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comments (3) October 12th, 2010 in blogs

MKenney Matthew Kenney, senior editor
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Marking guage with an edge. I have used many types of gauge, but Ive been making my own for a long time. Why? Because I like having a cutter rather than pin and I can shape the fence to fit my hand.
Planes by me. I made these planes to cut small grooves for drawer and tray bottoms. They work great and I love using them.
Marking guage with an edge. I have used many types of gauge, but Ive been making my own for a long time. Why? Because I like having a cutter rather than pin and I can shape the fence to fit my hand. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Marking guage with an edge. I have used many types of gauge, but I've been making my own for a long time. Why? Because I like having a cutter rather than pin and I can shape the fence to fit my hand.

Photo: Steve Scott

I enjoy making tools. There is just something very satisfying about making them and (best of all) using them. I think it's because I make tools to solve problems that arise when I'm making furniture. Everytime I use the tool I smile because it does the exact job I wanted it to do (and does it well, I might add!). I've made marking knives, marking gauges, and hand planes. I use them all on a regular basis.  I also like seeing the hand tools that others have made. So, I started up a gallery page in Readers Gallery where we can post our wares and tell their stories. I'm anxious to see your work and I'm sure that some of you are going to post some extraordinary work. I can't wait.

Click here to post your hand tool to the gallery.

Click here to check out the gallery of shopmade tools.



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Comments (3)

MKenney MKenney writes: Steve,

Absolutely. I would love the gallery to continuously expand, so post photos whenever you make a new tool.

-Matt
Posted: 9:38 am on December 15th

woodrome woodrome writes: Matt,
Are you still looking for shop made tool photos?

Steve R
Posted: 12:18 am on December 15th

dadndallas dadndallas writes: Matthew,
Just passing through, great idea, a site to post shop made tools. However, my shop made tools are not as exquisite as yours posted above. I enjoy spending most of my shop time building tools, jigs, fixtures, and templets. Keep it up and I'll check in later.

AllanB
Posted: 9:14 am on October 28th

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