Most carpentry hand tools work right
out of the box, but they all work much
better after you've had some time to
fine-tune both the tools and your skill
at using them. I put my 14-inch
Record jack plane to work the day I
bought it. But I didn't get the results I
wanted until I'd taken time to sharpen
the iron and to develop a feel for the
proper angle at which to hold it.
This month's article will review
two new "information hand tools"
that have made their way into my
office "toolbox." Both will work right
out of the box, but like my hand
plane, some fine-tuning will be worth