I have made lots of miniature tools
and I have been able to find small ones like the little boxwood
spokeshave in the first two photos. I photographed it adjacent
to a common English boxwood spokeshave which is 11 3/4ths inches
long so you are aware of the scale.
I was delighted when Veritas
started manufacturing tiny user tools and over time have added
one each year when a different one becomes available. They are
wonderful tools that I use often.
In order to protect them I made a
case for them that keeps them free of dust and humidity.
The dovetailed case has brass
banding on the rim and the profile of a small Dutch plane carved
out of walnut set into a recess in the end.
The miniature tool that I use most
is the shoulder plane which has a sole 1/4th inch wide. The
little router gets a workout too followed by the spokeshave. I
use both the shoulder plane and router to even grooves for
banding that were created with a scratch stock.
James E. Price
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