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Over the last few weeks, more than 200 individuals let us know what they put on their wish lists this holiday season. We’ve rounded them all up into this collection of polls.
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You can never go wrong with quality hand tools. It makes for better quality and is a lot more fun.
My plane collection is small. Mostly salvaged ones, mostly brands I never heard of but fun to rehab and make shavings with particularly the 14 inch wooden one. Darn arthritic shoulders restrict my using them much. None-the-less I am facinated by shoulder,rabbit and bull nose planes. To be able to get into corners with a plane has some eerie hold on me.
Alas Santa wasn't taken with my plea, so chisels are my back stop for now!
I could really use a good set of socketed bevel edge chisels. I enjoy hand cutting DT's, but the chisels I have to pare the cheeks and shoulders just are not up to the task. Maybe Santa can send me the small set of LNs in the tool roll. Hope eveyrone had a great Holiday.
I have a set of Lie Nielsen chisels and love them. My wish list includes the new fishtail chisel by Lie Nielsen. I think it's a great idea for a chisel, allowing me to get into both left and right side corners.
Well I built a solid work bench in 2009 but I used four layers of plywood edged with solid wood for the top work surface (2-3/4" thick top to match requirements of my veritas Tucker-vise) and I think this year I will change out that top for a solid 2-3/4" hardwood one. After the nice work I saw done on the sharpening bench here on Fine woodworking, I feel I should replace my bench top! now if I could just get my hands on the 80 board feet of hardwood I will need for this bench top...
Hope everyone had a great holiday season this year, I sure did, got to spend time in the workshop!
The one thing I'm very suprised wasn't on the list was clamps. I'm always thinking if I only had one more clamp or I need this specialty clamp because I'm aching to do an oddball project that requires a clamp that you can't justify buying for yourself.
I need a medium shoulder plane and would welcome a Lie-Nielsen or Veritas in my shop. These are wonderful tools needed to make tight fitting joints.
I am saving my money for a LN low angle block plane.
I want a set of L-N chisels just because.
I was fortunate to get a set of Lie Nielsen bench chisels.
sharpening stones - I got a Veritas Mark !! honing jig and it's great. Now all I need are some good waterstones to go with it!
what I wanted and got was a Veritas scraping plane. What I also wanted and didn't get was a Festool miter saw. I will try to be better for next year.
Santa was good to me, left me a LN bevel up smooth plane.
I love using hand tools to do the work(play). Every hand plane I own was bought very used and abused but I took my time and came up with four or five that are now usable. I don't know how a new plane would feel. Maybe next year.
I've handled many different makers' planes and Lie-Nielsen planes generally fit my (XL) hands best. Lie-Nielsen planes are things of beauty with form, fit, function all very well executed.
I have been a woodworker for about 30 years and always used power tools. I have retirement looming and more time. I have gotten the itch to use hand tools. The LN planes have a particular interest for me. I also have a mediocre set of chisels that have served well but a new set is surely on my wish list.
Lots of wish items and few realy needed items but topping the hand tool list would be a LN shoulder plane. (Okay, pretty much anything Lie-Nielsen makes - makes my list, just not my wallet.)
My wish list included lots of things from Lee Valley this year - OK most years. Top of the list was a pair of their beautiful dovetail saws they just introduced. I was able to try them in the store one day and that did it for me. Since I finished my new shop this fall I have moved towards more hand tool use. I really enjoy the quiet and low-dust approach. Next comes the workbench. Have a good year creating beautiful things everybody.
As I grow older I tend more and more to appreciate hand craftsmanship. I have a lot of edged tools, antique and contemporary. don't need any more, so my list reflects an appreciation for beuty as well as utility. Besides, my sveral LN planes and saws are eager to make new friends.
Santa was good to me I got a Robert Sorby 3/4" Paring Chisel, a "Hand Crafted By - John Allan Gray" Rockler Branding Iron, 1 1/2# Rosehead Cut Nails, and a Lee Valley 2010 Calendar.
Santa was good to me. He left a L/N Jack Plane in my stocking. Also just finished restoring an old cast iron Craftsman bench lathe over the holidays. Looking forward to some new turning projects. Happy New Year all!
I'd love to get a Lie-Nielsen shoulder plane!
