I’ve bought woodworking tools and equipment from Axminster for decades now. Always a good service.
Just lately I’ve begun a move from making large furniture items to making smaller things, with an associated reduction in machine tool use and an increase in hand tool use. Since Veritas have always been a favourite manufacturer of mine a few of their items, via Axminster, have got on my to-buy list.
Two problems arise:
- Not all Veritas stuff is available via Axminster (or any other UK supplier).
- Some items are only part-available - the main item but not the accessories.
Number 2 is the most annoying. For example:
I recently bought a Veritas skew block plane, which is a very fine and functional thing. I want the depth stop that fits it for help making precise-depth rebates. Not available, except by back order with a wait time of 6-7 months! I want two spare blades (to hone to make 45 and 55 degrees cutting angles, thus making a 3-fold block plane from one body). No spare blades available, except via back order and the 6-7 months wait.
Why sell only part of a tool? One becomes all suspicious that there is a marketing fellow trying to get us to buy other whole planes to serve the functions that just one can serve. Paranoia strikes deep, see?