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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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Cutting Wood Screws by Paul Hamler

This video shows fixtures and devices I have used to cut RH and LH wood threads.

It includes tips on reproducing and repair of damaged wood threads on antique plow planes.


Panel Plane on the Cheap by James E. Price

I bought this panel plane on the cheap at auction because it had only a quarter of an inch of the cutter remaining and it is cast iron.

Collectors tend to shun from this kind of planes in favor of dovetailed infill planes. No problem for me because I have a stash of English irons and since it had a worn out Sorby iron in it, ...

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English Boxwood and Gabon Ebony Pencil Gauge by Jim Hendricks

Recent projects and tests left me with a few off-cuts of boxwood and ebony and it is a crime to waste it.

I had a quick assessment and decided there was just enough to make a pencil gauge. I've wanted one for ages so this project would be ideal. Some work inevitably required the use of devils with tails,...

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Octagonal Tapered Tool Handle by James E. Price

There have been some posts on this website about making octagonal tapered handles for chisels.

In this post I wish to point out that that style of handle can also be used on tanged tools other than chisels. The tool I chose for adding a handle is an old hand vise that I rescued years ago from the bottom of a bucket where it had been ...

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Bistro/Bar Table and Chairs Build - the FINALE by Bill Gerold

I started this project in early May hoping to have it ready by May 25 but that didn't work out. It took 2 weeks longer than I estimated due to the complexity of the joinery and building all the chairs and seats using hand tools only. But my wife is the best thing that ever happened to me and I wanted ...

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Unusual Fillister Plane by James E. Price

A few years ago I found a fillister plane that departs from regular fillister planes that are quite common and usually fetch $30.00 or less depending on maker and condition. This plane has a rear handle in a razee posture. I had never seen a handled fillister before I found this one in a box of wooden planes missing parts.

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Bistro/Bar Table and Chairs Build - part 2 by Bill Gerold

I started gluing the long sections first. When all gluing was done I started putting the small rails on and constructing the chair. I trimmed the glue squeeze out on the first two chairs. Then I stained the first two chairs with Red Mahogany. Tomorrow I'll stain the last three chairs and make a proto of the chair top.

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Bistro/Bar Table and Chairs Build - part 1 by Bill Gerold

Sometime ago my wife had said it would be nice to have an outdoor Bistro/Bar Table and Chair set. Since our 43rd Anniversary is coming up I decided I will surprise her with one. First I made a proof of concept chair seat which I still am pondering. I was happy with the overall dimensions and look so I am ...

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Breaking Tradition: The Two-Handed Rasp by Tom Fidgen

I designed these rasps to be used like a spokeshave and dimensioned them accordingly. With a working area approximately 4” long and 1” wide, I felt they would have a familiar feel to woodworkers used to using a spokeshave, but benefit by the utility and function of a hand-stitched rasp.

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Small Gunmetal Miter Plane by James E. Price

Not long ago I attended The Groundhog Meet in Joplin, Missouri and came home with some really nice English infill planes.

My favorite find is the plane in photos below. It is a small miter plane made of gunmetal with screwed on steel sole plates. It is only 8 inches long. When I first saw it I noticed a brass screw in the front...

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Stanley No. 41 Straight Edge Level by Jason Stamper

A few years ago I acquired this lovely little Stanley No. 41 straight edge level. I actually bought it as more of a curiosity than anything else. What I found out is that it is actually a handy little level. I have seen this mistakenly called a string level, but it does not work for that purpose at all.

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Cypress Wood by James E. Price

This post is for members of this group who are not familiar with bald cypress wood common in The Mississippi Alluvial Valley.

Due to its slow growth is not harvested as much today as it was in the 1890's and in the first three decades of the 20th Century. It is the State Tree of Louisiana and played a great role in the settlement of The Mississippi Valley...

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Mr. Mitchell by James E. Price

Broken Sheffield Pad Brace by Jim Hendricks

Early Mortise Gauges by Richard Arnold

English Boxwood Hinges by Jim Hendricks

Ornate Router by James E. Price

Frame and Panel Construction, part 3: The Real Thing by Jim Harvey

Making Simple Bevel Gauge by James E. Price

Frame and Panel Construction-part 2 by Jim Harvey

Frame and Panel Construction - a prototype, part 1 by Jim Harvey

Full-blind Dovetails by P. Michael Henderson

The Hardware Cabinet - part 3 by Will Myers

Tool Handles by James E. Price

Mathieson 9B Plough Plane Restoration by Jim Hendricks

Secret Miter Dovetails by P. Michael Henderson

Ripping with Skelton by Jim Hendricks

Overzealous "restoration" by Jim Hendricks

Miter Plane Construction by Richard Arnold

1881 - Disston's "Star Saw Set" - The Builder and WoodWorker, Vol. 17.

1902 - The Chapin-Stephens Co. New Catalog - Iron Age and Carpentry and Building

Henry Stanley - Stanley Rule & Level Co.

1895 - An Interesting Electrical Power Plant - The Iron Age, Vol. 55.

1858 - Changing the name of "Hall & Knapp" to "The Stanley Rule and Level Company”

1918 - Stanley Works Sales Convention - Hardware World, Vol.13.

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1959 - Marples "Shamrock Brand" Tools Catalog

1904 - The Simonds Saws & Knives catalog - Simonds Mfg. Co.

1935 - Marples "Shamrock Brand" Tools for Plumbers and Glazers

1932 - The "How-To Do-It" Book for Home Workshops - E. C. Atkins & Co.


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