I cashed in my Lie-Nielsen credit for working at the Hand Tool Events this spring. It's fun getting a big box from them.
I'm tired of the amount of sandpaper I ruin flattening waterstones, so I bit the bullet and got a Dia-Flat. I had a hard time making the order, as it's pretty expensive for something that's got no moving parts. Now that I have it I wish I bought one a long time ago. It's quick and effective. I've flattened water, oil, and ceramic stones on it, and it performs very well.
I picked up a pair of panel saws, a 12 point crosscut and a 7 point rip.
In my opinion these sport Lie-Nielsens nicest handles.
The lamb's toungue is one of my favourite shapes.
These are the toungue and groove planes, the #48 and #49. These are dedicated joinery planes, self-centering on 1/2" and 3/4" thick stock. Not an essential tool by any means, but so much fun to use.
#97 large chisel plane. I admit I only bought this tool because it's discontinued. I had no real want for a chisel plane, and I always thought I'd prefer the smaller 97 1/2, but now that I have it I'm glad I got it. I've used it a couple of times already for trimming some through tenons, the longer length translates into more leverage while slicing though end grain.
After using it at Hand Tool Events, I decided that a dovetail marker is a much nicer system than the bevel gauge and square I had been using to lay out my joinery.
While making a box with a telescoping lid, I wished I had a rabbet block plane to clean up the saw marks where I cut the lid off. Because of this I made sure to get a 60 1/2.
I stared using the 140 trick a while ago, where you plane a shallow rabbet across the baseline of your tails to act as a ledge to register your pin board while transfering the joinery locations. It works so well I decided to pick up a 140, as a full sized rabbet plane is too big and awkward.
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