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About Daed Toolworks

The seeds for Daed Toolworks were planted in 2004, the first time I saw a Sauer & Steiner coffin smoother. In hindsight, the path from that moment to making planes professionally was an unavoidable one – it was a ride that happened to me much more than one that I chose.
 
Because I did not have the financial means to purchase that plane for myself, I did the next best thing and set about learning to make one for myself. I began making a number of traditional wooden planes, and after a few years I felt confident enough to tackle my first infill smoother. That first plane, while not  a beauty, was the best functioning plane I owned at that time, and at that point I was fully hooked. Three years and dozens of planes later, Daed Toolworks officially opened for business in October of 2010.
 
My philosophy toward planemaking, and toward tools in general, is that absolutely no one is served by surrounding things in a shroud of mysticism or hyperbole. I do not subscribe to the notion that there is anything 'undefinable' about infill planes, or that tools of this caliber are required in order to do woodworking of the highest quality. Good tools are in no way a substitute for training, talent and good old fashioned experience. In the end, skill and craftsmanship trump all, and always will. However, I do think that there is room in many shops for tools that will perform to the highest of standards throughout the owner’s woodworking career, and that will inspire the user as well as exceed their expectations.  These are the sort of planes I strive to make.

 

Raney Nelson

 

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