Type of sharpening?
Water stones, and diamond stones.
How many tools are too many?
This is a fine line – are there ever too many planes? When you loose count – you probably have too many.
Are the new Woodriver “Bedrock” style Planes a blatant rip off of a Lie-Nielsen?
Are the new Stanley Sweetheart Planes worth it?
Should I make a tool or buy it?
Make a plane? Sure why not, it’s a great experience. Make a saw? A bit more challenging.
Buy new or vintage?
Depends? Are you collecting the tools or using them? In some cases a new tool is more worthwhile.
$2000 planes – a wise investment?
If you want to buy a beautiful handcrafted plane then by all means. Are you going to use it?
Smoothers: Bevel up or bevel down?
Bevel down work really nicely.
Should I sharpen my kitchen knife?
Sure, why not – use a waterstone.
How flat does the bottom of my plane have to be?
Japanese vs Western whatever (chisels, planes,etc)
Again, depends on what you like to use. I have some Japanese tools, and lots of Western ones.
Best hand-made saws?
Should I restore this plane?
How badly deteriorated is it? Heavy corrosion? – forget it, unless it is a rare plane.