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Christopher Has a Cruel Streak

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This week, Christopher is in Berea, Ky., at Kelly Mehler’s School of Woodworking where he’s teaching a class in building a French bench (you can read about and watch videos of his exploits over on his blog). Usually when he’s out of town, Chris takes all his favorite hand tools along for the ride, but the bench build, for the most part, uses power tools – so he and the students are giving Kelly’s awesome Felder machinery a good workout. He left his hand tools at home.

Now Chris is always generosity itself in allowing me borrow his tools (though I’m doing my best to amass a good working selection of my own). If I need a large router plane, for example, I’m welcome to go in his tool chest and get one. If I need to plane a pesky area of tear-out on a piece of figured wood, I can reach my hand into his hanging cabinet and grab one of his high-angle planes (any excuse to use his Wayne Anderson smoother…). In fact, the only two tools of his I’m forbidden to use are his Andrew Lunn backsaws. The Lunn dovetail saw is, beyond question, the tool of Chris’s that I most covet.

So guess what he left atop his bench, where I can see it every time I walk into the shop?

That’s just mean.

— Megan Fitzpatrick

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  • Michael

    Well I’m confused Megan. Why can you not have one of those saws? Just buy one.

    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      Andrew decided to pursue other interests, so he’s no longer making them. I’ll just have to keep an eye on eBay in the future, and start saving my pennies now!

  • gsuing

    Sprinkle some particle board sawdust around and on top of them.

  • woodbutchr

    I’d suggest you carefully draw a chalk outline around both saws, then hide them. Also a little crime scene tape stretched across the bench would add a nice touch!


    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      I wish I’d been that clever! But he might be reading this, so I doubt I can get away with anything now.

  • Jon

    so, what is the other off-limits tool?

    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      Both the Lunns — but it’s the dt saw for which I long.

  • Dean

    Now that you’ve motivated me highly to obtain an Andrew Lunn dovetail saw, I read that he his no longer making saws! How cruel is that? 😉

  • Andrew Yang

    Never having held an AL saw, why is it your forbidden fruit?

    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      Well, for one thing, it’s beautiful (what can I say…I like pretty things). But it cuts like no other dovetail saw I’ve ever used. Why? I really don’t know – but I suspect Andrew is a sharpening savant – because other makers use the exact same materials (and make very good saws with them), but his just cut like magic (I was allowed to use Chris’s once under close supervision, and I tried out a couple of Andrew’s saws at a Lie-Nielsen show a few years back). And of course, I probably also want it because I can’t have it 😉

  • rwyoung

    I recommend selling them for $66.

  • Village Carpenter

    I recommend replacing them with cheap, plastic-handled saws from the big box store and hiding his A.L. saws.

    • Niels

      moowhaha! diabolical!

    • Andrew Yang

      Diabolical would be selling the AL on eBay and buying a crate of the plastic handled saws…

      • Niels

        oooh, that’s just downright mean! 🙂

  • Steve_OH

    I recommend covering the saws with a pillowcase, so you don’t have to look at them.

    Like a dead body.


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