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Yesterday we featured a product that can turn your a chisel into a plane; today we’ll show you a plane that you might use in some of the same operations where you’d use a chisel, like removing glue or trimming plugs. It also works well at trimming box and dovetail joints flush and cleaning up rabbets. You don’t want to use this plane like you would a normal plane though, because there’s no support in front of the blade.

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Scrapers work well for removing glue, paint, and other finishes, but not every surface is flat. For cleaning up curved surfaces, a scraper that can accept blades with different curved profiles would come in handy.

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In this digital age, it seems surprising that companies would still produce measuring devices with dials. Digital is better at everything, isn’t it? Maybe not. Batteries die, displays bounce between two or more readings, readings can be slow to update, and forget about using your digital display outside in International Falls on a winter morning.

You don’t have to be a Luddite to appreciate the simplicity of a needle pointing at a scale. Sure, it takes a little more effort to count the number of ticks past the last number, and a little discipline not to try to interpolate between the ticks to get a more precise reading than the instrument is capable of, but it works now and will continue to work as long as the instrument is well cared for.

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