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My collection of edge-trimming planes.

My collection of edge-trimming planes.

For the last three years I have been paring down my working tool set to the bare minimum by selling off or giving away many of the tools that I amassed while working at Popular Woodworking Magazine.

It was so cathartic I wrote a book about it called “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest,” which is available in ShopWoodworking here.

But there are some tools I couldn’t bear to let go, and here’s why.

John Economaki, the founder of Bridge City Tool Works, is fond of saying that one of the jobs of our tools is to remind us to do our best, even when they are just sitting there on the shelf or in the tool chest, unused. I agree with him, but I also think that some tools have other lessons to teach us.


My non-functioning AMT edge-trimming thing.

Edge Trimming Planes
The only tools I collect are edge-trimming planes, which are all based on the Stanley No.


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