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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Make a Tote by Bill Rittner

I have been making replacement knobs and totes for planes for a number of years and through this article hope to pass on some of the knowledge I have gained over that time.

Making a new tote is not too difficult for the average woodworker, but explaining the entire process is rather complicated.

So I have chosen to break this article up into several parts to make it easier to digest.


Spot the Fake by Kim Malmberg

I love hand saws. All of them.

In any shape and size. Since woodworking in my case is merely an excuse for dealing with rust I tend to spend most of my shop time working on saws, rather than with them.

Where I live I can rarely find any decent saws. Most of them are badly beaten with ugly or broken handles and damaged saw plates. Which means I have a stack of donor saws where one can provide a plate...

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Reviving a Traditional Tool Chest by Jason Stamper

A few years ago I bought and read Chris Schwarz’s book “The Anarchists Tool Chest.” When I found this book I was in the process of making a tool box with a lift up front.

Even as I was making this toolbox, I realized it would end up being far too small for my burgeoning tool collection. After reading the book and thinking about it, I decided I would need to build my own tool chest.

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Notes on the Roubo Bookstand by Jim Harvey

A Roubo Bookstand is made from a single piece of wood.

It opens as pictured or folds flat. The design is actually much older than Andre Roubo (he wrote in the 1770s), it is a traditional form for supporting the family Quran.

Searching the Internet for “Roubo Bookstand” will keep you busy for many hours.

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Disston No. 77 Backsaw by Daryl Weir

If you saw this on eBay, just listed, with a 'Buy it Now' of $24.99, described as a 10" Disston No.4, what would you do?

This question and pictures were posted on, in Woodworking Hand Tools section discussion forum sometime ago. The suggested answers are interesting and some of them are posted here.


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Rinehart Museum Auction Yields Patented Saw from Alton, Illinois by Mike Urness

Several years ago I participated in events that marked beginning of the end for the massive collection of tools and other historic artifacts amassed by the former Elmo Rinehart.

It was displayed in the different buildings of his RRR Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Re-cutting and Re-sizing Saw Teeth with Paul Sellers

No matter the reason, this video show you how simple it is to cut new saw teeth in any handsaw.

Yes, that means from small dovetail saws to the largest hand saws you have. If you have a saw you ruined, then file off the teeth and reach for your junior hacksaw. You are on your way to a saw tooth re-cut you won't regret no matter the maker old and new.

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Testing the “Richard Tomes” Memorial Infill Panel Plane by Jim Hendricks

This week I finally had opportunity to get the plane tested by Douglas Coates of Coats England who is not only one of this country’s fine craftsmen in wood… but also a good friend and a very honest critic of things wood in general… so I knew his views during testing would not be sugar coated!

His workshop in the heart of Sevenoaks is ideal for the test because it’s a “proper” workshop... unlike mine which is more akin to the set of Steptoe and Son!

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Fitting a Tang Chisel in a Handle with Paul Sellers

In this video, Paul Sellers shows you a very simple technique for fitting the tang of any tool into a handle. Following these steps you will be able to restore many tools to their former glory.

To find out more about Paul Sellers and the projects he is involved with visit

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Building a 19th Century Style Parlor Guitar by Jason Stamper

I have always been a good guitar player and it is my favorite instrument to play, so I decided to go for a 19th century parlor guitar.

The guitar is far more complex than the early banjo, but I was determined to give it a try.

This instrument is being based on a Martin 1-18 guitar plan, and is very small compared to a modern guitar.

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Warran & Ted Demands Some Respect by Kim Malmberg

Here's an interesting saw. Those of you who are in the know can start yawning now. But those who aren’t familiar with every sawmaker in the intergalactic entity might want to read a bit further.

The saw is a full length Warranted Superior crosscut saw with a plate length of 26 1/4 inches. The plate height at the handle end is about 7 inches and about 2 1/2 at the toe.

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Installing a Handle on a Tanged Chisel by Bill Rittner

Re-handling a tanged chisel is a little more complicated than re-handling a socket chisel.

But it is not above the capabilities of the average woodworker. If you can turn wood then you can accomplish this task.

Select a blank big enough to make the handle you want and an inch or so longer...

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The “Richard Tomes” Memorial Infill Panel Plane by Jim Hendricks

Richard was a very good friend and someone I admired greatly for his “old school” craftsmanship in all things metal... what I call the “BLACK STUFF”…as I always end up looking like a Victorian chimney sweep’s assistant when I work with the stuff.

The fact that I prefer to work in wood had not escaped Richard’s keen eye… and also that I admired his wonderful work with creating dovetails in steel… and anyone who has successfully done so in wood will know...

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The Eleven Grooved Box – Tools Update by Jim Harvey

I have an improved fixture for making Eleven Grooved Box splines.

Roy Underhill’s video shows the spline blank placed in a grooved block. Then the blank is planed to size with a block plane. The problem is, this eventually cuts some off the top surface of the grooved block

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Building a Stair Saw by Dominic Greco

Before really digging into the building process, I like to get all the raw material together and cut to rough size. Tonight I started on the saw plate.

I dug through my pile of spring steel and located some that I had already "de-blued". While it is easy to remove the bluing via a citric acid bath, that's one step I didn't have to do this time.

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1925 - "Yankee" Tools Brochure

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.

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1703 - Mechanical Exercises or the Doctrine of Handy-Works by Joseph Moxon


Ibbotson Brothers
Globe Works

Tweedale’s Directory of Sheffield Cutlery Manufacturers

2nd Edition

The early history of Globe Works was intertwined with the Ibbotson family.  This was a relatively common name in Sheffield, so untangling the history of the factory is difficult.
Find more in the Directory.

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