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
This will probably
be one of the most beneficial hours
you have spent learning woodwork. Chisels are such a fundamental...
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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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Sawing Fundamentals

Sawing Fundamentals


Learning to cut accurately with handsaws takes practice and the right techniques. Chris can show you how. He describes...[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 Compass (Video Download)

Blacksmithing for Woodworkers: Forging A Compass (Video Download)


In Forging A Compass, expert blacksmith Peter Ross walks you through the stepsat the forge and the workbenchto create...[Read More]
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British Saws and Saw Makers from 1660 by Simon Barley

My affair with English saws began a long time ago.

Sometime around 1998 I met Ken Hawley at his delectable tool shop in central Sheffield, renowned as the place that announced in the window "We sell nowt [in local dialect "nothing"] but tools". Most of what I got there was new tools, but I also acquired...


Saw Sharpening Bench by Bill Rittner

The pic below shows the top and the wood that I will use in this project. The wood has been collected over the last year.

For shop projects I don’t usually buy the materials, but try to use what I have, what I can repurpose, or can find from others discards. The first thing I found was the top.

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Roy's Saw by Will Myers

When you walk in the front door of Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School and look to your left in the window hanging above Roy’s stuffed chicken is a large frame saw.

Now the chicken is an interesting object and makes one wonder why someone would have a chicken stuffed, and furthermore why it is at a woodworking school.

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Turning a Chisel Handle with Paul Sellers

In this video Paul Sellers shows you how to turn a basic chisel or tool handle. Following these few simple steps, you will see that although there are many types of handles, the principles are virtually the same.

You can bring your old chisels and gouges very easily back to their former glory.

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Special Etch Saws by Kim Malmberg

My largest hand tool fetish are saws. I have been using them since I was a child and I have always liked hand sawing, even when I got into power tools. So saws are always welcomed to my home, even when sound judgment tells me I shouldn't bother.

I might end up with some hopeless cases, some entirely useless ones, but sometimes even if the saw is beyond salvation, it might still provide something very useful.

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Filosophy - Use & Care of Files with Tubalcain (part 1 and 2)

Mr. Pete explains and shows how to use files and care for them to achieve the best performance.



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Saw Handle Horn Repair by Daryl Weir

I always start by looking at the broken area and decide on how I want to make the initial cut to remove the damaged area.

I've done this quite a few times but decided to take a few pictures this time on the process I go through to replace a horn. I wished I'd start taken pictures before I partially cut the top horn off.

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Scrub Plane - a Historical Perspective - with Paul Sellers

In times past, before Stanley Rule and Level cast their first all-metal scrub plane, well used and worn-down wooden smoothing planes were kept as roughing planes for scrubbing off rough surfaces in preparation for more refined work.

Longer planes such as jack planes and jointer planes followed to further level and straighten the work before the smoothing plane smoothed out the final surfaces.

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Making a Turn Screw with Jack Rowe, Master Gunsmith


Jack Rowe, Master Gunsmith, demonstrates how to hand make a custom turn screw (screwdriver) to fit gun screws. Part 1 and 2.


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Erik Anton Berg – Maker of Pliers by Kim Malmberg

In another story on this website I mentioned that the Erik Anton Berg company made a lot more than just chisels and plane irons. Berg was also a prominent maker of pliers, amongst other things.

I have an unhealthy affection for those odd tools. I like files, knives, measure tapes, and I like pliers. They are a necessity when I restore old tools, but they are also beautiful.

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The Ironmonger - The King of Hardware Trade Journals By Geoffrey Tweedale

Anyone who has picked up an old saw, plane, or knife soon looks for a trade mark or maker’s name.

These can identify and sometimes date an artefact. But one often wants to know more about the history of the manufacturer or individual. Reference books and other published sources – such as newspapers and directories – can sometimes provide a lead. But they do not usually give much detail.

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Eleven Grooved Box Step by Step – Part 9 and 10 by Jim Harvey

When the sawn box edges are as good as they are going to get, it’s time to install those lip strips.

The glue up is not as intense as when the box itself was assembled but it’s still a good idea to dry fit and lay things out before hand. Remember these strips were carefully marked to match the grooves they were created in.

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Unusual Panel Saw - American Saw Co. by Wiktor Kuc and Joe Steiner

"Hey Wiktor,

I don't know if this interests you but here are some pics of a saw from a co. that is the first example I have seen (maybe you have some examples) but which I would think are relatively scarce.

The saw was in rough shape and the etching was nowhere to be seen behind some very thick rust."

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Eleven Grooved Box Step by Step – Part 7 and 8 by Jim Harvey

Now all the pieces are completed and have been dry fit successfully. I have sanded all the inside box surfaces to 280 grit as sanding would be difficult after the box is assembled.

Titebond III is used because it has a longer open time than the usual yellow glue but i still have to work very quickly.  All components are laid out and strap clamps have been adjusted so they can be quickly tightened.

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Refinish a Saw Tote by Bill Rittner

Woodrough & McParlin Panel Saw No. 8 XXX - 22", 9ppi, crosscut by Daryl Weir

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1941 - American Swiss Pattern Files of Precision catalog

1892 - The Slojd System of Woodworking by B. B. Hoffman, A. B.

1904 - The Teacher's Hand-book of Slojd by Otto Salomon

1918 - Disston Catalog and Price List

1937 - Saw Efficiency by Ohlen-Bishop Company

1913 - Carpenters' Tools - Catalog and Price List by The L. & I. L. White Co.

1909 - Edge Tools - Catalog and Price List - The L. & I. L. White Co.

1911 - Premium Mechanics' Tools catalog - The James Swan Co.

Grobet USA - Files and Rasps Catalog

1703 - Mechanical Exercises or the Doctrine of Handy-Works, applied to the Arts of Smithing, Joinery, Carpentry, Turning, Bricklayery by Joseph Moxon

1852 - Sheffield As It Is - being a Historical and Descriptive Hand-Book


Eye Witness Works

Tweedale’s Directory of Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers

2nd Edition

Taylor's Eye Witness factory in Milton Street, Sheffield – yesterday and today. The factory was built in Victorian times to supply domestic and overseas markets with pocket-knives, table cutlery, and razors. The firm is still in production. It is one of hundreds profiled and illustrated in Tweedale's Directory.

Find more in the Directory.

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