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My Various Shoot Boards by James E. Price

I wanted to show you some other shoot boards I use in my work.

I have used shooting boards since the mid-1970's, particularly in making small boxes.

I have one long shooting board for full-sized miter planes and two smaller scale ones. The big one is 36 inches in length and made of willow oak.


New Bench for Saw Sharpening and more, part 2 by Mike Hagemyer

Here are the vise components all cleaned up and painted. I have also got the bench top nearly done. The vise housing is pocketed into the top and fastened.

In order to not compromise the main purpose for this bench, I decided to stick with my original thinking and put the vise in the middle.

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John Green - Panel Raising Plane by Jim Hendricks

My sanity is just about intact... The wedge fits perfectly now and I can sleep at night.

This is a nice Panel Fielding Plane, made by John Green, (1768 - 1808). This plane is in pristine condition and is of an early date. Evidence to support this comes from the mark and chamfers of similar examples found in David Russell's Antique Woodworking Tools...

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Tooling Up for Next Project by Amy Harrington McAuley

One of my big yearlong projects this year is the restoration of North Head Lighthouse in Cape Disappointment State Park, Ilwaco WA.

The lighthouse was constructed in 1897. Carl Leick was the architect of this lighthouse along with 24 other structures in the Northwest. As the mouth of the Columbia River is treacherous...

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Recreating a Robert Wooding's Panel Raiser by Richard Arnold

Collecting old tools is something I’m sure we all enjoy, but for myself, I’m always fascinated by how they may have been used, and also how well they performed. Many old tools can be restored and be used, but sometimes they are ether to badly damaged, or of such historical importance that it would be inappropriate to use them.

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New Bench for Saw Sharpening and more, part 1 by Mike Hagemyer

A while back I designed and built a new vise clamp for sharpening saws. It is intended specifically to mount in a standard wood working vise.

I like it so much that for most full size saws, it has replaced my Disston 3D vises. The only problem is, winter is coming on again...

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Dovetail Fail and Lessons Learned by Jason Stamper

Recently I wrote an article on restoring the stock of an old World War II rifle that I bought. If you have not read it you might want to check it out here. I was very happy with the way the stock restoration came out, and was excited to shoot it now that it was all fixed up. One of the major parts of that restoration was to fashion a piece of wood for the end of the stock ...

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Make Your Own Planes by James E. Price

The purpose of this post is to encourage woodworkers to make their own planes. If you have never made one, consider giving it a try.

When you make a plane you become fully informed on the how's and why's of plane design and performance. Photos in this post are of a little coffin smoother I made several years ago.

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Some Tools Feel "Just Right" by Richard Arnold

I have just lately been reading a lot on various wood related topics regarding craft, craftsmanship, and the like, and coming at this from hand tool enthusiasts prospective, it raised an issue in my mind that has been bubbling under the surface of my thought process for some time now. 

Why is it that some tools that I pick up feel "just right" ...

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Henry Slater: London, 1868 - 1909 by Jim Hendricks

Henry Slater and his son Benjamin were prolific cast iron, body infill plane makers under their name and as a supplier to other makers.

Here are three planes that show a differences in design and style.

As the form changed, the little nuances first appeared such as cutouts to allow the easier...

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Christopher Gabriel: Sash Saw - Brass Back, 13.75 inch long by Rob Brophy

The first saw with GABRIEL stamp mark ever reported was found in Canada a decade or so ago by Rob Brophy.

Now we can see this saw that came from the business of Christopher Gabriel, a plane maker and dealer in carpenters’ tools, 1770-1822, London, GB. Gabriel and his business became well known...

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The First Iron Casting in America by Albert Spies, Cassier's Magazine, 1894

Among the riches of mineral wealth and the products of the metallurgical arts in the Mining Building at the World’s Columbian Exposition, in Chicago [1893], there was not anything which attracted more serious interest on the part of those acquainted with the founding of metals, than a modest glass ...

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Tools for Cutting Chamfers by James E. Price

I have made lots of tools and I feel I am a rank amateur compared to the craftsman who made this plane. Some day I hope to make one just like it.

The workmanship is simply awesome and the maker stands out in my mind as a master of the master tool makers. Not only was he a maker, he was an artist. It is English in origin and I have owned it about 35 years...

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Henry Brown, 1797-1831 - Birmingham, GB: Reeding Plane by Jim Hendricks

It would seem that even back in Georgian times there was snobbery. Henry opened his workshop in 1797 in Fazey St. Birmingham in the Midlands of England - the "provinces" as they were known. So why then is this gorgeous reeding plane marked "LONDON"?

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Spear & Jackson’s Improved Pattern Silver Steel Handsaw - Work magazine, 1889

This excellent saw, described in Messrs. Spear & Jackson's price list as No. 1887 - a number which, perhaps, it will be well to quote in giving orders – is in every respect a nice tool to look at and a capital tool to handle and work with. An old professional to whom I showed it, one of the best handreilers...

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Restoring Spear & Jackson Saw by D. de Assis

Tool Blocks for Storage by James E. Price

Christopher Gabriel: Tenon Saw - Iron Back, 13.5 inch long by Anthony Waldis

Boxing Mr. Cox by Jim Hendricks

Once Lost, But Now Found Disston by Mike Hagemyer

How To Sharpen a Router Plane Blade by Jim Harvey

Beardshaw & Son, Sawmakers - Sheffield, UK: Handsaw - 26 inch long, 8 PPI, Crosscut profile

Brexit and my Mullet by James E. Price

Its name is Mullet... by James E. Price

Beardshaw & Son: Sash Saw - Steel Back, 14 inch long by Mari Subritzky

New Life for an Old Knife and More by Mike Hagemyer

Two Small Precision Planes by James E. Price

1873 - British Display at the Vienna Exhibition - The Engineer, Vol.35

1852 - Sykon's Convertible Plane - The Artisan, Vol. 10, January 1, 1852

Very Early Moulding Plane by Richard Arnold

The Largest Circular Saws in the World - Capital and Labour, Vol.6, June 18, 1879

1866 - Concerning American Steel - Scientific American, Vol.15

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1913 - Goodell-Pratt Company Complete Catalog No. 11

1907 - Goodell-Pratt Company Complete Catalog No. 8

1919 - Saws, Saw Tools, Mill Specialties Catalog No. 18 - E. C. Atkins & Co., Inc.

1936 - Marples "Shamrock Brand" Tools for Woodwork



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