The Henry Eckert Chisel / Flush Plane is a great tool to have in your workshop. It is cast in solid white bronze to give a tool with the heft to complete its tasks. You can fit it with a Lie-Nielsen low angle jack plane blade, a LN adjustable mouth block plane blade or Henry Eckert PMA11V blades. The plane is available with or without plane blades. The plane blades fit perfectly on the ground flat surface under the plane and are located by a precision ground island which matches the plane blade slot. The blade snaps into place and is held securely by flush rare earth magnets, two on the jack plane blade version and one on the adjustable mouth plane blade version. A tool that gets into hard to access corners or one that removes anything ‘above’ the workpiece surface like dowels, inlay, stringing, marquetry, glue beads etc. More info here… Henry Eckert plane blades fit Lie-Nielsen low angle jack and adjustable mouth and small block planes. They are made in ultimate powdered metallurgy tool steel perfect for the hardwoods we encounter in Australia. More info here…
We’ve all had or seen tools that have deteriorated due to exposure to the elements, mainly moisture. Our Tool Care range gets tools back into top condition and keeps them there. Sandflex Handblocks remove tarnish, rust and oxidation without marking the tools, extremely effective. We use Camellia Oil to keep tools and blades protected against moisture. The Chinese and Japanese have protected their weapons and tools for centuries with Camellia Oil. The beauty is, the oil dries (oxidises) and seals the tool metal. When the tool is used again the oxidised oil removes without leaving anything at all on your workpiece. Our non-toxic & biodegradable, Australian made Tool Polish brings all metals to a lustrous shine. Great for brass, bronze and steel. See our Tool Care range here. Leather tool care products also protect tools and keep them safe. Our Australian & French made leather products include chisel rolls, hand scraper and knife pouches. See them here. The Tool Chest is where we can offer run out products, used workshop, demo, sample and show tools & accessories at reduced prices. Currently we have some very nice Douk Douk knives, an Artifact apron and Boker razors at very special prices. See them here.
They say things often come in threes. Some woodworkers have requested our holdfasts in a set of three for holding long or large workpieces. We now offer a set of three holdfasts. Also new, are three sets of three Shapton glass stones bundles with some savings. We have put together (GS220, GS500 & GS2000) and (GS500, GS2000 & GS4000) and (GS1000, GS4000 & GS8000). Shapton, arguably the best ceramic stones around. You can see them here. For a while we have had a set of 3 drawknives from French maker Arno. Really good drawknives that can take a very keen edge, nice tools. And, Joe and Peter poured some new white bronze castings this week, more later…
Ray Iles comes from a famous edge tool making family in the U.K. Ray comes from the ‘old school’ so hence makes exceptional reliable and sharp tools. His range of carving tools are perfect for spoon carving. Blades are in O1 tool steel and handles are traditional beech. A great Easter project. See Ray Iles’s range of carving tools here. So the odd plane(s), chisel(s) and hand scraper are blunt and backing up. Maybe time for a sharpening session this Easter. We say, with a Henry Eckert Honing Guide & Angle Setting Jig that sharpening a plane blade or chisels’s micro or secondary bevel should take less than 8 minutes including removing and reinstalling the blade. Shapton ceramic whetstones complete the sharpening kit. We also say, sharp tools are the secret to enjoying whatever your woodwork project may be. See our sharpening section here. You can also read and download our sharpening instructions here. We ship overnight with Startrack Express, so there are three shipping days to make it by Easter. Every order this week will include a complimentary Henry Eckert notebook. We think they are really nice to use, I’m on my fourth. The other three full notebooks are safely stored for reference, they seem to develop into diaries… Happy Easter.
We have just had a new delivery from France of Arno drawknives. We have four models, 6″ (150mm) in flat, convex & concave and a 10″ flat. These are very well priced for their quality. High carbon steel, they sharpen particularly well. I’ve had mine for a few years, always does the job very well taking very light finishing shavings or deep cuts for initial shaping. They come with a protective leather cover for you and the knife… You can see them here. We have a special on a few Douk Douk ‘les colors’ knives. Great knives in 3 colours with a stainless 4109 steel blade. Each knife has a small steel to keep them sharp and a leather matching pouch. Made in France. We have a couple of USA Artisan waxed cotton waist aprons, these are the smaller ones that only go as high as your waist, great for bench work. here they are…
We have combined our complete set of 10 HE Hand Scrapers with the world famous Arno Carbur 2 Carbide burnisher to make the ultimate set for hand scraping requirements. So easy to use to fix those problem tear out patches, much quicker set up and more economical than a scraper plane. All at a very nice saving. All Made in France. See them here. The Henry Eckert Marking Gauge system was recently tested in the latest Australian Wood Review magazine, you can view the test here. We’ve been packing our mortise chisels into their individual boxes, it has been a while since they were first conceived, just great to get them onto shelves.
