I have to wonder how many people have been discouraged away from traditional woodworking after trying to use tools like the ones I’m about to show you.
It’s my opinion that most woodworking hand tools don’t come off the shelf ready for use. Chisels and handplanes are not as sharp as they need to be. And they come coated with lacquer or something similar to prevent rusting. I bought a couple of hand tools just recently, so that I could prepare them for production. I have never had a nice marking gauge, and I wanted to pick up another hand plane.
This is the cheap marking gauge:
You can see that the upper pin on the left is very dull. The coating was applied very liberally, and the whole thing feels sticky.
Looking down the sole of this bailey style #4 smoothing plane, you can see the sole isn’t square to the cheeks.
And the cap iron:
As with just about anything, you get what you pay for.
With a little work, these tools will be usable. I’ll refinish the marking gauge and file a better point on that pin. The plane will require a lot of work to be useful for anything other than scrubbing, but that’s really what I wanted it for anyway.
If you’ve been following this blog you already know I’m about to launch myself into woodworking professionally. Part of that plan is video production. I will be filming all the work I do to these tools and posting it on YouTube.
Since I bought myself a Nova Comet II lathe, I thought my first video (in 5 years) would be a review/project video featuring the Comet in action. What’s the project? Well…