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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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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.


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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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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Heritage Day of the Southern Missouri Ozarks by James E. Price

Every June, Ozark National Scenic Riverways celebrates the heritage of the people who still occupy the hills and hollows of the southern Missouri Ozarks. The picture story below is from the 2016 event. There was lots of unplugged woodworking demonstrated as well as various other aspects of the traditional Ozark lifeway.

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Transmission  for Accelerated Drilling by James E. Price

I have assembled a research collection of patented bitstocks and bitstock tools over the past 50 years and in the early years found some rare ones before they were known to be rare. I have seen lots of bitstock tools over the years and have been tied into the collector market since circa 1970, where I was able to find lots of bitstock tools.

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"Mephisto" Bits - How They Are Made - American Machinist, 1920.

The manufacture of auger bits is one of the oldest of the tool industries in this country. Many of the factories have remained in the families of their founders for generations and, as is usual in such cases, radical improvements in either the product or the processes of manufacture have been slow. The bit described in this article has been...

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Robert Bloxham - Banbury, Oxfordshire by Jim Hendricks

I have long been fascinated by the evolution of planemaking in the provinces following commercial beginnings in London.

Richard Bloxham is perhaps the strangest in that his planes don't usually conform to the recognized standard. His planes usually having rounded toes and the maker's mark therefore usually appearing...

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Cellarman's Boring Tool by James E. Price

The brace is cellarman's boring tool to create a tapered hole in the head of a wine cask for insertion of a wooden or metal tap of like taper. The brace and its dedicated bit are Austrian in origin. The bit is marked "Wien" for "Vienna". The brace has a two-post cage head with a rather robust wooden pad. The bit is held in the brace chuck by a spring-actuated...

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18th Century Mortising Chisels by Richard Arnold


I had a great day out at the David Stanley auction in February and picked up a few interesting items. One of the dealers had saved these chisels for me as he knew I would appreciate them. The top two are something really special. They have the makers mark of 18th century edge tool maker, Robert Moore of Birmingham.

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