Before becoming a toolmaker, I made many of my own tools, for personal use in my own woodworking practice. Here's a selection of those tools.
My toolboard, as it exists today. Many of my own shopmade tools, alongside Gramercy, Lie-Nielsen, Glen-Drake and other inspiring toolmakers.
My current smoothing plane. Made in the Krenov style with a black locust body, yew wedge and crosspin, mesquite palm ramp, lignum vitae sole.
My favorite hand plane. A 14" long, 1" wide veneer shooting plane. Shop-made O1 iron held in the Texas Ebony plane by a yew cross-pin and wedge, and a lignum vitae sole.
Small carving knife, Krenov style. White oak handle and shop made O1 blade.
The original prototype "Dancing Master" calipers made years before it being offered for sale. Loved this tool in my own shop enough to make them available to all!
Small 3" palm plane. White oak infill, pernambuco wedge and cross-pin holding in a shop-made iron, and a lignum sole and sides.
Kitchen knives, from Hock blanks. Buckshot Madrone on top, ebony and steel on the bottom.
My awl/scribe, with a flamed Japanese chestnut body, wound wire ferrule and manzanita cap.
A Krenov-style 13" jointer plane. 1 1/2" Hock iron, black locust body, yew cross-pin and wedge, lignum vitae sole.
Carver's mallet. Turned out of Mesquite. Really tough, medium weight, and the face is truly hard to crush!
Marking and measuring kit. First substantial leather work, holds small try square, my dividers, 6" starret hook rule and a pencil. Belt hook for easy transportation.
Tiny chisels! Made for dovetailing, they are the same iron dimensions honed two ways, 1/4" wide and 3/32" thick.
My chisels. Narex steel blades, fitted to my own applewood handles, with brass ferrules.
My beech ripping saw, filed with variable pitch teeth from 12-16-12 teeth per inch and no teeth for the first and last two inches of the blade. Made with Kevin Drake of Glen-Drake Toolworks.
My first planes and plane hammer. Maple bodies and wedges, tan oak cross-pins. Lignum vitae sole on the 9" smoother (right), Gonçalo Alves sole on the 13" jointer.
Gramercy sash saw and split nut screwdriver. Both Honduran mahogany handles. It was fun making a traditional handle, and the carving and fitting was a nice challenge.