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Mark SBD  |  Sep 11, 2017  |  0 comments

Making Old Saws Sharp Again

Whether you’re a fan of new or old saws, Gary Cook’s tips on resurrecting these handy bench tools will certainly pay dividends

Mark SBD  |  Jun 07, 2017  |  0 comments

A tale of three smoothers

Robin Gates tunes three classic smoothing planes and is surprised by his results

Andy King  |  Feb 01, 2010  |  0 comments
Andy King demonstrates how to get the best from a lapping plate when flattening hand tools.
Andy King  |  Dec 25, 2009  |  0 comments
In this first instalment Andy King demonstrates his saw-chops; a simple shop-made jig that secures handsaws during sharpening.
Andy King  |  Dec 24, 2009  |  0 comments
You saw the saw-chops in part one of Andy King's saw sharpening video series. Now, in this next instalment, you can see them in action as Andy demonstrates his method of sharpening traditional hand saws.
Andy King  |  Dec 23, 2009  |  0 comments
In this instalment Andy demonstrates how to use a pair of setting pliers to achieve the correct set for your saw.
Andy King  |  Dec 22, 2009  |  0 comments
Many woodworkers use hardpoint handsaws for cutting sheet material and roughing sawn timber to size, then use more traditional back saws, of the tenon and dovetail variety, for finer jointing work. In this episode Andy walks you through the process of sharpening traditional back saws – a necessary job for any dedicated woodworker.
Andy King  |  Dec 21, 2009  |  0 comments
A quick note on using files for saw sharpening.
Andy King  |  Dec 19, 2009  |  0 comments
Andy shows you his tried and tested method of sharpening a razor sharp edge onto chisels and plane irons with just basic equipment.
Andy King  |  Dec 18, 2009  |  0 comments
Just to prove you can do it, Andy blunts a chisel then gives it a razor sharp edge in a matter of seconds using just one stone, a piece of leather and some honing soap.
Andy King  |  Sep 07, 2009  |  0 comments
Click here for Part 2   There’s a resurgence of very high quality dovetail saws on the market these days. Makers like Gramercy, Wenzloff and Lie Nielsen, Adria and Roberts and Lee have brought traditional saws back into vogue, having seemingly been ousted for good by hardpoint saws. Each of these brands of saw differs in style and comfort, though all have a rip filed tooth pattern as they predominantly cut end-grain.  …

Andy King  |  Sep 06, 2009  |  0 comments
The saw is more or less already prepared for a particular task by now, the shape established at the dressing stage with, say, a more aggressive hook for rip sawing. However, there are still various sharpening options available to adapt the saw even further.   To start with, if it’s a crosscut filed tooth I usually make a very light jointing first with the flat file to…

Paul Sellers  |  Aug 22, 2009  |  0 comments
A friend found an old saw and sent it to me because my name is Sellers and one of my teaching associates is named Slack. The name on the saw was Slack Sellars & Co of Sheffield, England. According to W.L Goodman’s Plane Makers From the 1700’s this company produced edge tools between 1860 and 1960. This saw had no redeeming qualities by way of design or stable name and as you can see, the saw wasn’t worth a second glance…

Andy Standing  |  Aug 02, 2009  |  0 comments
Sharp tools are vital to successful woodworking, but keeping them sharp can be a problem. If the grinding and honing angles are not correct for the work you are doing, the job soon becomes a chore, forcing you to put too much pressure on the tool and risking an accident. Honing guides can help by holding the blade at the correct angle to the sharpening stone and simplifying the whole process. They are particularly useful for restoring tools that…

Jim Watney  |  Aug 01, 2009  |  0 comments
Unglamorous they may be but striking tools are still an esential part of a toolkit. Their use has been reduced by the popularity of the cordless drill and the twin thread screw and further redundancy notices were sent out with the arrival of the air nailer to the domestic market. “the difference between a cabinetmaker and a carpenter was the size of his nails” However, the trouble with any power tool is that the 'feel'…

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