A Traditional Tool Chest in Two Days with Christopher Schwarz DVD

A Traditional Tool Chest in Two Days with Christopher Schwarz DVD


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A Cabinetmaker's Notebook
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The Millers Falls Co. by a Special Correspondent, Hardware Dealers' Magazine, January, 1915.

In a bowl in the hills of the Connecticut River valley in Massachusetts lie the works of the Millers Falls Co. Nature has graced the spot with rugged and wooded hills, steep valleys and the swift flowing Millers River. One might select it as the country home of poets instead of the seat of a bustling and thriving manufacturing plant.


Standard Bench Vise by Cecil Rogers

I have never wanted to be a metalsmith. I always wanted to be a woodworker.

That's all.

But, the simple truth is that if one wants to work wood, one will be required to do a little bit of work on metal; Saws, chisels, plane blades, and other tools all require sharpening. Jigs must be built. And woodworking aside, all of us will have some "chores" to do from time to time.

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A Woodworker’s Rose (brace) by Jason Stamper

 Several years ago I bought a lot of 5 bit braces on eBay.

I think I paid around $30 for 5 of them, and it seems the rust scared off the other bidders.

In any event, I was thrilled with what I ended up with.

I got a cheap Stanley (which I have long since traded off), an early all iron Fray, a small odd blacksmith made one, a rare Holt brace, and possibly my favorite a rare Rose (Millers Falls) brace.

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Getting the Most from the Millers Falls MF 1 “Cigar Shave” by Jim Hendricks

The Millers Falls 'cigar' shave is probably one of my favorite tools but it used to drive me bonkers!

Sharpened and set right, it's one of the most versatile tools ever and can do things absolutely no other can. It shaves very tight radius internal curves...yet runs true on the flat... turning to external curves with ease.

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Skills of the Sheffield Hand Forger by Geoffrey Tweedale

This sepia photograph of a Sheffield hand forger – apparently at the leading pocket-knife firm of George Wostenholm & Son – is undated. But it is certainly pre-1914 and may be even earlier (perhaps from the 1890s).

The photo is mounted on a small card and measures only about 10cm square. Nevertheless, one can see clearly into the forger’s workshop with its open hearth,...

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Bird's Mouth & Wedge by Cecil Rogers

A bird's mouth and wedge is a specialized batten.

It's used to secure a board on its edge in a very quick way. Its claim to fame is speed of setup. Depending on how it's used, or fixed to the workbench, it may not even require setup.  Again, this is simply a scrap or cutoff. It's a little longer and wider, or depending on style, a little thicker, but it's still just scrap. This particular bird's mouth starts out at about 20" long...

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Atkins Passes Half Century Mark - Barrel and Box, 1915

It is certainly an enviable record when an institution can boast of having been established over half a century.

September 17 was an epoch-making period in the history of E. C. Atkins & Co., of Indianapolis, Ind., maker of the celebrated silver steel saws, as that date marked the fifty-eight anniversary of the founding of that institution, one of the oldest and largest industries in Indiana.

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W. M. & C. - The Standard No. 999 by Daryl Weir

The Standard, No. 999 is one of the nicer saws produced by the Monhagen Saw Works.  

I've handled many saws from most of the major American manufacturers over the years that I've been refurbishing. This has given me an opportunity to evaluate their overall general quality and especially the quality of steel used for making the saw plates. I've also sharpened over a thousand saws, which has further ...

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Special Plane by James E. Price

Did you ever use a plane that felt like you were wearing it like a glove? This old plane is so unusual that I simply must share it with you.

I have owned this plane for four years but I first saw it forty-eight years ago right after a friend of mine, Bruce Debo of Devils Elbow Missouri, bought it in an area of central Missouri that was homeland to early German settlers.

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The Magic of Seaton's Chest by Jim Hendricks

I tried so hard to sleep last night... knowing today would be a special day... but try as I might... excitement prevailed, and I dozed lightly, pondering the moment.

Soon I would be honored to be close to a treasure very few are privileged to experience. Not only viewing the tool world's greatest treasure, but touching and examining each and every tool... to live history.

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Hamilton Disston, 1844 - 1896

Philadelphia was greatly shocked on Thursday morning, 30th ult., when the sudden death of one of her most honored citizens, Hamilton Disston, became known.

The subject of this notice occupied a position altogether unique and distinct from other men. His influence in the community was so broad that apart from his position as head of the largest concern of the kind in the world, it permeated every department - social, financial, political, charitable and religious...

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Sparks No. 70 by Douglas Coates

For a small island we have more than our share of the best plane-makers here in the UK.

Karl Holtey, Bill Carter, Phil Edwards and others have set a World-class standard but it is exciting to see a new maker appearing. It’s also very pleasing to find that demand for premium hand-made tools is strong.

Oliver Sparks is still young in years but he radiates a passion for the craft that is backed by rigorous research and thorough knowledge.

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1871 - Files Cutting - Scientific American

Our artist has, this week, prepared an engraving of one of the most interesting and important handicraft operations, namely, that of file cutting.

Before, however, we call special attention to this part of the manufacture of files, it will be best to say something of the forging of files. In the manufacture of files, the steel must be of good quality and highly converted;...

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Battens - Workshop Appliances by Cecil Rogers

Battens are sticks. Just sticks. That's it... nothing more.

If woodworking benches are about work holding, then battens are about work positioning. Laying a plank on the workbench isn't enough... one needs a way to constrain the plank's movement against the force applied while planing.

Although there is information available, oddly, it's obscure and doesn't seem to pop up readily.

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Classic English Mortise Chisel - The "Pig Sticker" by Jim Hendricks

For years I have been attracted to tools that were uniquely British... the infills... the wooden moulding planes and perhaps the most unique... the "delicately" named "pig sticker".

This type of mortise chisel shouts "mean and nasty" and its bark truly is as sharp as its bite! Recently... the English mortise chisel, to give it its correct name, has been the focus...

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Making Files by Hand at Kearney & Foot - American Machinist, 1880

The process of making files by hand-cutting, though carried on from the time files were first used, is imperfectly understood by the great body of mechanics, in its present improved state.

We have recently given some special attention to the subject, and will endeavor to describe the process as carried on in what we believe to be the largest factory...

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Hand Plane Basics - part 3 - Sharpening by Bill Rittner

No matter how pretty your tool looks if it’s cutting edge is not sharp it will never work properly.

Sharpening is the key to making any cutting tool work as it was designed to. Whenever you encounter a problem cutting with a tool the first thing you should do is to sharpen it.

If you have been around hand woodworking tools for any time you know that there are...

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