Bench Chisels

Bench Chisels
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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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Sawing Fundamentals

Sawing Fundamentals


Learning to cut accurately with handsaws takes practice and the right techniques. Chris can show you how. He describes...[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 Compass (Video Download)

Blacksmithing for Woodworkers: Forging A Compass (Video Download)


In Forging A Compass, expert blacksmith Peter Ross walks you through the stepsat the forge and the workbenchto create...[Read More]
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The “Richard Tomes” Memorial Infill Panel Plane by Jim Hendricks

Richard was a very good friend and someone I admired greatly for his “old school” craftsmanship in all things metal... what I call the “BLACK STUFF”…as I always end up looking like a Victorian chimney sweep’s assistant when I work with the stuff.

The fact that I prefer to work in wood had not escaped Richard’s keen eye… and also that I admired his wonderful work with creating dovetails in steel… and anyone who has successfully done so in wood will know...


Installing a Handle on a Tanged Chisel by Bill Rittner

Re-handling a tanged chisel is a little more complicated than re-handling a socket chisel.

But it is not above the capabilities of the average woodworker. If you can turn wood then you can accomplish this task.

Select a blank big enough to make the handle you want and an inch or so longer...

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The Eleven Grooved Box – Tools Update by Jim Harvey

I have an improved fixture for making Eleven Grooved Box splines.

Roy Underhill’s video shows the spline blank placed in a grooved block. Then the blank is planed to size with a block plane. The problem is, this eventually cuts some off the top surface of the grooved block

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Building a Stair Saw by Dominic Greco

Before really digging into the building process, I like to get all the raw material together and cut to rough size. Tonight I started on the saw plate.

I dug through my pile of spring steel and located some that I had already "de-blued". While it is easy to remove the bluing via a citric acid bath, that's one step I didn't have to do this time.

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Choose your Goodell-Pratt Model of the Day by Kim Malmberg

I have a great affection for hand drills. I own about 20 working models from mainly Goodell-Pratt and Millers Falls.

I really like the G-P hand drills. They are beautiful, and there's a sea of models to choose from. A very nice detail is that several G-P hand drill models are of the same size and were made with removable handles.

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Ratcheting Parallel Guide and Angled Leg Vises by Will Myers

In Scott Landis’s "The Work Bench Book" there is a drawing of a ratchet mechanism for a parallel guide.

It was one of those little tidbits I tend to file away in my head thinking I might try sometime.

In the book the guide is a solid piece of iron with teeth cut in the lower side that engage a plate mounted to the leg of the bench.

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Coffeyville Kansas Patented Oiler Discovered in Oklahoma by Michael Urness

Several years ago, while attending the SWTCA tool show in Tulsa Oklahoma, I had the good fortune to spend a few hours visiting with Tim Hoss, the show's host.

In one of the totes of planes was an Ohio Tool Co. No. 04 smooth plane that has a brass front knob. It didn't look like anything special. In fact it is a plane that I and many other tool collectors might have walked past if we had seen it on a table at a tool show.

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British Saws and Saw Makers from 1660 by Simon Barley

My affair with English saws began a long time ago.

Sometime around 1998 I met Ken Hawley at his delectable tool shop in central Sheffield, renowned as the place that announced in the window "We sell nowt [in local dialect "nothing"] but tools". Most of what I got there was new tools, but I also acquired...

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Saw Sharpening Bench by Bill Rittner

The pic below shows the top and the wood that I will use in this project. The wood has been collected over the last year.

For shop projects I don’t usually buy the materials, but try to use what I have, what I can repurpose, or can find from others discards. The first thing I found was the top.

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Roy's Saw by Will Myers

When you walk in the front door of Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School and look to your left in the window hanging above Roy’s stuffed chicken is a large frame saw.

Now the chicken is an interesting object and makes one wonder why someone would have a chicken stuffed, and furthermore why it is at a woodworking school.

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Turning a Chisel Handle with Paul Sellers

In this video Paul Sellers shows you how to turn a basic chisel or tool handle. Following these few simple steps, you will see that although there are many types of handles, the principles are virtually the same.

You can bring your old chisels and gouges very easily back to their former glory.

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Special Etch Saws by Kim Malmberg

My largest hand tool fetish are saws. I have been using them since I was a child and I have always liked hand sawing, even when I got into power tools. So saws are always welcomed to my home, even when sound judgment tells me I shouldn't bother.

I might end up with some hopeless cases, some entirely useless ones, but sometimes even if the saw is beyond salvation, it might still provide something very useful.

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Filosophy - Use & Care of Files with Tubalcain (part 1 and 2)

Mr. Pete explains and shows how to use files and care for them to achieve the best performance.



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Saw Handle Horn Repair by Daryl Weir

I always start by looking at the broken area and decide on how I want to make the initial cut to remove the damaged area.

I've done this quite a few times but decided to take a few pictures this time on the process I go through to replace a horn. I wished I'd start taken pictures before I partially cut the top horn off.

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1925 - "Yankee" Tools Brochure

1941 - American Swiss Pattern Files of Precision catalog

1892 - The Slojd System of Woodworking by B. B. Hoffman, A. B.

1904 - The Teacher's Hand-book of Slojd by Otto Salomon

1918 - Disston Catalog and Price List

1937 - Saw Efficiency by Ohlen-Bishop Company

1913 - Carpenters' Tools - Catalog and Price List by The L. & I. L. White Co.

1909 - Edge Tools - Catalog and Price List - The L. & I. L. White Co.

1911 - Premium Mechanics' Tools catalog - The James Swan Co.

Grobet USA - Files and Rasps Catalog

1703 - Mechanical Exercises or the Doctrine of Handy-Works by Joseph Moxon


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