Ebay Plane Problems.

Ebay Plane Problems.

Posted by on Jun 27, 2015 in Blog | No Comments
Recently a few planes I have bought on Ebay have arrived damaged. Here's a bit of advice for Ebay buyer and sellers.

Review of Quangsheng No. 5 bedrock jack plane

Posted by on Nov 8, 2013 in Newsletter articles | No Comments

In recent years Quangsheng planes from China have been providing an economic alternative to the more up market offerings from Lie Neilsen and Clifton. In this article I find out whether the cheaper alternative is worth considering.

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The Joy of Planing on the Radio.

The Joy of Planing on the Radio.

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Blog | No Comments


I mentioned some time ago that I recorded an item for Radio 4’s Saturday Live. It was a short item about my enjoyment of planing. I was pleased when it was broadcast last Saturday to find that one of my heroes, Grayson Perry, was the main guest on the show.

The item was about how most of my work involves using machines, but I enjoy it when the machines are off and I can work with hand tools, the plane being my favourite. There is a great satisfaction in working with a really sharp well set plane. When everything is right you can concentrate entirely on the work and applying your skill entirely to the craft without having to worry about the performance of the tool. As Grayson Perry said your concentration is entirely on the contact of the tool with the wood. What some people call being “in the zone”.

Many people have trouble sharpening tools. Part of the problem is recognizing when the blunt, often they struggle on thinking the problem is with them, when actually it’s with the tool.