I’ve been doing a lot of dovetails recently, and although I’m happy with the technique I use for making them, I’ve never been happy with the tools I’ve used. Or, more specifically, the coping saw I use to cut out the waste.
When you start getting into woodworking, especially hand tool woodworking, you will need planes. You can find them everywhere. In your parent’s shed, tool shops, junk shops, antique shops, car boots, online auction sites…
As you may have guessed by now, I love vintage hand tools. If I come across a car boot sale or an antique shop I can’t help myself, I must go have a rummage to see what I can find. And recently I struck lucky, finding a shop with loads
I’m still living out of boxes as I settle in to my new house in Scotland, and I was hunting through boxes the other day looking for a specific tool when I came across an old rule that belonged to my grandad.
Having no workshop means my tools are stowed in every nook and cranny of every room in the house. I can’t wait to have everything laid out neatly where I know where everything is and can access it easily. One of my favourite pastimes is restoring old tools.