10 Essential Furniture Repairs DVD

10 Essential Furniture Repairs DVD

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Revive your furniture by learning professional conservator Joshua Klein's 10 must-know furniture fixes. Check and fix...[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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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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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! [Read More]

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Hollow Auger by James E. Price

I just got home from the post office with this tool from Martin Donnelly. When I saw a photo of it on eBay I knew it belonged in my collection because I have collected hollow augers for well over 50 years and have never seen one made from a rabbet plane.

It has a handforged three-post tang so it could be rotated with a brace and a rabbet plane bolted to a block of wood with a hole in it.


Howarth's "Sheffield Pad" Brace by Jim Hendricks

James Howarth is one of my favorite names amongst the Sheffield edge tool businesses. His irons are commonly found in 19th century planes, yet he was far more than that. He produced many tools in the mid 1800s and this beautiful "Sheffield Pad" brace is testament to that. Listed as "edge tool maker, engraver, die sinkers' tool and cast steel auger...

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Thomas Moodey - 18th Century Plough Plane by Richard Arnold

Collecting 18th century ploughs is something of a passion of mine and this is the first example I ever found.

The plane is marked Moodey, and is almost certainly by Thomas Moodey of Birmingham. It is now thought that the earlier planes marked Moodey, Worcester, were by his father.

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This is a Stick Up! by Jim Hendricks

A few tools are considered uniquely British but few are
more deserving of this definition than the old "pig sticker" mortise chisel.

Still made in England today, this design hasn't changed much in more than two centuries, proof if it were needed that it was perfect to begin with. The strength of this style of mortise chisel is pretty obvious - brute force and virtual ...

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Building a Kerfing Plane by Kat Beers-McCormick

I am a woodworker who works 100% without power tools. I needed to make a tool to re-saw thick boards into thinner boards and to make my own banding and veneers. 

Tom Fidgenís kerfing plane was the tool I needed to build. I used the design in Tomís book, The Unplugged Woodshop, for the plane and added a moveable bridle fence of my own design.

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1840ís Plow Plane Tune Up by Jason Stamper

I have had this little 1840ís plow plane for a few years now and it has been a great tool.

A while back I did a whole write up on it that you can see here. This has been a dandy little plane and performed very well over the few years Iíve owned it. However, lately Iíve noticed that if I am cutting a deeper groove a problem arises.

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English Joiners' Mallet by James E. Price

I have heard quite a few discussions concerning mallets but I have seen no reference to fine English joiners' mallets.

I guess it is up to me to discuss one. I have used this particular mallet for several years and find it to be just the right one for tapping mortise and tenons together. It weighs about two pounds...

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Making a Winding Sticks by Jim Hendricks

The trouble with wandering into the mysterious world of real woodworking, aka - making furniture, is that you need a whole bunch of new gizmos to do it properly!

The benefit of being an amateur woodworker i.e. a toolmaker is that you can make these gizmos! Apparently, to make cabinets you need winding sticks. I often see people peering at them and go "umph" ...

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Stanley No. 55 Case by James E. Price

If you own a Stanley 55 and all its parts, you have probably been frustrated on the best way to store it so you don't have to put it together each time you use it.

Someone, probably a finish carpenter, many years ago arrived at a solution to the problem and built a box to efficiently store his 55 with all its parts and cutters.

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Set of Marking Gauges for Pattermnakers - Casting Journal, 1910

I am sending sketches of a set of marking gauges made by me and which I have found very useful. They are light, yet strong, and le space in the tool kit.

A great many patternmakers do all gauging with one marking gauge, any measurement beyond the capacity of the gauge ...

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Mr. Punch Adjustable Mouth Coffin Smoother by Jim Hendricks

Not long ago I received a SORBY coffin smoother with adjustable mouth. It is in great condition but quite dry.

It needed feeding then waxing.

When selecting a possible candidate on eBay or other markets I always try to look for "crisp".

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18th Century British Button Pad Stock Braces by Richard Arnold

At a recent East Midlands TATHS meeting we had a discussion about early braces.

The first button pads to appear were made of iron rather than the usual brass examples commonly seen right through the 19th century.

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Latest Updates and Additions

Gabriel's Dado Plane from Seaton Chest by Richard Arnold

Unusual Plane by James E. Price

Robert Towell Mitre - Blonde to Brunette, Part 3 by Jim Hendricks

Siegley's Adjustable Plane - Carpentry & Building, Vol. 6.

Robert Towell Mitre - Part 2 by Jim Hendricks

Making a Scorp by James E. Price

Preliminary Notes on the Metallic Plane Co. by Wiktor Kuc

Bench, Hand and Breast Drill of the Millers Falls Co. - Automobile Trade Journal, 1920

George Darby - 18th Century Moulding Plane by Richard Arnold

English Saw-Set by James E. Price

17th century Cooper's Plane by Jim Hendricks

Stan Shaw, a Sheffield Pocket-knife Maker by Geoffrey Tweedale

An Interesting Electrical Power Plant - The Iron Age, Vol. 55

1881 - Disston's "Star Saw Set" - The Builder and WoodWorker, Vol. 17.

1902 - The Chapin-Stephens Co. New Catalog - Iron Age and Carpentry and Building

Henry Stanley - Stanley Rule & Level Co.

1895 - An Interesting Electrical Power Plant - The Iron Age, Vol. 55.

1858 - Changing the name of "Hall & Knapp" to "The Stanley Rule and Level CompanyĒ

1918 - Stanley Works Sales Convention - Hardware World, Vol.13.

Latest Downloads

1959 - Marples "Shamrock Brand" Tools Catalog

1904 - The Simonds Saws & Knives catalog - Simonds Mfg. Co.

1935 - Marples "Shamrock Brand" Tools for Plumbers and Glazers

1932 - The "How-To Do-It" Book for Home Workshops - E. C. Atkins & Co.


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Alfie Shine was researched and developed by Jim Hendricks for use on his extensive collection of rare and valuable woodworking hand tools.

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