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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Blacksmithing for Woodworkers: Forging a Custom Hinge DVD

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A Cabinetmaker's Notebook
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Build a Custom Backsaw DVD with Matt Cianci

Build a Custom Backsaw DVD with Matt Cianci


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The Fantastic Fray by Jason Stamper

In the continuing series on the lot of bit braces I acquired a few years ago I am going to tell you about the awesome Fray brace.

John S. Fray began manufacturing his braces in partnership with Horace Pigg. You may occasionally find one marked Fray & Pigg as in this example I have.


Brace Yourselves! - part 5 by Jim Hendricks

There is a devil with tail involved in the spinning of the rear handle. The lathe is best tool for the job in this case but the rest was definitely all by hand!
So, today I will take the devil by the horns.

The rosewood of the rear handle had a tiny crack... they all do after two hundred years!

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Buckeye Iron Planes - Hardware Dealer's Magazine

 The Buckeye Saw Vise Co., No. 2050 West Fifty-fifth street, Cleveland, Ohio, are manufacturing the New Improved Buckeye Iron Planers, here illustrated.

In description of the recently made improvements in this line, the company says: “The cap plate in Buckeye Planes as heretofore made was stationary...

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Brace Yourselves! - part 4 by Jim Hendricks

The sun shone again in Tropical Kent today and the weather was so good..!

Me and ALFIE (aka "Lord Muck") got the loungers out, clamped the old French carvers vise to the patio handrail using various Heath Robinson techniques, grabbed the old Victorian brace, some tools and finishes, and attacked...

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Brace Yourselves! - part 3 by Jim Hendricks

I finally plucked up the courage to start shaping the early 19th century pad brace handle. I have to take accurate reference measurements and transferring these to the new handle.

The "chuck" must be fitted first, the reason being that only after fitting can you accurately line up the pad taper both laterally...

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James Ohlen & Sons Saw Mfg. Co. - Developing a Saw Business by the Advertising Manager

The stock should embrace, according to locality, such styles as Champion, Diamond, Perforated Lance and Tuttle Tooth cross cut saws, wide, narrow and one man blades, in a variety of gauges, classes of grinding, and teeth.  Circular saws could be included to advantage, large ...

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Brace Yourselves! - part 2 by Jim Hendricks

I now turned my attention to the top bun handle.

It is locked into place by a split nut which is hidden below a round brass plate with two tiny holes which need a special tool to undo. I knew I had to make a special tool.. and knowing that I am more than likely to have to do this again I thought I might as well do a proper job of it.

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Brace Yourselves! - part 1 by Jim Hendricks

I finally can do something with that walnut! For ages now I have had a nice lump of English walnut sitting in the workshop.

I have a number of 19th century examples, all with something needing doing to them! One has lost its bit release button... one has a repaired crack... and the worst but prettiest.. has been in and out if ICU over many decades and in a sorry state...

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The Millers Falls Co. by a Special Correspondent, Hardware Dealers' Magazine

In a bowl in the hills of the Connecticut River valley in Massachusetts lie the works of the Millers Falls Co. Nature has graced the spot with rugged and wooded hills, steep valleys and the swift flowing Millers River.

One might select it as the country home of poets instead of the seat of a bustling and thriving manufacturing plant.

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Standard Bench Vise by Cecil Rogers

I have never wanted to be a metalsmith. I always wanted to be a woodworker. That's all.

But, the simple truth is that if one wants to work wood, one will be required to do a little bit of work on metal; Saws, chisels, plane blades, and other tools all require sharpening. Jigs must be built. And woodworking aside, all of us will have some "chores" to do from time to time.

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A Woodworker’s Rose (brace) by Jason Stamper

 Several years ago I bought a lot of 5 bit braces on eBay. I think I paid around $30 for 5 of them, and it seems the rust scared off the other bidders. In any event, I was thrilled with what I ended up with.

I got a cheap Stanley (which I have long since traded off), an early all iron Fray, a small odd blacksmith made one, a rare Holt brace, and possibly my favorite a rare Rose (Millers Falls) brace.

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Getting the Most from the Millers Falls MF 1 “Cigar Shave” by Jim Hendricks

The Millers Falls 'cigar' shave is probably one of my favorite tools but it used to drive me bonkers!

Sharpened and set right, it's one of the most versatile tools ever and can do things absolutely no other can. It shaves very tight radius internal curves...yet runs true on the flat... turning to external curves with ease.

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Skills of the Sheffield Hand Forger by Geoffrey Tweedale

This sepia photograph of a Sheffield hand forger – apparently at the leading pocket-knife firm of George Wostenholm & Son – is undated. But it is certainly pre-1914 and may be even earlier (perhaps from the 1890s). The photo is mounted on a small card and measures only about 10cm square. Nevertheless, one can see clearly into the forger’s workshop with its open hearth,...

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Bird's Mouth & Wedge by Cecil Rogers

A bird's mouth and wedge is a specialized batten.

It's used to secure a board on its edge in a very quick way. Its claim to fame is speed of setup. Depending on how it's used, or fixed to the workbench, it may not even require setup.  Again, this is simply a scrap or cutoff. It's a little longer and wider, or depending on style, a little thicker, but it's still just scrap. This particular bird's mouth starts out at about 20" long...

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Atkins Passes Half Century Mark - Barrel and Box

It is certainly an enviable record when an institution can boast of having been established over half a century.

September 17 was an epoch-making period in the history of E. C. Atkins & Co., of Indianapolis, Ind., maker of the celebrated silver steel saws, as that date marked the fifty-eight anniversary of the founding of that institution, one of the oldest and largest industries in Indiana.

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W. M. & C. - The Standard No. 999 by Daryl Weir

The Standard, No. 999 is one of the nicer saws produced by the Monhagen Saw Works.  

I've handled many saws from most of the major American manufacturers over the years that I've been refurbishing. This has given me an opportunity to evaluate their overall general quality and especially the quality of steel used for making the saw plates. I've also sharpened over a thousand saws, which has further ...

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Special Plane by James E. Price

Did you ever use a plane that felt like you were wearing it like a glove? This old plane is so unusual that I simply must share it with you.

I have owned this plane for four years but I first saw it forty-eight years ago right after a friend of mine, Bruce Debo of Devils Elbow Missouri, bought it in an area of central Missouri that was homeland to early German settlers.

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