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A Look Inside the Tool Makers Workshops

This section is a pictorial of hand plane marker's and their shops, I know how I like to see other woodworkers shops I though I'll make a page and ask makers to send me some photos of their shops to share with others..

Over the last few months I have stated making some simple hand tools like marking knives , hammer heads, plane blades, saw screw and other hardware.. First shop listed is someone that I really respect and consider him a friend..

I am starting with is Ian Dalziel .. Ian makes beautiful metal infill planes.. He uses a CNC mill he fitted with stepper motors and is computer controlled and him did this retro fit himself and Jim uses basic machine shop machines like a vertical mill, lathe and drill press and a table saw naturally...



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Ian Daziel Toolworks

Email: ian ~at~


Jim leamy Planes

Jim Leamy Planes
636 Maple St.
East Earl, PA 17519
Phone: (717) 445-9452
Email: leamy ~at~



Steve Knight
Knight Toolworks
304 SE Main #600
Portland, OR 97214
Phone: (503) 421-6146
Email: steve ~at~


Brese Plan

Brese Plane
18 Eastside Drive
Thomaston, Ga. 30286


Blum Tool Co.

Blum Tool Co.
Box 712
406 Pearl Street
Walnut, IA 51577


Hand Plane RefinishingThis section still needs to be updated but has some of my secrets of plane refinishing .. Make sure you read up on the 3M (Magic) De burring Wheel ..

Hand Plane Iron Set UpMany people call the Iron the blade and the Cap Iron a Chip Breaker but I prefer to use the old terms and a chip breaker does really break chips.
I have a nice shot set up tutorial on how to adjust the lateral adjuster to get a even cut across the length of the blade..

Hand Plane Tune UpI have few methods in this guide is use will help you get the best performance out of your planes.. Also make sure you read the David Charleworth article at the bottom .
I hope to adding a lot more content to the topic soon..

Bench Plane Type StudyThis section will let you figure out how Old is your Bailey Plane?
This is a guide, it was made after Stanley made the plane, it was not what Stanley used to make the planes.. There are Anomalies that have different features from two types on one plane, you could also have parts that were switched. So use it but all of these guides are not etched in stone..

Handle Repair This section cover how to repair broken or chipped plane handles. I have two methods one is using a 1/4" steel pin with some masking tape which I think works best to like up pieces and another which using a threaded rod that I need to change the rod to a 1/2" and try that with some masking tape as a shim..

Handle RefinishingThis section covers how to refinish you plane handles.. Shellac is the the best finish I know to have you beauty of the rosewood show through. You can then use lacquer on top of the shellac but you must make sure you used De-Waxed Shellac and not plain shellac..

My Hand Plane CollectionI have a few of the planes in my collection listed here. I mainly collect Type 15 Sweetheart's ..

What's Japanning ?Here is some recipes and links to other folks pages on how Japan you plane..
The Japanning is the black finish that looks a lot like paint.. I have listed a Motor Paint that looks just like the japanning Stanley used and is very durable and is my choice for refinishing if your just getting started. Its cheap and almost fool proof..

Hand Plane Makers ShopsThis page is brand new is is pictures of the shops of hand plane makers I admire.. Everyone enjoys images of peoples shops and since I inspire to be a plane makers I love seeing others shops and thought I would add a page.. I will be adding more soon..
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do..

Wooden Hand PlanesLots of people I know swear that wood planes cut much better than metal based planes.. I have not really had to time to do any tests but hope to some day. Also I am friendly with Steve Knight from Knight Tool Works and he will give you 10% off the price of his planes if you tell him you read it here..

Rust PreventionFew Methods on how to stop rust for occurring on you planes..

ElectrolysisThis is a method to remove rust no make that kill rust.. It really does not do the job I thought it would after reading about it but on planes where the rust keeps coming back or was rusted badly from the start then is the method I use to give me peace of mind..

What Hand Plane Should I Buy ? Answers as to what planes are best to buy for a new woodworking just starting down the road of using hand planes....

Sharpening I have a whole sub section devoted to sharpening hand plane Irons.

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