On Stumpy Nubs, James reviews five tools he loves that are produced by maker businesses. As always, being a woodworker, these are related to that domain of making, but since most of us own planes, chisels, do home repairs and projects…
James looks at a star knob for planes, a table leg mortising jig, a diamond sharpening system for chisels, a router table, a carpenter’s square, and the reader-recommended Zebra F-701 pen.
I like buying tools from makers not only because I’m supporting them and small businesses, but I’m also fascinated (and usually impressed) by tools that are designed by people who use them every day. Real solutions to real problems.
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