There is always a better way...
|Veritas PMV-11 Bench Chisels|
Other times while doing a "wood" upgrade I have changed the design to better suit my use for the tool. This is most apparent in the handle replacement I did for my Knew Concepts saws. A secondary industry had already started for fine wood handle replacements for these saws, except they more or less replicated the whitewood handle that was supplied with the saw. I felt the saw would be more easily used with a longer and heavier handle, I had my machinist buddy makes some brass fittings to my specs and turned some
|I Knew I was onto something...|
Friends of mine have really enjoyed this adaptation and continue to use these handles to this day.
My little hammer makes the big stage
|Early Versions for friends|
I made a few of these hammers and gave most of them away to friends for their use. Little did I know where that would lead. A few of the guys I gave them to are well known toolmakers and they loved the design. In fact this became their go-to plane hammer almost immediately and others took notice at shows; the next thing you know we were talking to Robin Lee of Lee Valley fame about them being made by Veritas to sell. That was well over a year ago and I am very pleased that my little plane hammer is now in the Fall Woodworking Catalog from Lee Valley and is part of their regular product line going forward. This is a pretty big deal for me and something I am very proud of. Hopefully others will find my design useful and use them in their own shops.
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And it's not just a plane hammer...
Since the creation of this hammer, I have found it useful for many more things than adjusting my wood and metal bodied planes. This hammer is rarely off of my bench, a few of the uses I have found include:
- I frequently use it as a small "persuader" for joinery,
- it's the perfect tool for tapping Dominoes or dowels into their slots with mushrooming them,
- It is just hard enough to pound in copper nails without deforming the head on them,
- Tapping in wooden plugs
- more to come....