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Joinery Handplanes with Bill Anderson

Joinery Handplanes
with Bill Anderson


Learn how to identify, use, and repair wooden and metal joinery planes in this five hour instructional video that's...[Read More]
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A Cabinetmaker's Notebook

A CabMaker's Notebook


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Robert Bloxham - Banbury, Oxfordshire by Jim Hendricks

I have long been fascinated by the evolution of planemaking in the provinces following commercial beginnings in London.

Richard Bloxham is perhaps the strangest in that his planes don't usually conform to the recognized standard. His planes usually having rounded toes and the maker's mark therefore usually appearing...


Cellarman's Boring Tool by James E. Price

The brace is cellarman's boring tool to create a tapered hole in the head of a wine cask for insertion of a wooden or metal tap of like taper.
The brace and its dedicated bit are Austrian in origin. The bit is marked "Wien" for "Vienna". The brace has a two-post cage head with a rather robust wooden pad. The bit is held in the brace chuck by a spring-actuated...

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18th Century Mortising Chisels by Richard Arnold


I had a great day out at the David Stanley auction in February and picked up a few interesting items. One of the dealers had saved these chisels for me as he knew I would appreciate them. The top two are something really special. They have the makers mark of 18th century edge tool maker, Robert Moore of Birmingham.

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Thomas Holt - Lewes, East Sussex by Jim Hendricks

This huge ogee is very rare with less than 200 known examples remaining from this provincial maker. The town of Lewes is about one hour's drive south of me and is steeped in history. The Holt family were wood turners and occupied a tenement in the High Street, now No.12, just scraping a living.

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Bench Dogs by James E. Price

I have seen many bench dogs and they have a binary characteristic; they are either square or round for fitting in holes of like shape in the tops of workbenches.

They oppose either a tail vise or a head vise, or at minimum, to oppose one end of a workpiece while it is being planed. The subject of my post is a type of dog used...

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Shoulder Planes - Samples and Comparison by Jim Hendricks

A shoulder plane is a low angle, bevel up fine surgical instrument with a tight mouth. It differs from a rebate or fillister plane in that they are open mouth, high angle, bevel down hoggers. These planes remove stock fast but not as accurate as shoulder planes. To remove stock to the line, a shoulder plane ...

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Tool Handles - part 2 by James E. Price

For those of you who think unplugged woodworking is
all about planes, saws and chisels I write this post. Lots of other interesting and useful tools were in a past craftsman's tool chest. A type of tool that shows up rather frequently in old tool chests is a tool handle. They must have been important at one time or they would not have been purchased ...

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Three Planes in the Case by James E. Price

I finished another tool case today that holds three planes, two bullnosed rabbet planes, and a shoulder plane.

It is a convenient assemblage of planes I will be using in demonstrations. The shoulder plane is set extremely fine and one rabbet plane is set fine and the other one takes a coarser cut.

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Mother Plane of Christopher Gabriel by Jim Hendricks

At the last Richard Arnold's annual charity event, I was just about to leave when Richard called me back and said he had a little gift for me.

In a room full of hundreds of moulding planes he gave me the most beautiful one of all of them. It was made by Christopher Gabriel, Falmouth and London, 1770-1810.

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Coffin Smoother in Boxwood with Ebony Wedges by Jim Hendricks

Of all the antique coffin smoothers I have two that stand out from all others. First is the larger of the two - a wedged mouth smoother is by John Birch & Son, 11 Emily St., Birmingham, 1855-1868. Wedged mouth smoothers are very rare indeed and this is the only one I have seen in the flesh.

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This brace is tool art at its finest! by James E. Price

Of all the historic braces I own, this one is my favorite because it was made by a master Pennsylvania Long Rifle maker, probably in the late 18th Century and he incorporated the Pennsylvania German icons common on such rifles into this brace. The star, the arrow, diamond, and the heart motifs each had a meaning at that time to the users of those elegant rifles.

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Making Authentic Replica of Trencher by James E. Price

I have been asked by The National Park Service to teach two classes this summer on the art of making authentic replicas of trenchers, the hollowed boards off of which people ate for at least a thousand years. I made a prototype trencher based on research of trenchers used in early America...

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18th C. Forkstaff Plane by James Higgs - presented by Richard Arnold

This plane was made in the18th century by James Higgs of London. I have always been struck by the relatively large number of 18th century Forkstaff planes that have survived, but when one considers how many agricultural implements must have been made over the years, it's perhaps not so surprising.

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