Santa did not leave any tools from his shop... or Lie Nielsens
Santa got me the 3 (yes, all of them) Veritas saws and they're sweet...
Now, it's time to pray, hope and wait an elf finds a smoother plane in the bottom of his tool chest and thinks of me.
I got a chance to put my hands on a couple of Clark & Williams wooden planes last summer. I was very impressed with the quality of Clark & Williams planes and how well they work. One of their fore planes and the biggest jointer they make would see a lot of use in my shop. The Grammercy Bow Saw has been on my list of wants for a couple of years now. I haven't ever seen one in action, but it looks like a sweet tool.
well, it's just a wish list, so what's stopping me?
I wouldn't mind my shop to look like a lie-nielsen showroom...
But if I have to choose something that I really wish I had because I fell that I NEED it but can't justify it, I would have to say a sawStop table saw.
I have about everything I need, but they're mostly semi-tuned up cheap used stuff. My wish list is mostly upgrades!
Love you magazine. Keep up the good work.
I'm always in need of hand tools for my workshop. I really like to receive planes, chisels and other differents HIGH QUALITY hand tools. Thank you!
Ho, in my hand tool only shop, I'm always in need of layout tools, great planes and chisels... I would love a set of hight quality Japanese chisels... Love hand saws to;) Thank you!
I received the veritas dovetail saw from Santa. It's my first good saw and it's a joy to use. I can almost cut a straight line!
I received one of the items on my Christmas wish list, a beautiful Lie-Nielsen dovetail saw. Items that remain on my list are a Veritas or Lie-Nielsen medium shoulder plane, a Lie-Nielsen #7 jointer and/or low angle jack plane. A DMT 10 inch 220/325 Grit Diamond Stone would be welcome as would Rockler bench cookies. As always clamps, clamps and more CLAMPS. Clamps of any size and any style as long as they are of good quality.
What can I say except that I love hand tools. In the past year I have done alot of reading at this website and the information here has increased my skills 10 fold. I have learned how to sharpen the hand tools I do have and created a huge desire to use them more. In fact I made three gifts for christmas this year utilizing my planes and I love the results so much that I feel they are the best work I have ever done and I owe it all to this website.
A nice L/N smoother or set of bench chisels would certainly find a place in my shop, but the 60 1/2 would be much appreciated.
I really need handplanes and chisels.
My aim is never to use sandpaper and,therefore,a dedicated super smoother needs to be at the top of my wish list
Just finished restoring my some 100 year old Bailey planes, but there are still many gaps in my collection of hand planes...
The plane, the plane! A smoothing plane boss, that would be paradise.
I've never made it to one of the Lie-Nielsen demos, but I'd be delighted to experience the feel of one of their planes in my shop.
After spending a weekend at Pt Townsend Woodworking School with Jim Tolpin using their Lie Nielsen and Veritas planes, I'm hooked! I really like the Veritas bevel-up planes: Smoother, Jack and Jointer!
Got the Lie-Nielsen Boggs Spokeshave - now to put it to work.
Have a set of FlexCut now, but looking to do more carving with some regular chisels. A nice #7-20 would be great for Christmas.
I recently got an opportunity to use a lie-nielsen plane and was very impressed with the thickness of the castings and the heft of the plane which contributed to the smoothness of the cut. I definitely would like one for Christmas.
I would love the Veritas dovetail saw to improve my dovetails. Merry Christmas!
The Veritas handplanes on the list would help me to build the many things that I have planed to make for my new grandson (and wife).
I've always wanted a high quality plane so see if it works better than my standard Stanley bench plane and block plabe. I would also like a Japanese combination saw. I find I enjoy making acurate and fast cuts with a Japanese crosscut saw.
Santa please add to my collection of hand planes so that I can complete my workbench.
All I want for christmas is more shop time to finish the projects on hand before new ones develop
You can never have enough hand tools especially hand planes.
I'm getting more into hand tools so I had several on my list. I've also been bitten by the LeeValley bug, so have lots of their cool stuff on my list :)
Hand tools are always my first choice. They are quiet, clean, and make me feel more connected to my work. I have to admit I use a router to start mortises, but a chisel to finish.
I would love a Veritas no. 4 1/2 smoothing plane--that would be awesome!
