My last post was about the people and information and how much benefit I gained from both. Today's post is about the goodies that I either bought at or bought because of Handworks 2015.
A few years ago, I built a big and beefy Roubo styled bench using Benchcrafted vise hardware for both the leg vise and the end vise. Shortly after I finished building my bench, Benchcrafted came out with a new version of the leg vise called a "crisscross" vise. It allows you to use the leg vise for various thicknesses of clamping without needed to adjust a peg. The peg system works but I have found that I cause the vise to rack and require frequent readjustment before use. At the show, I was able to acquire the retrofit version of the crisscross hardware. I can't wait to install it.
To get all my purchases home, I was able to fit them in my luggage. When I got home, I had a surprise. It was a love note from the TSA. I also found they went exploring through my luggage and especially my Benchcrafted purchase. I'm sure they were thinking - "What the hell is this?"
I also purchased a new dovetail saw from Badaxe. I'm clearly becoming a Badaxe fanboy as the new saw is my 3rd saw.
While I was at Handworks, I got an education on sources for used tools thanks to my friend Marilyn. She connected me up with a vendor who had a nice, functional half set of hollows and rounds. I also got a few other moulding planes ordered. They arrived the Monday after returning from Handworks.
Since I was getting some moulding planes to add to my working set of planes, I knew that I'd need a new tool I didn't have - a plane hammer. For those of you who don't know about or use wooden planes, a plane hammer allows you to adjust, set and release blades in wooden planes. They often have one softer side and one metal side. I chose a beautiful hammer from Sterling Toolworks.
I also found some useful small stuff. As a hand tool woodworker, I've been fascinated by historical tools though I am not trying to be historically accurate in all I do. I've developed a love for folding wooden rules and am trying to include them in my woodworking approach. I found 2 small wooden rules.
The last item that I purchased was purchased after I got home. I and my friends had a nice talk with Tito Vogt at Vogt Toolworks. He makes a gorgeous shooting board that is sloped and use magnets for the accessory attachments. The slope gives the benefit of using more of the width of the plane blade in the shooting plane. The attachments include a miter fence and a donkey eared attachment (for miters in the other direction). I've ordered this but don't expect the set for a few weeks at the earliest.
I spent too much money but all of these items will either help me improve my existing woodworking skills or expand them. Stay tuned for the accuracy of that statement.