Our mortise chisels are now available. Henry Eckert mortise chisels are manufactured in Australia from PMA11V tool steel. They are socket chisels milled from solid round bar and are hence ‘ferruleless’. The chisel sides are ground at 90° to the blade to maintain a square ‘attack’ on the mortise. They have a primary bevel ground at 25°, and a 35° micro bevel. Backs are hand ground flat. Diligently heat treated to finish at 60-61 Rockwell. The chisels are tough with the ability to stay sharper longer. They sharpen easily on water stones or oil stones. Each mortise chisel has a high tensile steel rod threaded into the blade and handle to provide extra strength and to maintain the handle’s permanent attachment to the blade. The CNC turned handles are from Spotted Gum hardwood for strength and resilience. The handle style is closest to an ‘English carver’ and will suit large and smaller hand sizes. We have some background on the development of our mortise chisel in our news section. They are available in six sizes – 4mm, 6mm, 9mm, 12mm, 15mm & 18mm.
I first met Robert Howard at the Brisbane Timber & Working with Wood Show in May 2004. It was my very first show as importer of Lie-Nielsen tools, I was apprehensive, I had no idea what to expect that weekend. I was aware of Bob’s position in the woodworking world from what I had read in Australian Wood Review. On the last day of the show Bob came up to our booth and announced ” this display of Lie-Nielsen tools is the best thing that has happened at this show, and, I want to buy a plane.” It had nothing to do with me, seeing the whole LN range in the flesh for the first time, on display in all their glory, just got him. Bob is a qualified Mechanical Engineer but has spent most of his life carving wood, making furniture and teaching his students basic and advanced woodwork. I visit to his house reveals an amazing array of woodwork art that is simply breathtaking. The vision for his pieces is exceptional. Here are three of my favourite Robert Howard carvings. Some may say $30,000 is a lot for a US collector to pay for one of Bob’s bowls. When you see them, you’ll think it is under priced. An amazing amount of time of skilled focused work is required to produce these pieces. Nearly all are hollowed & carved from a solid block of wood. I have to admit, I have leaned on Bob quite a few times to glean information and more importantly, get his opinion. He is a thinking woodworker, he likes new ideas, new tools, new techniques and new solutions to old problems. Hence the Howard Adjuster was born during some ‘Zen time’ in his shop. As Contributing Editor for Australian Wood Review magazine Bob has written a multitude of articles. One that remains with me was written by Bob a while ago titled “Zen Rules For Woodwork”. It was about attitude in the workshop, not your usual AWR story, have a look at it here. I’ve been to Bob’s workshop a few times, it is small, intimate, and perfect. It is all there although I suspect there are times when students need to take a deep breath to allow another to pass. So if you live in Brisbane, or want to take a holiday there, contact Bob here and see if you are lucky enough to get a spot in his school, I can think of no better woodwork experience in this country. You never know, you may make something like Bob has below… “It has been a constant surprise to me over the years, and a source of constant pleasure, that no matter how much I learn about woodwork, there is always more to find and to know.” – Robert Howard. Main photo by Linda Nathan.
In The Tool Chest, we have a lovely used Lie-Nielsen 4 1/2 smoother with newly fitted Cocobolo handles, more here. Two good things happened yesterday, the workshop temperature dropped 20°C! and our first production 12mm mortise chisel was finished… It looks nice I think, hope you agree. Good balance, powdered metallurgy tool steel (PMA11-V), socket design, tough straight grained Spotted Gum handles. More info on sizes (metric), availability and pricing soon. Gimlets? The other day I had to insert some screws into a jig I was making. They needed to be close to an edge, splitting was on the cards, a delicate situation. I used one of the gimlets we had made in France, perfect solution. It gripped easily and seemed to pull itself into the workpiece. The feature of these gimlets is that after the locating screw thread it has an auger which removes the wood chips enabling space for the bulk of the screw. Such a great simple effective tool, well made and well priced for a set of seven sizes.
We have a couple of new Sharpening Kits , Basic & Deluxe using Shapton Glass Ceramic Whetstones & Henry Eckert Honing Guide Kit.