How to layout profiles on moulding planes Part 2

I’ve split the videos into parts to make it for easy viewing.



There is an acronym that may change your perspective. Fear is:


How would your life change if you approached fear this way instead of allowing it to be the driving force in your life?

This article is for me, I’m writing about me, I’m thinking aloud and sharing my inner deepest darkest secret; Fear.

Writing articles is the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. It’s much simpler to build than to write.  I’m competing with professional journalists and writers like Christopher Schwarz and Meghan Fitzpatrick who is also or was a Professor teaching literature and a former editor at Popular Woodworking.  Does it mean I know less? No, it means they are better at wording it and so writing an article is simple for them whilst for me it’s a daunting task.

The thought of them opening one of my magazines and reading an article or two is intimidating and an honour for me if it happened.

I’ve produced videos of poor quality but packed with sound information that proved to be useful to some people who shared their appreciation and seal of approval with me. The thing is, you don’t need a lot of money to contribute. You don’t need professional cameras and lighting to contribute. You need none fancy introduction or gimmicks to get your thoughts out there. What you need is compassion for people, a willingness to do it and be rid of one major obstacle that stands in most people’s way and that is “fear”.

Fear is the driving force why many people are deterred from writing. What will people think? What if they don’t like my writing? What if I’m ridiculed and criticised? There are far too many “what ifs” It’s risky to put yourself out there for all the world to see. But what if you turned those fearful “what ifs” into something positive? What if your pain is the path to another person’s healing? What if you could change, even save, someone’s life? What if you help someone who is without hope? What if writing actually helps to heal you?


Announcing our March 2017 Workbench Idea

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We have a truly unique and amazing Workbench Idea for you that comes from Gerald L. who hails from Carlin, Nevada.  Carlin is near the Carlin Trend which happens to be one of the most productive gold mining areas in the United States.  Clearly, more than one type of gold can be mined in Nevada as Gerald truly hit the mother lode when he created this phenomenal workbench.
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Built this bench in 2015 inspired by all the beautiful benches @ work bench of the month (on Lake Erie Toolworks Website, now known as “Workbench Ideas”).  I don’t consider it a certain style, just the size for area I had to put it, w/accommodation for items I wanted it to store.

It’s white oak w/pine drawer boxes. leg vice w/Lake Erie maple screw which I sleeved w/oak to match bench and scissor for alignment control. Shoulder vice w/Lie Nielsen slide hardware…

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I love my craft but

I got several back-and-forth emails from a fellow who believes I shouldn’t charge for the magazines and that I have an ulterior motive, that is to profit from them. He believes that if you truly love the craft and you’re passionate about working with your hands, then it should all be free.

Ok how and where do I try to comprehend such crock.

First, in the beginning it was free, and no I had no intention of charging for it. Yes, I wanted to do this for free. The idea was to build and write about the build and other topics in my spare time, but I got over zealous and begun taking time off work without pay just to get it done. Would anyone else do what I did? No, they wouldn’t, but I did.

As you all saw people said “charge for it.” And after clearing it with you guys on how much I should charge I affixed a price to it.

The first three Issues downloaded reached into the tens of thousands ,and I thought, if I can get over 10k downloads in the fourth issue, I can quit my job and work the magazine professionally on a full-time basis. That mean’t I would then run it as a business. Well, as it turned out, I never got that many downloads and didn’t make much money at all. Yes, I was disappointed, but that’s life ain’t it. So, I haven’t quit my job and I haven’t quit the magazine either.

What I would like to know is this. How does making a living from the craft make a person love the craft any less? Does Paul Sellers who is making a fortune love the craft any less? Richard Maguire sells videos online and made workbenches at one time. Does he love the craft any less? I included Richard because he is a knowledgeable and talented craftsman.  What about Christopher Schwarz? He owns and operates Lost Art Press. Should all his books he published be given away so tight arses like yourself “MATE” can sit on their backsides and enjoy the fruits of someone else’s hard labour for your pleasure? Just where does one draw the line to such unreasonable requests? Does anyone go to work and say’s to their boss, “from this day forth I do not want to get paid.” Then why in the world do you expect that of me or anyone else for that matter?

I think most people don’t think like this schmuck. I think most people know we all need to work to earn a crust, and if given the opportunity to earn from our craft, and if one desired to do so, then one should. What’s wrong with doing what one’s passionate about? Isn’t it better to work a job you love than having to work a job you don’t? Some people just never cease to amaze me.

I think I should take an anti depressant before opening my next email.

It’s a slow process

It’s just raining and raining for weeks on end. They’re seems to be no end to it. It trickles then pours and repeats itself repeatedly.


At least I can’t say the same for my moulding plane set build. It is a slow process, but it’s coming along steadily.


Not many left to complete and some in working progress. Here I have a pair of no. 9


And some in the finishing stage.


So yeah, it’s a slow process and there’s heaps to go through, but its all worth it. My dream of owning a complete set will come true and it won’t cost me $5000 to turn a dream into a reality.