Meet Raney Nelson of DAED Toolworks
One of the best things about the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool event we hold in our shop each year is getting to hang out with the toolmakers and demonstrators who come to town for the event.
One of the guys I got to spend some time with was Raney Nelson of DAED Toolworks. He’s been making infill handplanes for more than three years, but has only recently begun selling them under the name DAED Toolworks (daedtoolworks.com). (I believe it is pronounced “dead.”)
I purchased a miter plane from Raney last year and have been breaking it in. I’ll be writing more about it in the coming weeks, but the bottom line is that his work is impressive. Both the detailing and performance of the plane are remarkable.
As we were setting up for the show on Friday morning, I took a few minutes talk to Raney as he was setting up for the show. Here’s an edited version:
— Christopher Schwarz
Other Handplane Resources in Our Store
Have you seen the book “Handplane Essentials”? There is a lot of biographical and review information in it about the modern infill makers.
If you’d like to learn to use handplanes, I have a DVD “Handplane Basics,” that walks you through sharpening, setup and use.