Stanley Bailey #8 and other daily users--
Back when I was in business I was too busy to learn the old hand tools. Since I have retired I find that I really missed out on some of the finest tools and ways to accomplish the tasks I had. Especially in stair building many of the old tools are the best way to go. Sometimes there are places a power tool just can't get to.
Keith Mathewson, one of our members and one of the finest stair builders out there, gave me some planes and while telling him how much I enjoyed them, I mentioned that I have been looking for a #7 or 8 hand plane. Keith gave me a #8 which is very hard to find. A #8 when tuned up is a pleasure to use, you can flatten large areas such as table tops with one.
You should see Keith's collection of planes, and he uses them, they are not just for show. Keith has mastered tangent hand rail parts, which is top of the line in carpentry and a dieing art. His hand tools play a very important part in his work.
For those who want to do wood working, by all means read up on the old hand tools, you will be very happy that you did. The old tools have opened up a whole new and fantastic world for me. The feel of a fine tuned extremely sharp hand plane is something all of you wood workers need to experience, you sure won't be sorry, but watch out, it can be addictive.
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