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To get the best performance from your handsaws they need to fit your body and be properly set up. Host Ron Herman shares...[Read More]

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Buying & Restoring Hand Tools with Ron Herman

Buying & Restoring Hand Tools with Ron Herman


Learn how to purchase old hand tools at a good price for restoration purposes. Rom Herman will demonstrate how to restore several types of hand...[Read More]
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Build a Sawbench with Christopher Schwarz

Build a Sawbench with Christopher Schwarz


Build a traditional sawbench as you learn the fundamental hand-tool skills including handsaws, chisels, bench planes,...[Read More]

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Bench Chisels

Bench Chisels
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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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The Great Hand Plane Revival

The Great Hand Plane Revival


Bench-side instruction on tuning, sharpening and using your grandfather's old plane! The Great hand Plane Revival Contains:Four...[Read More]

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Saw Clamping Options, Then and Now by Mike Hagemyer

One of the challenges of keeping oneís saws sharp is having a consistent method to hold it in place for filing.

Early hardware manufactures recognized this and bombarded the public with fancy devises to make this job easier. Most saw vises look somewhat similar but have different methods of actuation.


My Spiers of Ayr Panel Plane by James E. Price

Jim Hendricks, You wanted to acquaint yourself with my Spiers of Ayr panel plane I recently added to my tool chest.

It is 15-3/4ths inches in length and has the sole extending both fore and aft beyond the infill. It's width is three inches and it is in good but not excellent condition. It has some rust pitting and there is a small chip off the tote.

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A Different Kind of Tool by Jason Stamper

They are often called ďThe Greatest Generation.Ē Whatís this got to do with woodworking?

Iím glad you asked, and I promise Iíll get to that in a moment, but I want to give you some more background first.  It was my very personal connection to the World War two era that led me to my most recent tool acquisition.

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Building a Frame Saw - part 2 - Carving the Arms by Jim Hendricks

I started out wanting to copy the Roubo drawing faithfully in carving scrolls on each corner but after the first two... boredom set in and I decided to use another drawing from his book... the beautiful bird wing! I think it worked... It is more balanced. One thing I did learn from all of this - carving English oak is difficult, especially for a beginner...

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Handsaw Quiver by Amy Harrington McAuley

After many years of struggling along with this ridiculous setup for transporting my saws to and from job sites I've had enough.

This past week one saw caught on the edge of a deck and fell onto the concrete and then the Ghost of Ermatinger house unbuckled my strap and all the saws went careening down the stairs.

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Building a Frame Saw - part 1 by Jim Hendricks


I rarely draw anything but armed with Mr. Roubo's genius I though I might have to this time.
Of course the stock will be English oak... so maybe my promise never ever to carve oak again was a tad premature.

The Spring sunlight gave a superb stage for thinking and scribbling.

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Disston's Standard Saw - The Manufacturer and Builder, Vol. 10.

The saw is of such ancient origin, that it would be difficult to find out who made it first, or even how long ago it was invented.

Pictures of saws are represented on the ancient Egyptian obelisks. The hatchet, knife and chisel are no doubt older, and it naturally grow out of them, but the primitive saw was of course a miserable thing when compared with the saw of the present day.

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Additional Notes on Tools and Traditional Crosscut Saw Sharpening by Mike Hagemyer

I have presented several saw restoration projects thus far with the purpose of passing on some of the knowledge and skills required to take charge of your hand saws.

My intent is to share methods that I know work for me. It is easy to say, hey look what I did, but not quite so easy to describe to others exactly how you did it.

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Cumberland Gap National Park Event by James E. Price

I have taught lots of people the old ways of unplugged woodworking and demonstrated old tools and techniques to lots of school children but never have I had the opportunity to enlighten over 2,000 school children within a 6-hour span of time like I did one week ago at The Cumberland Gap National Historical Park near Middlesboro, Kentucky. The event was named, "An American Memoir" and the theme was "American Values".     Full Story>>

Kerfing "Plane" MK.1, part 2 by Jim Hendricks

In order to cut the correct kerf I used a thin kerf Japanese saw, a replacement blade for this saw being used in the kerfing saw.

I used saw nuts from Workshop Heaven to clamp the blade in the slot. Once done, I attached a temporary fence using a small cramp. The results were perfect!

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Snipes Bill Planes by James E. Price

I was getting some molding planes out for a project today and rediscovered one of my snipes bill planes.

These planes often came in pairs, a right and a left, but in your searches you are apt to find only one since molding plane sets were scattered when when chests were emptied and the tools sold.

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Recovering a Lost Gem by Mike Hagemyer

This saw was purchased at auction on eBay with several others for a lot price.

I actually was after the No. 12 in the group but hoped this one would also have possibilities. Based on the handle it looks like an older No. 7 or 8 to me but until it is cleaned up, who knows?

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Kerfing "Plane" MK.1, part 1 by Jim Hendricks

I mentioned how handy it would be to have a kerfing plane (saw) ala Tom Fidgen and I really wanted to use it solely for cutting veneers, so the fixed fence one would be good.

But I want to play with fences, brass rods, turning wheels, and ebony and boxwood. Doing this one first allows it to be a prototype for the handles, ...

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