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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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Build a Sawbench with Christopher Schwarz

Build a Sawbench with Christopher Schwarz


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Joinery Handplanes with Bill Anderson


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The Great Hand Plane Revival

The Great Hand Plane Revival


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Mathieson Shoulder Plane by James E. Price

I recently attended a Great Planes Trading Company Auction in St. Peter's, Missouri and purchased the only two infill planes in the sale which included at least 400 planes.

The photos are of an Alex Mathieson shoulder plane that was advertised as being in new condition. I totally agree with that catalog...


Gabon Ebony and English Boxwood Razee Jack-part 2 by Jim Hendricks

Having tuned the iron pocket, bed, and wedge I now had to cut a sliding dovetail for the handle. I am terrified... yes I sure am.

One slip now and a week and a lot of money down the tubes. A test dovetail was made using a test handle in apple. The only problem...

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The Controlled Split by Mike Hagemyer

Recently a friend was clearing a fence line on his farm and asked if I could use some fire wood.

No, I answered but what kind of wood would it be? Red oak was the reply. Is it clean wood or dead branches, I asked?

He stated the tree had been hit by lightning but there was a pretty good size trunk.

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Stanley 146 Match Plane by James E. Price

I have looked for quite some time for a 3/8th-inch Stanley 146 match plane at a reasonable price I have looked for quite some time for a 3/8th-inch Stanley 146 match plane at a reasonable price and one came my way recently at The Great Planes Trading Company antique tool auction in St. Peter's, Missouri.

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Gabon Ebony and English Boxwood Razee Jack-part 1 by Jim Hendricks

Having discovered a good source of this fine rare wood, I decided to make a series of woodies.

I had thought to make a wedge-mouth mitre but in discussions with Ollie Sparks we both think this species too brittle to cope with a 20 bed... the rear mouth will almost certainly chip out.

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The last of the good old Miter Boxes by Mike Hagemyer

Make it cheap, make it fast, make it loud and make it blow dust all over the place. That seems to be the trend that started some years ago and has spiraled out of control. It is refreshing to see some folks reverting back to good old ways. This story is about another of my favorite good old tools, the Miter Box with matched saw.

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My Plated English Bit Brace by Jason Stamper

Here is my early 19th century plated English bit brace. Most likely manufactured by Henry Brown after he acquired the James Bee's 'name'.

The body is beech with a lignum top pad. Also, I wanted to share 2 countersink bits including one rare Abbott bit, patented in 1871. Thanks for watching and feel free to comment or ask questions!

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My Spiers of Ayr Panel Plane by James E. Price

Jim Hendricks, You wanted to acquaint yourself with my Spiers of Ayr panel plane I recently added to my tool chest.

It is 15-3/4ths inches in length and has the sole extending both fore and aft beyond the infill. It's width is three inches and it is in good but not excellent condition. It has some rust pitting and there is a small chip off the tote.

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Saw Clamping Options, Then and Now by Mike Hagemyer

One of the challenges of keeping ones saws sharp is having a consistent method to hold it in place for filing.

Early hardware manufactures recognized this and bombarded the public with fancy devises to make this job easier. Most saw vises look somewhat similar but have different methods of actuation.

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A Different Kind of Tool by Jason Stamper

They are often called The Greatest Generation. Whats this got to do with woodworking?

Im glad you asked, and I promise Ill get to that in a moment, but I want to give you some more background first.  It was my very personal connection to the World War two era that led me to my most recent tool acquisition.

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Building a Frame Saw - part 2 - Carving the Arms by Jim Hendricks

I started out wanting to copy the Roubo drawing faithfully in carving scrolls on each corner but after the first two... boredom set in and I decided to use another drawing from his book... the beautiful bird wing! I think it worked... It is more balanced. One thing I did learn from all of this - carving English oak is difficult, especially for a beginner...

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Handsaw Quiver by Amy Harrington McAuley

After many years of struggling along with this ridiculous setup for transporting my saws to and from job sites I've had enough.

This past week one saw caught on the edge of a deck and fell onto the concrete and then the Ghost of Ermatinger house unbuckled my strap and all the saws went careening down the stairs.

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Building a Frame Saw - part 1 by Jim Hendricks


I rarely draw anything but armed with Mr. Roubo's genius I though I might have to this time.
Of course the stock will be English oak... so maybe my promise never ever to carve oak again was a tad premature.

The Spring sunlight gave a superb stage for thinking and scribbling.

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1912 - The Simonds Saws & Knives Catalog - Simonds Mfg. Co.

1981 - Millers Falls Hand Tools Catalog - Ingersoll-Rand

1873 - Disston Saws - Illustrated Catalogue of Carpenter's Tools - J. B. Shannon

1940 - Joseph Tyzack & Son. Catalog - courtesy of Mark Stansbury

1913 - Illustrated Price List No. 12. - Buck Brothers, Riverlin Works.

1898 - Workshop Makeshifts by Hans J. S. Cassal

1894 - Saw and Saw Tools Catalog - E. C, Atkins & Co.

1949 - Catalog of Tools, W. Tyzack, Sons and Turner, LTD.


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