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Hand Tool Thursday

It is supposed to be bitter cold this coming weekend. How cold? High temperatures are expected to be somewhere around 16 degrees on Saturday, and 9 degrees on Sunday; lows are expected to be just below zero. Now, we aren’t talking Celsius, we are talking Fahrenheit. It is expected to be so cold that tonight after work I took my waterstones out of the garage and brought them inside the house, and I took out most of my hand tools and wiped them with a light coat of oil. While I was doing that, I decided to photograph those tools, as they are the tools I use most while I woodwork, and because I’ve received several requests to see them. So in honor of Hand Tool Thursday…

Joinery planes, and my homemade smoother and block plane.

Joinery planes, and my homemade smoother and block plane.

Most of my chisels and carcass saw (for some reason my dovetail saw didn't make the shot)

Most of my chisels and carcass saw (for some reason my dovetail saw didn’t make the shot)

Bench planes, hand drill, combo square, and spoke shave

Bench planes, hand drill, combo square, and spoke shave

Marking tools, folding rule, and dividers.

Marking tools, folding rule, and dividers.

Of course I have other hand tools: files and rasps, setting tools, a few other hand saws, measuring tools, and carving chisels. But this represents the lion’s share of tools I would use on most projects. I also have a table saw, a jig saw, and a router(which sees little action anymore). So I hope this offers a glimpse of my set-up, for those who requested to see it at least.

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