I guess as you delve into the art or wood creativity, it’s easy to start making friends through blogs, woodworking classes, or conventions that share the same interests. It’s even cooler when, by off chance, you happen to make that friendship and it crosses paths throughout your woodworking saga.
I was looking up hand-built wooden handplanes one day, and came across a blog called “Toolerable” where he made his own Jointer Plane (of the Krenovian style out of Maple). I was intrigued and began following his blog. Brian: thanks for meeting me out in Tegernsee!
I also received a consolation prize, hand-built by Brian himself (in his series to encourage beginners to hand-tools with only the most fundamental of tools): a half-lapped Square (in my hand above and shown, in its full glory, below).
I haven’t gotten around to building one of these yet (nor do I have a square that’s over 4 inches), so this is the perfect addition that I needed. I only wish I would’ve had the same forethought to build something in return. Brian: it will get continual use in my shop… just wait!
Of course, Brian wrote up a better post than I, which includes his finish that I was grilling him about… finishing is something that I’m still trying to find my way. I’ve been wanting to do an almost purely wax finish, and that’s exactly what Brian did with this; his instructions provided here.