Deneb Puchalski

Straight Talk on Sharpening

While a cambered plane blade works fine, why start the hard way? By Deneb Puchalski Pages: 40-43 From the December 2011 issue # 194 Buy the issue now A sharp edge is an absolute necessity for hand-tool woodworking – but for many beginners, sharpening plane irons and chisels is an obstacle rather than a gateway...

A Trickier Ruler Trick

Anything – a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g – that reduces the time I spend sharpening my tools makes me giddy. Care Bear giddy. Monchichi giddy. Making tools dull is more fun. A few years ago I found a way to use a thin ruler to help me stone the faces of my card scrapers. It’s...

Tiny Teeth Tame Tear-out

A toothed blade in your handplane magically eliminates ugly tearing. By Deneb Puchalski Pages: 46-49 From the October 2009 issue #178 Buy this issue now The recent renaissance of low-angle, bevel-up planes reintroduces us to a little-known plane blade: the toothed or grooving blade. There is written documentation from the early...