Restoring our tool making heritage involves both design and construction of the tool
body as well as the making of the blade. This book takes the mystery out of both.
The new shoulder plane lends itself to a mortising plane for hinge gains, a rabbeting
plane, and molding hollows and rounds. The simplicity of construction commends it as
an undertaking early in your tool making venture into these specialty activities. The large
compass plane builds on the scrub plane platform to give you the ability to hollow a
Windsor chair seat or similar indent. And if you want a first project in using dimensional
tool steel look no farther than the carving and layout knife.
Using O1 dimensional tool steel is new ground for many woodworkers. The
availability of a variety of dimensions at reasonable cost is the beginning. Knowing
about heat treating is what makes it useful. It is reassuring to learn that O1 tool steel
remains as fine a steel as any available for the woodworker.