Hand Tool SIG

Hand Tool Special Interest Group meets on the 4th Sunday of the Month from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

March 26th Hand Tool SIG:
“Stop Wagging Your Tongue, Get In the Groove and Put a Bead On It!

All members and their guests as well as interested prospective members are welcome and invited to attend this meeting.   Members who do not regularly attend the Hand Tool SIG and interested in this topic are encouraged to check out the SIG at this meeting.

Join us for the Hand Tool Special Interest Group meeting on March 26th at the KCWG shop 2pm to 4pm.  

The flurry of Dutch Tool Chest builds happening has shown us there is great interest in learning more about how to create tongue and groove joints using specialty planes.  Add to that joint a nice decorative bead and you can produce elegant looking back boards for a tool chest, cupboard or even a room full of one-of-a-kind wainscot.

Is it as simple as just running a few hand planes down the edges of boards?  Well, almost.  It requires paying attention to a few details and understanding how the specialty planes work, how they are adjusted, sharpening of the blades and what parts are probably missing when you find one in the wild.  Just a little bit of hand-eye coordination help too.

The KCWG has two very nice tongue and groove planes that you should know about.  The secondary market holds great promise with vintage match-planes, beading planes and the oft misunderstood combination planes.  We will look at examples of the most easily acquired tools for doing this simple, but elegant looking joinery.

Drop in and see for yourself how easy this can be once you get the hang of it!

Questions and comments may be sent to Rob Young at rwyoung@ieee.org.  See you on the 26th.

Rob Young


About the SIG

See a YouTube video of Rob Young on Hand Tools at the Guild HERE.

This SIG will consist of people with an interest in acquiring, making, using, tuning and sharpening hand tools. Members agreed they were more interested in acquiring tools for use, rather than as part of a collection.

The group’s focus on acquiring tools might include:HTClass300

  • How to acquire the tools.
  • How to recognize collectible tools with greater value.
  • How much to pay.

Tools that the group might like to make includes:

  • Wood planes.
  • Handles for chisels, files, saws, etc.
  • Try-squares.
  • Levels.
  • Marking tools.

Structure of the Meetings

  • Demonstrations & Discussion
    • Means and methods of using hand tools
    • Acquiring and evaluating hand tools
    • Joinery
    • Relating hand tools to your home shop and the KCWG shop
  • Show & Tell.
    • Bring your new favorites to share
    • Samples of work
      The Hand Tool SIG meets monthly in the KC Woodworkers’ Guild Shop on the fourth Sunday of each month from 2:00 until 4:00 unless otherwise posted.
      For more information on hand tool SIG, contact Rob Young.