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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A Traditional Tool Chest in Two Days with Christopher Schwarz DVD

A Traditional Tool Chest in Two Days with Christopher Schwarz DVD


Woodworkers who use traditional tool chests swear they're the most convenient way to organize tools for work in their...[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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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 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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Build a Custom Backsaw DVD with Matt Cianci

Build a Custom Backsaw DVD with Matt Cianci


Create your own custom backsaw with Matt Cianci Backsaws should be very personal tools, so building your own custom...[Read More]
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The Early Manufacture of Saws in this Country - Iron Age, 1890

There are probably but one or two men now living who are familiar with the history of the manufacture of Saws in this country.

One of these is Emanuel Andrews, of E. Andrews & Son, Williamsport, Pa., who has in his possession the first Sawmaker‘s anvil brought to America.



This saw appeared on eBay in January, 2015. Unfortunately, I didn't make a note on sale price but I know it was high and beyond my pay grade.

Medallion is the obvious item that pops in everybody's eye right away. I have never seen medallion like this, neither anybody I know in this business.

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Making of a Ball Bearing Ratchet Bit Brace - Iron Age, 1899

The ordinary bit brace of the carpenter consisted principally of a rod bent so as to form a crank provided with a rest at one end and a socket at the other end for the reception of the tool, and it might be a handle on the crank.

In these early tools little or no attempt was made toward refining the implement.

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Henry Slater, London, 1868 - 1887 by Jim Hendricks

Henry and son Benjamin were prolific cast iron bodied infill makers cast iron bodied infill makers under their own name and as a supplier to other makers, dealers and even the woodworkers to finish themselves. I recently showed the difference in styles through their period of production...

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Interesting Little Bit Brace by Jason Stamper

In my continuing series on the bit braces I purchased in an eBay lot we come to the little unmarked one.

This brace is quite small at only 8.5 inches from top handle to chuck, and looks to be cobbled together from other parts. It’s pretty much a face only a mother could love.

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Building a Razee Jack Plane - Part 2 by Joe Laviolette‎

 In this part I will get the iron sharp, clean up the body a bit, make a wedge, fit the iron and the wedge, and have the tote shaped.

The plane makes shavings, but the mouth needs some work. After all parts are complete we will test-fitting everything and proceed to finish the project. Lets begin!

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Cleaning Wooden Tools & Linseed Oil by Wiktor Kuc

This outline was triggered by someone's idea of soaking wooden plane in Raw Linseed Oil for days as a means for cleaning and possibly closing checkering and splits in plane’s body. I will address this specific idea at the end.

This is not a laughing matter – fifteen years ago I did this myself because I didn’t know better.

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Building a Razee Jack Plane - Part 1 by Joe Laviolette‎

 Some of the tools I use in my woodworking I build myself. I especially like to build my planes. Although I built several of them already, I always enjoy every new project.

In this article I will show how I build a Razee style Jack Plane. My plan calls for 14 inches plane with a single, 2 inches wide iron. I start with selection of the material.

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Sand Blast File Sharpening - American Machinist, New York.

The sand blast process of cutting raised figures on glass, marble, and other hard, brittle materials has been used for several years, but its use for sharpening files is a recent application.

The large engraving on this page will give a general idea of its operation. To the steam pipe is attached a finch pipe with elbow; to this is attached a piece of pipe of suitable length,...

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Miss. Marples And The Case of Jack The Ripper by Jim Hendricks

I recently wrote about a rare find - a totally unused Wm. Marples coffin smoother I was lucky enough to pick up on eBay UK for a song.

Immediately after that article a number of kind souls pointed out there was ANOTHER boxed "SHAMROCK BRAND" plane on the same auction site, this time a razee jack, though strangely from a completely different seller.

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Hardening and Tempering of Saws by Joshua Rose

The kinds of steel used where elasticity is desired are known as spring steel, blister steel, and shear or double-shear steel, although, for small springs, steel of the tool-steel class is often employed.

The word temper, as used by the manufacturer of steel, means the percentage of carbon it contains, the following being the most useful tempers of cast steel.

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The Tool That Made the Tools by Geoffrey Tweedale

 What was the most significant and widely used tool in nineteenth-century Sheffield?

The answer is not immediately obvious. After surveying publications on the history of tools and exploring the world of tool-collecting buffs, one might imagine that woodworking tools (saws, planes, and joiners’ braces) were of prime importance.

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Filing - Metal Work by H. M. Adam and J. H. Evans

The position of the work is most important in filing, and should be just above the worker’s elbow. But as the work must also be firmly gripped in the vice, and not too high above the jaws, it is important that the top of the vice should be on the elbow level. To hold the file, only one method is adopted for the right hand and it will be observed that the end of the handle is ...

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Jimi and Alfie Go Back in Time! by Jim Hendricks

Today ALFIE came rushing back from the garden to tell me Doctor Who had parked his blinkin' TARDIS in the cabbage patch again!

The second time in a year! He was kind enough to take us shopping… to the middle of the 20th century to be precise. We only had a few bob in old money, so an expensive tool was out...

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Taylor Brothers - Adelaide Works, Sheffield - History Overview

 The founders of the firm - Mr. Joseph and Mr. John Taylor, were both thoroughly practical men, the one having served an apprenticeship as a saw maker, and the other as a saw grinder. In 1835 Mr. Taylor was joined by his brother, and under the style of Messrs. Joseph and John Taylor, they commenced business ...

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Smoke Prints - Documenting Planemaker Marks by Amy Harrington McAuley‎

Recently I was looking at the Goodman's appendix and ran across a small chapter about smoke prints and how helpful they can be in looking at maker stamps and user marks.

So I set out on today's adventure We did have a fine tea strainer in the house but ...

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Say HI to the Royal Yacht "Britannia" by Jim Hendricks

 Like her namesake, this one was due for the scrapheap. But as she sailed into this Kentish harbor, she was put in dry dock assessed by Able Seaman ALFIE! as being restorable.

This is one untouched example of this fine No.27. And I love the age. I am sure this must be one of the early ones. It has issues... but so would you after over 100 years!
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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.

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Building the Portable Moravian Workbench with Will Myers (DVD)
Building the Portable Moravian Workbench with Will Myers (DVD)


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