I've been hankering for a adj. mouth low angle block, just like the LN. A low angle Jack would be pretty awesome as well.
So many tools so little time...
Happy Holidays to all
I own a couple of Lie Nielsen planes and chisels and would love more. I think they are great tools and having seen a demo of sharpening was very impressed by that as well.
Well since I am new to woodworking, I really could use anything that Santa will bring me.
My wonderful wife let me pick out my Christmas gifts this year (a brace and bit set from an antique market, as well as a set of Narex chisels). I am a graduate student and thus we have a small, one-bedroom apartment, so her willingness to let me start collecting a working set of tools is greatly appreciated! Now, if I win the Laguna bandsaw fence, I might have to replace our dining table with a bandsaw =) Happy Holidays to everyone!
Any woodworking tools make for a great Christmas. My wife says I am easy to please.
I have a number of items on my wish list but, with having to accept a job for alot less (after being laid off) than what I used to make, my wish list will remain a wish for now. My biggest wish isn't for myself, however. I wish that those folks that are struggling to find work, will be able to find employment quickly. Happy Holidays!
I agree - anything from LN is a hit!
Chisels, planes, and clamps are tools that bring us closer to the things we make and are timeless classics. They pay homage to the likes of James Krenov, George Nakashima, and the great Sam Maloof. May they rest in peace.
I enjoy the quiet solice of hand tools, most all my allowance goes to Lee Valley and Lie Nielsen..
Happy Holidays to all
A nice low angle block plane would be at the top of my list.
I attended the center for woodworking craftmanship in Maine and absolutely fell in love with the lie neilsen tools. they are fantastic - yes they are more money but they are soooo much better.. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night. Jerry
Would love a new bow saw. My old one is an antique that deserves a place of honour on the wall.
Dovetail saw would be nice
I love my hand tools, and find myself turning to them more and more often. I particularly like how clean the shop is after choosing a hand tool over a power tool.
Please, Santa, I REALLY need a Veritas shoulder plane.
I've been good -- honest!
I've got the power tools, but this new year is the my year to go back to exploring more hand cut joinery. A shoulder plane and dovetail saw are on the top of my want list.
For me the most helpful gift would be a reliable system to keep my tools sharp. But planes are a nice surprise.
Lataxe's comments are actually sometimes that difficult to understand when he posts them in the queens English. Some really nice hand planes though would help me to become a better woodworker and to rely less on the machines to do the work.
I really could use about 1000 bd ft. of red cedar. But any kind of tools would be nice also.
How about a Leigh dovetail jig. And more time to use it.
I am truly blessed as I have no real needs. Wants? Now that's another list altogether. For needs - more shop time to craft the gifts I want to give to my loved ones.
I have miss place my low angle block plane and would love to have a new one
I'd also like more information on period pieces and how to build them just using hand tools. I'm always on the lookout for new handtools and would like a couple of planes to round out the collection as well as interesting obscure old hand tools.
I have the full set of Veritas bevel-ups in my quiver of cordless. Hoping to have Santa supplement my January procurement of the bevel rebate.Lie Nielson----a 4 1/2 smooth and the jack-rabbit(rebate)would be nice but require 3 installments of my "Tool-of-the Month"budget each.
A class on how to better sharpen plane blades and chisels would help me be a better woodworker.
Love to use hand tools. Am going to try my hand at making a guitar. I think this would be a worth while project.
I am a handtooler, and one that I have been coveting is the Lie Nielsen Chisel Plane. I was surprized not to see it on the poll
The older that I get, the more I love working with high quality hand tools.
So after thinking about this, I would love the following:
Someone with the tools (Planer, jointer) that I do not have to lend me a hand in building my Woodworking bench (thought I'd try a variation of the New Fangled Bench)
A full set of Veritas Bevel-Up Planes, including the Low Angle Bevel-Up Smoother with an extra set of higher angle blades
A few good sticks of lumber to practice on
Some free time to Practice and improve on my planing ability
is it going too far to wish for Peace and Prosperity for all living things? NAHHHH!
Happy Holidays Everyone!
I would really like to do more quiet woodworking. Not that I don't enjoy my power tools but it's nice to reflect on the sound a sharp plane makes on a piece of figured hardwood.
