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EOY Simplifying My Life A Bit Sale

So here we are, dear reader, at that point of the year when all good neurotics re-evaluate everything about their life, mode of being, relationships, vices, and position in the world. Personally, I’ve only got one area of my life that gets any degree of reflection beyond “I think I’ll have a sammich” and that’s my shop life.

And in this process, I’ve decided to sell a few of my personal planes that, frankly, I just don’t use anymore. I’m not very interested in much more than getting these out of my shop and (hopefully) into one where they’ll see some use, and rather than think much about it I’m just selling these at half the regular price.

Just to be clear – all these are excellent workers, and all have seen significant use in my shop and at demos and shows. Specifics on each tool are addressed below.

Also – before anyone asks: this is it. There is not a stash of ‘other’ planes I’m selling, or a ‘seconds’ bin – please don’t ask.

First person to email me to say they want one of these gets it. You can see larger images by clicking any of the photos below.

edit: SOLD
PLANE A:
a 1″ mitre plane. Ebony infill. This is the only mitre I’ve made to include a lever cap – which is either a ‘plus’ or a ‘minus’ depending on how you feel about lever caps and the aesthetics. Personally, I prefer a wedge – but for sheer function, this is a really nice feature. It’s also one of only a handful of planes I’ve made out of stainless steel (304).

I used this plane pretty extensively for several years, but between the new DT-1 and the slightly larger 1-1/4″ mitre I made earlier this year, this plane has become superfluous. $800.

edit: SOLD
PLANE B: another 1″ mitre – this one a wedged version with Brazilian Rosewood.

This was one of the first planes I made in this style, and there are a couple of subtle aesthetic differences between it and the newer mitre planes.

First is that it’s about 1/2″ longer than I now make these.

Second is that it uses slightly smaller bolts for securing infills.

Subtle details, but they are noticeable to me. As mentioned above, I really don’t find myself using this size plane these days, so it’s gotta go.
$800.

edit: SOLD

PLANE C: This one is the development prototype plane for the DT-1 – infill is Macassar Ebony.

There are some slight design differences, and one functional apology to note.

The most significant aesthetic difference is that this plane has a closed rear, whereas the final designed is open at the back (under the blade).

Functionally, this plane has a very open mouth. My tolerance for mouth openings is about 4-8 thousandths of an inch – this plane has an opening that’s more along the lines of 30 thou.

For all intents and purposes, the mouth opening is too large to function as a tearout-reduction strategy.

For most purposes, and in the vast majority of woods, this is a non-issue – but it will affect performance in the toughest woods.

$925.

Again – email me if interested. And there you have it dear reader. Happy New Year!

PS – I’m also longing to get rid of my massive, idle, and space-hogging Brown and Sharpe no. 10 OD/ Tool & Cutter grinder. If anyone is interested – and can come GET IT – just drop me a line.

Daed Toolworks Index Plane

Brace yourselves, gentle readers. Two blog postings in one month – I know, right?

First things first – For those needing further proof that the map is indeed not the territory, today it was discovered that tearing off the last page of the Mayan calendar didn’t actually cause the cessation of the human species. Good News – unless of course you’re Mayan and have to date a check. But for the rest of us, it’s smiley emoticons all round.

So, being still here, and on solid temporal ‘ground’, I thought I’d celebrate by introducing a pair of new plane models.

A few months back, I put together a blog post dealing with the concept of design. There were a few reasons for this, foremost being that at that point I was knee-deep in trying to design a new thumb plane.

Around that time, I’d worked out a drawing that I liked – shown at right – and had made a first-run prototype. Between the two, I’d come to a design I was quite happy with, and I’d also worked out a somewhat larger version as well.

DT-1, shown with Desert Ironwood

So here are the fruits of my labor. The Daed Toolworks DT-1 and DT-2 planes, shown – well, throughout this whole damn post. The smaller DT-1 is 5-1/2″ long at the sole and has a 1-1/4″ blade. Its larger brother, the DT-2, is 6-1/2″ long, with a 1-1/2″ blade.

DT-2 with Brazilian Rosewood infills

Just a word about nomenclature here. I’m referring to these as block/thumb planes because I frankly don’t really know what else to call them. In use, they’re designed to do the same sort of work that most of us use a block plane for – chamfering, smoothing small areas, tuning joinery, and all manner of odd jobs. In the history of infill planes, however, I think this sort of tool falls loosely under the thumb and chariot plane heading. From a design standpoint, I don’t think they really look much like common models in either camp.

But for the sake of giving some sort of explanation as to their likely use – block/thumb plane it is.

In designing these, the criteria for me was to make a plane that was compact and ergonomically designed for both one- and two-handed use. Along the way I also wanted to see if I could stretch the aesthetics of my current work just a bit more.

I’m including a number of photos of the planes with a few of the more common handholds. I find these extremely comfortable, and to be honest I couldn’t be happier from an ergonomic standpoint. Please resist the urge to sign me up for a manicure.

I’ll be adding some info on these to my website over the next couple of weeks, but I wanted to at least get them posted to the blog before the year slips away. For those interested, the DT-1 is going to be priced at $1850, and the DT-2 at $2050. I also have plans for a DT-0 (1-inch blade) at $1750 and a DT-3(1-3/4″ blade) at $2350.

Here’s wishing everyone the finest of holiday seasons. I’m looking forward to some time with my family, and some time in the shop. I’m taking a two-week hiatus from planemaking to actually do a bit of actual woodworking. Huzzah!

Modern Edge Tools

A couple of weeks ago, the hipster geniuses at Tools for Working Wood sent out a new publication called ‘Modern Edge Tools’. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can download it from their site. Personally, I think it’s worth every second you can spare. I defy anyone to read “Saw Veneer in your Spare Time” and not marvel at the human spirit and laugh at human folly. Brilliant stuff.

Maybe even better than the print, though, are the videos that accompany it on the company’s MET page. Last summer, TFWW’s Ben Seltzer took a trip to the UK and shot video of the toolmaking operations at a trio of old-school operations: Clico/Clifton, Ray Iles, and Ashley Iles. Anyone who has even a passing interest in toolmaking and craftsmanship should watch them.

After a serious rinse/repeat cycle from Mother Nature this year, Brooklyn’s best tool vendor deserves a huge round of applause for their work. In addition to being damn funny, Joel and crew have a positive genius for reintroducing historical practices, tools, and techniques to the modern handtool world. They make the best production backsaws I’ve ever used, they resurrected the turning saw for the new millennium, and if you are reading this blog it’s a pretty safe bet that you’re using their holdfasts (and that you probably hadn’t ever used a holdfast before they brought them back to popularity).

Watch the videos. Read the booklet. And have a merry merry Xmas.

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