  a 6″ swing and the other with a 10″ swing, but I can’t seem to part with several others.  Three hand drills hang over my bench, each with a different bit I frequently use. Surely this adds up to a huge savings in time!

In truth I have reached a point where I have become more focused on the use of tools rather than the accumulation of tools. The busier I am in the shop the more I just want to get to work and the less time I have for tool hunting.

But lately I have been increasingly using finger-planes. I have a few but could use a few other sizes and profiles.

how to make thumb planes

They are all so different and relatively easy to make. Surely just one more couldn’t hurt?

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3 Comments

  1. rfrancis

    I really want to whittle some shoes.

  2. I’m planning on making some finger planes. I have a small Chinese high angle rosewood finger plane that I love! I need a few other profiles so I figure it’s time to give it a go.

    I found the plans in the following article: http://bit.ly/EJbCR

  3. “Need” and “Want” are the same thing when it comes to handtools. ; )
    May I ask where you found the plans for the finger planes? Are you going to make some?

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