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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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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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Mr. Slater - Two Generations by Jim Hendricks

Like in every country there is supposed to be a north/south divide but as this gorgeous old infill smoother proves, there is often harmony too.

This old guy came this morning, a cheap eBay lot, not shown in his best light I feel. It's old and a really unexpected surprise was that the blurred "duckling" of a raggedy edged wedge turned out to be a beautiful...


Rolling Eyes at this Razee... by James E. Price

I know I am a different kind of old tool guy when
I find an old tool and show it to my collector or user friends and watch them roll their eyes and snicker.

Such was the case with this plane, a razee jointer, 23 inches in length, that some past craftsman made from the body of a manufactured plane. I get excited by tools that are mundane and ...

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Notice of Mr. L. C. Stephens’ Patent Combination Rule - Journal of the Franklin Institute, Vol.67

Gentlemen: As all simple and comparatively accurate instruments for the use of engineers and mechanics, whereby they are enabled with facility to make measurements and calculations are of importance, I would call their attention through your Journal to a combination rule manufactured ...

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The Wonder Tool Holder - The Iron Age, Vol. 54

The illustration herewith given shows a tool holder which has been devised for the purpose of holding a tool firmly in one position while being ground. In the engraving a chisel is shown in position in the holder. The operator turns the grindstone crank with the right hand and places his left hand ...

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Making a Thin Boxwood Wedge by James E. Price

My last post was on making a thin boxwood wedge for a card scraper stock. Making such a small wedge using only hand tools poses lots of challenges. One concern is how to hold it while it is being made and how to create a wedge with a very precise taper. This post is on the method I use to create multiple wedges.

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Gabriel and Tucker - Hand In Hand by Jim Hendricks

Some time ago I acquired a lovely plane by Tucker - London, 1796. There is a good chance that he was associated with Christopher Gabriel, various locations, London, 1770-1810. Gabriel, of Seaton Chest fame, is known to have had an apprentice John Casebourne at Gabriel's Banner St. address.

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Tuning Small English Scrapers by James E. Price

Some time ago Russ Runge and I did a joinery demonstration at Ozark Heritage Day near Van Buren, Missouri and we each brought some personal tools to use. Russ brought a recent acquisition, a rosewood English card scraper stock so I could show him how to use it. I took one glance at it and told him he needed ...

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Three Tools in One by James E. Price

I recently found a very interesting tool that is actually three tools in one. It is a three-way tool configured in a "Y" shape with an auger bit on the end of each arm of the "Y".

Such a configuration is very ingenious because it can bore three sizes of holes. One arm has a twist auger with a lead screw.

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Replicating My Pa's Table by James E. Price

I am in The Heritage Shop after my students have left and I am working on a project of love that Ozark National Scenic Riverways wants me to build. It is a replica of table built by my father in 1937. At that time he was 20 years of age and he and my mom were courting and decided that marriage was in their future in 1938.

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A Day of Accomplishment by James E. Price

There are days when I feel like that it is a day of accomplishment for me. Today in The Ozark National Scenic Riverways Heritage Shop we introduced five youngsters to the joy of unplugged woodworking. The National Park Service in its centennial year is committed to getting children fully engaged with nature and history ...

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Protecting a Scorp by James E. Price


I have to transport all sorts of woodworking tools to conduct classes and demonstrations on everything from rail splitting to fine joinery. One of the hardest edge tools to protect is a scorp.  Leather guards are hard to keep on a scorp as on other types.

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Carved Rabbet Plane by James E. Price

It appears that a woodcarver embellished it perhaps for practice.I acquired this carved rabbet plane five years ago. Ethnic origin is unknown but my guess is that it originated in The Netherlands. The reverse side is plain.

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Holtzapffel's Archimedean drill by Jim Hendricks


Sometime ago I picked up a beautiful Holtzapffel's Archimedean drill. The cost was a tiny fraction of the normal price since it was missing a vital bit - the main handle for the speed nut drive. It may seem this is a difficult restoration but of all the parts which could have been lost this is in fact the easiest ...

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