Beaverton, OR, US

I began to learn woodworking more than 60 years ago in my father's shop, using Driver power tools (table saw, jointer, band saw, jig saw, drill press, shaper and lathe) and a small collection of hand tools that had seen him through the Depression making small projects to sell where he could.

I inherited that collection, but my life took me away from the shop (college, law school, career, marriage, apartment living) until the mid-70's when I bought a house with a basement where I could set up shop and supplement my inherited tools as I was able. Divorce forced me to sell all of the power tools and mothball the rest for several years.

My children raised and becoming the owner of a condo, I resurrected my love of woodworking and bought a Shopsmith Mark V (still the power mainstay of my garage shop) and began making sawdust and shavings once again.

This time my efforts are directed toward wood turning and stringed instrument making. And learning to be comfortable doing as much as possible with hand tools powered by me.

Recent comments

Re: What hand tools can't you live without?

Great job. I've been hauling my hand tools around in a Stanley galv steel 4-segment roller chest, but it's decidedly inelegant. What I don't see and carry in mine, in addition to the router plane and clamps already mentioned, is a coping saw, fret saw, chixel plane (small Woodriver) and side rabbet plane (also woodriver). I also throw in a red ball point pen, a white pencil (very handy for marking dark colored woods like ebony and rosewood), flat steel 6" and 12" rules, a screwdriver with interchangeable bits, a Yankee drill, and a pair of scissors. Looks to me like you'll be needing trunk or heavy duty chest handles on the sides. Plenty of weight with the planes inside.

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