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I hope santa will bring me at least one of the items on my wish list. I've been a very good boy. I would like to get all of them but I understand that Santa's purse is a little flat right now.
Handplanes would be the best gift this year. I did not use handplanes on my projects until I took several classes on using hand planes. After I learned how to use and sharpen handplanes, and saw the mirror like finish you can get with them, I am a convert and started working with planes on all my projects.
A sharpening system to tune up all of the handtools would be tops. THat would really help me get teh most out of them!
Lie-Nielsen shoulder plane for me
I would really like a good shoulder plane, but for the amount of use it might get, it would really be a hard to justify luxury considering the current cost of even good quality used. I guess that's why this is on my "wish list".
Happy Holidays to all!!
I am pretty spoiled, so I don't need any tools or bigger shop or more time. But what I really need for Christmas is for people to increase their disposable income and increase their purchases on custom furniture and cabinetry like mine.
Driftmaster would be awesome, but a shooting plane would be my first pick for a hand tool. Would also like a new Leigh template for D4. Mostly, I need to keep finding spare moments to put the stuff I have to good use!
Would like a set of good handplanes and to take a course in using them.
Being a hobby woodworker which started off making scratch built 50% model airplanes from balsa wood. I've noticed that the machinery is getting more and more popular for obvious reasons like the precision and less time consumption but what I feel in the hearts of my heart that the hand tools are getting a little side lined because of these great innovations; I would prefer a hand tool over a machine jig or equipment any given day.
Seeing the list of all the hand tools, jigs etc obviously you want them all; but there are limitations to that, as it's a financial affair. For me the run of the mill (cheaper) hand tools do my job as I can't afford to own Lie-Nielsens but would get all of them in a blink of an eye when I can. So they've always been on top of my wishlist; no wonder it's called a 'Wishlist' :)
Would love to have a nice set of planes, one thing my shop is missing.
I'd love to have any of the Leigh-Nelson or Veritas tools(or almost anything either makes), but my real wish would be for either a set of luthiers planes or one of the "noble" tools--an adze, or a carving axe can make for some interesting results.
I wish I could afford all of the hand tools and all of the power tools I wish for, seems like quality hand tools are getting more expensive every day
OK. a good low-angle block plane, a couple of Lie Nielsen chisels, one of those sets of radius scrapers.
What I could use more than tools is time in the shop!
An interesting array of tools.
I want them all and I promise to be good ... and share.
A couple of skew (rh/lh) Lie-Nielson chisels would be nice.
I'm hoping for a gift certificate for that new Veritas skewed rabbet block plane due out in January.
I'm a subscriber since 1976. Could you please feature more articles on building period furniture? Over the last two years I have begun purchasing other magazines from the bookstore in search of info on period furniture. You have access to some real experts like Lonnie Bird, Randall O'Donnell, and Allan Breed, but you don't use them very much. There are others like John McAlister, Jr. in Charlotte, NC you have never used. He was the Cartouche Award winner one year for his six shell Newport secretary. I have toured his house. It is like a museum - full of period furniture he has built through the years. He's 85 years old and is still building period furniture every day in his modest basement shop most people could afford. His furniture would make many splendid articles. It is my holiday wish that you please get back to the basics and utilize these masters. John McAlister would not charge you a dime for what would be several splendid articles. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I found John on line at the American Society of Period Furniture Makers website member gallery when I wanted to build a Newport secretary. He willingly shared his plans and photos of his six shell secretary (which is absolutely gorgeous). He and his wife Eugenia had my wife and I tour his house one morning. Another is David Strayhorn in Nashville, TN. He sent me plans and photos free on a Newport 3 shell chest and even offered to let me use his shaper cutters. You can find him at ASPFM as well.
For the first time in 34 years I will probably let my magazine subscription to Fine Woodworking lapse when it expires. I am frustrated every month by the lack of articles on period furniture. The resources are out there. You are just not using them and I do not understand why.
My Christmas wish list lasts all year long...not sure if it is the attraction of using a traditional hand tool or the beauty of the tool itself but anything from Lie-Nielsen is on that list!
Any handplane would be on the top of my never ending tools wish list. But I like surprises too ;-) Happy Holidays !
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