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Blog series by Tom updated 10-07-2021 12:39 PM 5 parts 3986 reads 29 comments total

Part 1: My Tenon Saws

04-13-2021 07:44 PM by Tom | 5 comments »

My woodworking hand tool purchasing experience has been fairly haphazard over the last 10 years. I pretty much started with no tools at all and no real idea what tools I needed to get started. This was before a lot of online resources existed, like Paul Sellers. It probably didn’t help that much of my inspiration to try hand tool woodworking came from watching The Woodwright’s Shop with Roy Underhill. I love that show, but Roy tends to have a huge variety of tools and they see...

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Part 2: My Tenon Saws addendum

04-14-2021 04:08 PM by Tom | 7 comments »

I should have mentioned a good source for sharpening info. The link below is very useful. Vintage Saw's Saw Filing Treatise Also, I made a couple holders for my saws to hold them in my wood vise for sharpening. The pictures are probably enough to help you make one if you need it. Just a couple sticks of pine and a screw. Good luck. :)

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Part 3: Finding Tools and a Trip to Ohio

05-21-2021 12:27 PM by Tom | 12 comments »

Over the last 10 years, I have assembled a pretty decent set of tools. Most of them are old “user” tools and there are some modest new tools as well. Believe it or not, I use all these tools. It is a bit romantic to use the wooden planes on a project that is from a certain period, like my drop leaf table reproduction. But you don’t need all these tools to make nice things. You can do a lot with just a small set of tools: bench chisels, a couple hand planes, plow p...

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Part 4: Cleaning Up the Brace

05-21-2021 05:32 PM by Tom | 1 comment »

During my recent trip to the Ohio flea markets, I found an old Spofford brace in a pile of tools. It was marked $15 and I could not resist it. I really do not need another brace. This one is an 8” version which is smaller than my other braces, so maybe it will be handy for lighter boring tasks. When I clean up tools from the junk bin, I usually use three products. WD40 to take off rust and free up parts, 3 in 1 oil to lubricate the working components and furniture wax with steel ...

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Part 5: Combination Square Option

10-07-2021 12:39 PM by Tom | 4 comments »

I have been looking for a good combination square for a long time. I am never really sure what to buy. Some new ones are very expensive and a good quality vintage square is also expensive. The home center has very inexpensive combination squares but they seem sort of cheaply made. I found a set at Lee Valley that I will try. Very economical for both a 6” and 12”. They have cast iron heads which is usually good. Once I receive them, I will share my experience. In case yo...

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