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Ray Smith  |  Aug 20, 2008  |  0 comments

Keeping your workshop supplied with machinery, timber and finishes, as well as doughnuts and tea, is not cheap. It doesnt help the wallet one bit, either, when you have a penchant for quality hand tools. Theres no need to despair, however. As I explained in GW202:27 when I discussed vintage planes, I find car boot sales are ideal for tracking down old, rather tatty tools that can be renovated. This time were on the lookout for wooden-handled…

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

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'…

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  |  Apr 17, 2008  |  0 comments
Ah, Sheffield. Built on seven hills she may be, but she’s not a beauty like Rome. The “ugliest town in the Old World”, George Orwell famously called her. “And the stench!” he went on. “If at rare moments you stop smelling sulphur it is because you have begun smelling gas.” Surrounded by sources of coal and iron, and powered in the pre-steam age by the water of five rivers, Sheffield grew up with dirt…

Jeff Gorman  |  May 28, 2008  |  0 comments
Why do I do it? Sometimes I can understand it, although I can’t offer a full explanation! Just take a look at Pic.1 below. Working from the top left, you can see how my index finger locates the tip of the saw (top left), then helps to keep the saw vertical (top right). Finally, this finger holds the square’s blade down while the other three fingertips use the recess to grip the stock, and on the marking knife, it applies pressure to…

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…

Tegan Foley  |  Mar 23, 2022  |  0 comments
Dominic Collings hopes to improve his dovetailing skills, but first he needs a marking knife fit for the job
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

Paul Sellers  |  Jan 08, 2008  |  0 comments

Many years ago as a boy apprentice, most of the men I trained under had large tool chests neatly placed at the foot of their benches. Their airtight lids stayed firmly shut except when a special tool was needed for a particular job.

Andy King  |  Jan 09, 2008  |  0 comments

In order to make a living with woodworking, I find there has to be a compromise between power tools and elbow grease, and I’ll be the fi rst to admit that I couldn’t survive without power tools. Saying that, if there’s one thing that power tools haven’t been able to match, it’s the fi ne control of basic edge tools in skilled hands. The bench hand plane, for example, is certainly a tool that will be practically…

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.

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