• Dear Folks,

    Is it better to set the saw before sharpening or does it matter which one first?

    Many Thanks,

  • Hi Folks,

    I have a Craftsman 12 ounce yellow and red tip hammer similar or perhaps the same which I notice in you book page 456. Do
    you find them as good for chisel work using the yellow end?

    Many Thanks,

  • Hi Folks,

    I noticed in Pauls Book on page 255 he mentions using a router plane for… “housing all my drawer backs so the draw (should be drawer?)
    can cantilever when pulled all the way for access to the […]

  • I have a thin airline blanket but its most likely synthetic. Will this work or better to use 100% cotton?

    Many Thanks,

  • Stephen commented on the post, Buying a Gent's Saw 3 months ago

    Hi Izzy,

    I can get the Crown 187L 17TPI for about the same price. Would it be better than the Axminster brandor does it matter?

    Many Thanks and Kind Regards,

  • Stephen commented on the post, How To Make a Strop 3 months ago

    I have a 3mm thick piece of horse butt leather which is too thick to stretch on the wood base. Is it okay to glue it on the wood base and clamp it or is this considered too thick to use well? One side is too […]

  • Dear Team,

    My brace is an old Stanley 965-10 . However it does not have a spring in the auger chuck and I was wondering if it was missing or this brace didn’t have one? It seems to work fine so I was wondering […]

  • Hi all,

    I just purchased a Somax “Blue” small saw set from Lee Valley. I called and spoke to customer service person since they say no longer available on their web site. They were very helpful as usual and […]

  • Hi Izzy,

    I just purchased the small “Blue:” Somax from Lee Valley. However, they were and are listed as not available now. I emailed LV and as usual received a prompt reply stating that Somax has gone out of […]

  • Hi Issy,

    Thank you for the answers. Good to know that the 44 cutters work if I ever need more sizes. !’ll prepare a wooden fence for my 043.

    Many Thanks and please keep up the great work you do for us all,

  • Dear Izzy,

    (Please forgive my misspelling of your name earlier!)

    Perhaps the slots I see in the photo would allow for a wooden base?

    Kind Regards,

  • Hi Lizzy,

    I picked up a Record 043 and love how it works and its simplicity. Thank You.

    Should the skates be flattened and polished on a diamond plate or perhaps any other fettling?

    Finally, does Paul […]

  • My last on router plane questions…Is it a problem that the Lie Nielsen router plane doesn’t have a “V”

    Thank You,

  • Dear Lizzy,

    Will the Lie Nielsen take a wooden base or rather does it have the screw holes predrilled to accept a wood base?
    If not (doesn’t look like in the photograph of the plane) how difficult is it to […]

  • Dear Izzy,

    Has Paul ever shown or written how he sharpens the inside curve of a goose neck card scraper? Perhaps a 1/2 round file or…?

    Thank You! Hope I’m not asking too many questions.
    Warmest Regards,

  • Good to know we dont need anymore than the diamond plates and a shop made strop as described.

    Thank you again for all of the concern and great advice!


  • Hi Lizzy,

    Do the thicker blades flex enough in your experience for example with Hock and the thick Rider blades?


  • Hi Folks,

    Any reason not to use a honing guide for No. 80 irons? At a projection of about 17mm it produces a 45 degree beveI and I noticed you use one on the thinner blades/irons in the article: “FAITHFULL #80 […]

  • Hi Paul and Izzy,

    When sharpening bench chisels we generally remove the burr on the back with the 1200 diamond stone before stropping both sides. Should we use a shaped slip stone (diamond, or oil?) in an extra […]

  • Thanks Izzy,

    Makes sense. I did find ferrules at Workshop Heaven as well in different sizes.

    Thanks so much for all of the help,

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