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    Several years ago saw a video Frank Klausz did on restoring hand planes. I call it vanity but I think I did a better job of restoration as some of you may remember I used to regrind planes and I still do on a very small scale. Anyway I am a big fan of Franks. I watch everything that he puts out if I can. But and above all I love his no nonsense attitude which is basically you never know what you can do until you try and don't talk about it do it.

    I reground a #4 Bailey and sent it to him, along with a picture of my bench he inspired and a nice letter. I figured I would at least get a thank you card from him, but I didn't hear back in a couple of weeks so I forgot about it and then I got this in the mail. My wife put this in a safe place for safe keeping and it got put in a really safe place for several years.

    Anyway She came across them and put the letter, pictures and shavings in a frame for me. So my matting is wood shaving from the plane. Also I was watching one of his youtube videos and I saw him using that plane. I recognize my work.

    I just thought I would share my story and pictures with you.

    PS: I also have pictures of myself and Norm Abrams hanging on my air cleaner in my shop . I think I will hang this on the door to my shop. That way I will see it and remember each time I enter my shop. Having talked to Norm and this response from Frank I can truly say i think they are both a class act.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Bussey View Post
    PS: I also have pictures of myself and Norm Abrams hanging on my air cleaner in my shop .
    You must have pretty good strength mounting and chains there. I don't know about you, but Norm was not a skinny man.

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    Sep 2007
    Longview WA
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    Tom, You take an old beast of plane and make it into a beautiful top notch plane. Many others take an old beast of a plane and make it a top notch worker while leaving it with its beastly persona.

    "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
    - Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

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    That's great Tom! I always thought Klaus was a class act and your story confirms it!
    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
    - Sir Edmund Burke

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    Having met Frank twice over the last 25 years to say he is a class act and genuine human being is a gross understatement. He is a true gentleman.
    Dave Anderson
    Chester Toolworks LLC
    Chester, NH

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    Dec 2010
    South Coastal Massachusetts
    Everyone I've recommended your planes to has been thrilled.

    Quality shows, and your work shines.

    Kudos on the kerpsakes

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