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San Diego, CA, US
I am taking a class to learn how to make decorative boxes. This book would be a great reference source for technique and ideas.
Wood bending has many application in furniture and instrument making so this book would be a great reference source. I have done many shaker boxes, hand made chairs, and tool pieces with bending and laminating.
The handplane is one of my favorite tools to reach for after my initial power tool use. What shop doesn't have at least one set of quality chisels. Learning the finer points of sharpening and tuning these essential tools should be a priority for every woodworker. I would watch this DVD many times.
I do not have a router. Santa must have overlooked my workshop this year, but I would love to have a combination router.
My favorite tools are my hand tools. Because the question asks what is your favorite tool I would have to say my Lie Nielsen #4 1/2 hand plane. It was love at first heft.
It is beautifully crafted, a please to hold and even better to use. It is a far better tool than my meager skills are capable of using, but when I am gone it will still work and be handed down to my grandsons and then to their grandsons.
It is in every sense an heirloom tool, but at the same time a true workhorse. It is great to see a tool of such quality that is still produced in our own country. Thank you Lie Nielsen.
I love my restored Stanley #6C & 7, my various Veritas planes, but will reach for the Lie Nielsen as my first choice working plane whenever possible.
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