Tasked with making a quantity of small turnings from 3⁄4 " dowel, I initially considered mounting them directly in my lathe’s four-jaw chuck.
Itty-bitty blades, like those on plow planes or small shoulder planes, can be hard to hold steady while sharpening.
Even cordless drills designed to stand upright on their battery packs will easily tip over.
To remind me how long jointer or planer knives have been in use, I write the date of their last maintenance on a short length of painter’s tape stuck to the machine.
It always bothered me that most projects require using only the lower half of a scrollsaw blade, meaning “dull” blades get tossed with their upper teeth still sharp.
For safe, accurate, and clean crosscuts at the tablesaw, there’s no beating a basic shop-built sled.