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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A Traditional Tool Chest in Two Days with Christopher Schwarz DVD

A Traditional Tool Chest in Two Days with Christopher Schwarz DVD


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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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Blacksmithing for Woodworkers: Forging A Compass (Video Download)

Blacksmithing for Woodworkers: Forging A Compass (Video Download)


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Box Builder's Handbook

Box Builder's Handbook


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Building a Bench Hook 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.


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 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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The 75th Anniversary Disston D115 Jubilee Saw by Kim Malmberg

A couple of years ago I was probably the luckiest I have ever been during my four year long career as a prolific rust hunter.

For less than 70 euro I bought a Disston no 12, a Disston no 7 and a almost unused Disston D115 Jubilee saw in the same transaction.

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How to Grind and Use a Flat Bottom Drill Bits from Tom's Techniques

An easy way to create a non-precision flat bottom hole is with a flat bottom drill.

This video demonstrates how to quickly make and use one.

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

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Scottish Panel Plane by Jim Hendricks

Without any doubt my little Scottish infill panel plane is my most “go to” plane of all.

Another masterpiece from my favourite auction site, this plane came to me fairly cheaply but in need of quite a bit of work.

The first thing to tackle was the chip to the rear handle… as the sharp edge was very uncomfortable to hold...

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English Joiners' Tallow Pots by James E. Price

It was a chilly, rainy day on the Ozark Border all day so it was a good excuse to hide in the shop and make something useful...

Today's project is a tallow pot, a small wooden box in which beef or mutton tallow and sometimes beeswax were kept for lubricating the soles of planes and the blades of backsaws.

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How to Hand Sharpen a Twist Drill Bits from Tom's Techniques

Knowing how to hand sharpen a twist drill is a basic skill every machinist should possess.

It will not only save money, it will also enable you to grind better performing tools for use on the lathe and mill.

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

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How to flatten the sole of a plane with Paul Sellers

Paul Sellers shows how to flatten and shape the sole of a bench plane.

This technique is the first step once you have bought a new bench plane or have acquired a used plane.

Without this fairly simple step woodworking planes may not function correctly and may even damage projects ...

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Portable Planing Board by Jim Harvey

Lately I’ve gotten much more interested in using hand tools... I don’t have a real bench though, just an old office desk and there is not a good way to hold a board down flat to work on it.

Holdfasts just don’t work well with an office desk. My 11×48 inch planing board clamps easily in the bench front vise, or in a Work Mate.

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J. Taylor & Son - 26 inch Hand Saw by Daryl Weir

The English saws are not my specialty, but this one caught my eye... I purchased it on a whim from eBay a while back.

Now, I knew this saw was in rough shape when I bought it.

However, it appeared to have an interesting handle – the wood had an open grain and I suspected it is either mahogany or rosewood.

The five iron screws appeared to be somewhat crudely made.

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My Routers and How I Use Them by James E. Price

As I was using my favorite D router today and listened to the cutter shaving the wood from a recess and marveled at how quiet it was compared to the scream of an electric router.

That is why I like to use unplugged tools. I can hear and feel how the blade is engaging the wood. I have owned this old router for years and each time I get it out to use I marvel at the patina on it from decades of use.

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Addis: A Famous Name in Carving Tools by Geoffrey Tweedale

In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, only a few manufacturers established a reputation in the niche market of carving tools for woodwork.

However, the first enterprise to carve its name (as it were) into carving tools manufacture was Addis. It was once said that ‘the best, and indeed the only [carving tools] that are fit for use, are made by Mr. Addis’...    

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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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