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Jeff Miller has been making furniture professionally for 30 years. Lately he is doing more and more teaching, much of it at his Chicago shop. “Teaching is more than just conveying information,” Miller says. “For me, it’s all about understanding the students and figuring out just what they need in order to progress.” Miller’s shop is outfitted with an extraordinary collection of workbenches he has built.
Best and worst things about Chicago? “The food and the wind, in that order.”
July 27, 2016
Given the choice between a fixed-base router and a plunge model, Jeff Miller will take the plunge router every time. Because it can plunge in and out of the work,…
September 30, 2015
Very well-machined overall, with lateral and depth adjustments that had the least backlash of any of the Bailey-style planes
Great overall fit and finish
This is a well-machined plane with only a small amount of backlash in the Baileystyle adjustment mechanisms
This plane required a lot of work
The cap-iron screw on the Kunz 5Plus was very fussy in use and while the back of the blade was very close to flat, it was ground coarsely, and it took a while to remove the scratches from it
Out of the box, the Stanley’s stamped chipbreaker was easy to tune up, but the blade suffered from a high spot in the center that was hard to remove
The Veritas Custom No. 5 was well-machined and its Norris-style adjuster was tight and precise
The thick blade on this plane is a nice feature but its back was high in the center, making it difficult to flatten
This plane was very well machined, with a flat blade back, a flat sole, and square sides, and it cut very well
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