Tool Acquisitions from Handworks 2015

While there were more tools than I care to attempt at writing down that I wanted to take home from Handworks this year, I limited myself to the following few.

This great looking polissoir, I already had the smaller one, but picked up the larger one. Its a replica of what is shown in André Roubo’s The Book of Plates. Don Williams is the man to get these from, they are wonderful for polishing. Check out one of his most recent posts about them here. I see many future projects using these.

From Patrick Leach of The Superior Works I purchased this wonderful beech brace. It was great to be able to check out the particular tool before purchasing, not like gambling on eBay. He had so many old tools there to look through and most where in great shape. It was very challenging to narrow it down to one thing, but this I just had to have. I plan to make some of these in the future.

End cuts from MS Bickford planes
End cuts from MS Bickford planes

While chatting with Matt of MS Bickford, I acquired a complete half set of off cuts from his hollows and rounds, a side round, a snipes bill, and a small side bead. They will make great layout tools for figuring out which plane I want to use for each step of shooting a molding profile. We have also been in talks about having him make a rabbet plane for me.

Saw handle rasp and blonde shellac flakes.
Saw handle rasp and blonde shellac flakes.

One of the few things at the show I really wanted to wrap my hand around before purchasing was a Gramercy Tools Hand Cut Saw Handle Maker’s Rasp. This will be put to good use in the near future on a couple of projects. I also picked up a bag of Brooklyn Tool & Craft Dewaxed Shellac that I hope to experiment with soon.

Many ideas came out of Handworks 2015, I hope that Benchcrafted will consider hosting it again in the future.

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