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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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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Blacksmithing for Woodworkers: Forging a Custom Hinge DVD

Blacksmithing for Woodworkers: Forging a Custom Hinge DVD


Don't settle for standard, store-bought hardware for you next woodworking project. Make your own by following the clear...[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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Doe's Foot - Workshop Appliances by Cecil Rogers

It's amazing what kind of service one can get out of just one scrap stick of wood!

A doe's foot is nothing more than a specialized batten; a stick with a notch cut into the end of it. Just one scrap stick of wood! It is designed to capture a corner (or more) of a piece of lumber. Traversing a piece of timber for initial flattening or scooting a workpiece to the front ...


Stanley No. 45 Case I Made in 1975 by James E. Price

This plane has special memories for me and it is one of the first planes I cased right after I learned how to cut dovetails by hand.

I didn't have much choice of seasoned wood back then so an old farmer gave me some willow oak boards that he had in the loft of his barn and fashioned this box from them.

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Get to Grips with Your Handles! by Jim Hendricks

Years ago the late village carpenter taught me a very valuable lesson. Over a few pints of Guinness in the local pub, he looked up and said: "you can tell a quality tool lad... just by its handle! Boxwood - good, ash - utility and rosewood...well that's for them posh gits up at the big house.... init!!"

Those profound words of this old sage stayed with me and never let me down...

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Offset Flip-top Table by Jim Harvey

In early 2008 I upgraded a generic 10 inch drill press to a new Delta DP300 benchtop version.

The Delta took up about a quarter of my work area. It is 34 inches tall and weighs about 80 pounds. Not exactly portable.

Later that spring, an eBay opportunity resulted in acquiring this DeWalt 733 planer.

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Marvels of Modern Tool Making -  Saws by Bernard L. Johnson

“I understand, Mr. Editor, you are now something of a saw maker,” the Boss Carpenter observed as he slid into the visitor’s chair and helped himself to a pipe full of our tobacco.

“Well no, we'd hardly want to claim that," we rejoined, “To become a saw maker - a modern saw maker you understand - has taken some 5,000 years."

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Bench Lighting  - Workshop Appliances - by Cecil Rogers

As I get older, I get blinder (it really is a word). We all know that natural light is the best light to use.

A workbench snuggled up to a huge, north facing window would present the best light throughout the day; natural light where harsh shadows would be minimized and light would be as consistent as possible.

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Disston D8 - full size 28", 5 ppi Rip Saw, 1880s - review by Daryl Weir

Here is one of Disston’s main stays in their production line and that's the ever popular D8 thumbhole or dual grip rip saw. It's an early 1880's era, 28" (blade length) with a 5ppi graduated to 6ppi at the point.

In recent years the term "variable pitch" has been used on saws that have "graduated teeth".

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The Old Brace & Bit - an Exercise in Creative Writing by J. Stamper

Indulge me for a moment if you will dear reader, for I would like to tell you about an old friend. This friend came from Sheffield, England nearly two centuries ago.

This friend, born in the 1830’s, serves as real window into the past, and a reminder of simpler times. Even with its tremendous age it has never let me down, and I shall be quite surprised if it ever does.

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How to Sharpen a Handsaw with Paul Sellers

Sharpening a saw can be one of the most daunting sharpening tasks for a woodworker.

Paul Sellers tries to simplify this by showing how a simple rip cut pattern can be used for many crosscut saws as well.

This is a great beginners guide to sharpening the essential saws.

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Corner Stone Laid at Disston Plant from National Hardware Bulletin - Vol.23, 1922

Fifty years ago, 1872, the 27th of September fell upon a Friday. This day had been planned for breaking ground for the Disston factory at Tacony.

Mr. Henry Disston, the founder of Henry Disston & Sons, Inc., who, needing room for expansion had planned to build a new factory in Tacony, suddenly decided that Friday ...

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Mortise and Tenon Gauge by James E. Price

I taught some guys how to make mortise and tenon joints and snapped these photos of the mortise and tenon gauge.

I made it back in 1986 out of a piece scrap brass.

It saves lots of time and there is no trial and error testing of the tenon or mortise before you put them together.

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Conditions of the Iron Trade in Eastern Pennsylvania - American Manufacturer and Iron Trade, 1881

On July 22, 1881 the American Manufacturer and Iron Trade weekly paper published series of interviews with a few key businesses in Philadelphia under the title “Conditions of the Iron Trade in Eastern Pennsylvania”. One of the interviews was conducted with representatives of the Henry Disston & Sons. It describes the Disston's business conditions in 1881.

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Grindstones - the Oldest Establishment in This Country from the American Manufacturer, 1873

About the year 1769 a few tons of grindstones arrived in Philadelphia from Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, consigned to Joshua Fisher & Sons.

From this small beginning Philadelphia has become the headquarters for the manufacture and sale of grindstones...

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Making a Wooden Jointer Plane by Will Myers

Bill Anderson sent me a copy of a video he recently made with Joshua Farnsworth from Wood and Shop on making an 18th century wooden jointer plane.

Bill covers every detail of how to make the jointer plane. He explains in depth, wood selection, layout process, cutting and shaping of the entire plane, finishing, tuning, and even how to use it.

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Anti-Racking Spacers - Workshop Appliances by Cecil Rogers

Racking is as old as vises are! End vises, face vises, Moxon vises... Most seem to suffer from it.

Over the last twenty years or so, there has been a hand tool renaissance, and there are thousands of resources for hand tool enthusiasts out there.

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Boring Brass and Plastics Safely from Tom's Techniques

One of the most hazardous operations in the shop is drilling holes in plastic or brass, especially in the drill press. Here is a simple technique to prevent drills from grabbing when drilling soft materials.

My interest in machining continued through college where I attained an associate degree in Machine...

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Stringing or Purfling Saw by James E. Price

Over a period of at least 50 years I have made many of my own woodworking tools to fulfill special needs.

The best way to describe the tool in the photos is that it is a saw. I know, it does not look like a saw but it is a saw I use to insert wooden stringing or purfling into some of my projects.

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1909 - The Care, Selection and Proper Fitting of Hand Saws by Charles Johnson

1919 - The Disston Crucible Magazine for the Millman

1920 - American Swiss Files Catalog

1911 - Carpentry and Woodwork by Edwin W. Foster

1904 - An Introduction to Metal-working by J. Charles Pearson

1984 - Boxwood & Ivory Stanley Traditional Rules, 1855-1975 by Philip E. Stanley

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