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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Sharpen Your Handsaws

Sharpen Your Handsaws


Anyone can Sharpen a Saw Learn secrets to sharpening backsaws & handsaws Discover the truth about shaping and set Cut...[Read More]

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A Winchester Desk: Joinery Inside & Out

A Winchester Desk: Joinery Inside & Out


Secrets from the Past Revealed Learn the how and why of secret compartments. Understand the joinery used to build classic...[Read More]
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Blacksmithing for Woodworkers: Forging a Custom Hinge DVD

Blacksmithing for Woodworkers: Forging a Custom Hinge DVD


Don't settle for standard, store-bought hardware for you next woodworking project. Make your own by following the clear...[Read More]
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A Cabinetmaker's Notebook
A CabMaker's Notebook
A well known work by Krenov, this is the first in a series of four books written about the art and craft of cabinetmaking....[Read More]
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Build a Custom Backsaw DVD with Matt Cianci

Build a Custom Backsaw DVD with Matt Cianci


Create your own custom backsaw with Matt Cianci Backsaws should be very personal tools, so building your own custom...[Read More]
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Conditions of the Iron Trade in Eastern Pennsylvania - American Manufacturer and Iron Trade, 1881

On July 22, 1881 the American Manufacturer and Iron Trade weekly paper published series interviews with key businesses in Philadelphia under title “Conditions of the Iron Trade in Eastern Pennsylvania”. One of the interviews was conducted with representatives of the Henry Disston & Sons. It describes the Disston's business conditions in 1881.


Mortise and Tenon Gauge by James E. Price

I taught some guys how to make mortise and tenon joints and snapped these photos of the mortise and tenon gauge.

I made it back in 1986 out of a piece scrap brass.

It saves lots of time and there is no trial and error testing of the tenon or mortise before you put them together.

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Grindstones - the Oldest Establishment in This Country from the American Manufacturer, 1873

About the year 1769 a few tons of grindstones arrived in Philadelphia from Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, consigned to Joshua Fisher & Sons.

From this small beginning Philadelphia has become the headquarters for the manufacture and sale of grindstones...

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Making a Wooden Jointer Plane by Will Myers

Bill Anderson sent me a copy of a video he recently made with Joshua Farnsworth from Wood and Shop on making an 18th century wooden jointer plane.

Bill covers every detail of how to make the jointer plane. He explains in depth, wood selection, layout process, cutting and shaping of the entire plane, finishing, tuning, and even how to use it.

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Anti-Racking Spacers - Workshop Appliances by Cecil Rogers

Racking is as old as vises are! End vises, face vises, Moxon vises... Most seem to suffer from it.

Over the last twenty years or so, there has been a hand tool renaissance, and there are thousands of resources for hand tool enthusiasts out there.

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Boring Brass and Plastics Safely from Tom's Techniques

One of the most hazardous operations in the shop is drilling holes in plastic or brass, especially in the drill press. Here is a simple technique to prevent drills from grabbing when drilling soft materials.

My interest in machining continued through college where I attained an associate degree in Machine...

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Stringing or Purfling Saw by James E. Price

Over a period of at least 50 years I have made many of my own woodworking tools to fulfill special needs.

The best way to describe the tool in the photos is that it is a saw. I know, it does not look like a saw but it is a saw I use to insert wooden stringing or purfling into some of my projects.

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Three Little Castings by Jim Hendricks

One day, flicking through eBay I stumbled on these three little orphans.

Having won the auction for a song…(after all…they were three old rusty hulks!)… I asked the seller if he knew anything of the history.

He replied that he did not know much other than his grandfather said he got them from his father...

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Planing Board - Workshop Appliances by Cecil Rogers

You don't need a planing board. But, if you have one, you will use it... a LOT!

Using battens, doe's feet, holdfasts, planing stops, and other appliances, a proper woodworking bench will perform every single task that a planing board will. So, what's the advantage?

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The Forgotten Art of the Two-Legged Parser by Geoffrey Tweedale

The multi-blade knife has a history that stretches back at least a couple of hundred years.

It was in the late 19th century that the multi-blade knife reached its peak in terms of workmanship, quality, and finish.

The leading centre for their manufacture was Sheffield.

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Building a Trestle Table - part 2 by Will Myers

The next step in the trestle table build is the long stretchers.

The length of these are of course variable to whatever length of table you want to make.

The stretchers for this table are 63in long overall by 1 1/4in thick and 3 1/2in tall yellow pine.

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Building a Bench Hook - Workshop Appliances by Cecil Rogers

A bench hook is nothing more than three sticks of wood. More often than not, they can be made of scraps and cutoffs. Designs can be dirt simple or very involved.

Even the simple designs can change depending on the goal of its use, but with a little planning, they can be turned into double or triple duty appliances.

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Building a Trestle Table - part 1 by Will Myers

There are innumerable designs of the trestle table, made of every kind of wood imaginable, every width and length.

Sometimes beautifully made, sometimes on the rough side.

They are a pretty common sight at antique stores and auctions as well.

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How to Grind a Sheet Metal Drill Bits from Tom's Techniques

Sheet metal drill bits, spur drill bits or brad point drill bits are an excellent way to drill a round hole in sheet metal or wood. This video demonstrates how to grind one.

My interest in machining continued through college where I attained an associate degree in Machine...

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Building a 19th C. Style Parlor Guitar - Part 3 by Jason Stamper

Before I get any further I want to make a critical point about guitar building.

You MUST closely observe the relative humidity and temperature in the environment where you are building! This seemingly little fact is one I unfortunately missed, and as a consequence had some big problems.

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Matt’s Dutch Tool Chest by Matthew R. Lisk

After several years of accumulating tools and having less than ideal ways to store them, I finally decided this would be the year for a proper tool chest.

My last "tool chest" was an old GI foot locker that I had picked up at a yard sale. It held all of my tools, but it was greatly lacking in both form and function.

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My Awls by James E. Price

One of the most used tools at my bench is an awl.

I use them for marking centers for boring holes, I use them as scribes, and I poke holes in wood for starting tiny brass screws. These photos show some of my awls but not all my awls.

The one on the upper left is the first one I ever owned. It was 1959 and I was in the Eighth Grade.

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1919 - The Disston Crucible Magazine for the Millman

1920 - American Swiss Files Catalog

1911 - Carpentry and Woodwork by Edwin W. Foster

1904 - An Introduction to Metal-working by J. Charles Pearson

1984 - Boxwood & Ivory Stanley Traditional Rules, 1855-1975 by Philip E. Stanley

1915 - American Blacksmithing, Toolsmiths' and Steelworkers' Manual by Holstrom and Holford

1870 - Woodrough & McParlin section in the James L. Haven & Co.’s Illustrated Catalogue and Price List

1938 - Marples "Shamrock Brand" Tools Catalog - Wm Marples & Sons


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