Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Futz if You Must

Although I often use scratch stocks in my repair work, there is nothing quite like the satisfaction of having just the right molding plane to replace a small piece on a project in the studio. None of my tools are of the fancy collector variety and some of them other most discriminating tool connoisseurs would pass by because they need occasional fiddling to get to work right.

Almost my entire tool set was picked by a man named Skip Brack, owner of Liberty Tool Company. As “users” from estate auctions and old sheds around New England, these are ready to be put in the hands of folks that appreciate them for what they were created to do. I so appreciate having these guys around and it’s a good feeling to carry their story a little further.

The moral of the anecdote is: Don’t be too picky about your tools. Futz if you must. Don’t beat yourself up that you can’t afford any of those primo infill planes. Lord knows I can’t and I get by just fine. I like my tools like I like my furniture: workmanlike but not extravagant.


  1. Liberty Tools is one of the finest places on earth!
    There's nothing like mulling over the tools directly. Far better than viewing an online list, no matter how well the tool seller photographs the tools. Having them in hand matters and one can get lost in Liberty Tools. Highly enjoyable and a MUST SEE for anyone who can get to them.

    Unfortunately, any of their stores are just over a 7 hour drive from where I live. I visited them several times while attending the Wooden Boat School in Brooklin Maine.

    Thanks for the reminder!

    1. My studio is five minutes from Wooden Boat. Next time you take a class there give me a ring!