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Blog series by WoodWorkLIFE updated 01-18-2019 04:53 PM 6 parts 9416 reads 11 comments total

Part 1: Sharpening with a Belt Sander?

02-08-2017 10:49 PM by WoodWorkLIFE | 4 comments »

No the way you would think to use it, but pair the Harbor Freight belt sander (50$ on sale) makes one hell of a honing device. I call it “Ze Frankenstraup” here is my full sharpening video also featuring DMTs Dia-Sharp stones. Let me know if you have any questions. View on YouTube Thanks for Watching, Remember to keep your tools sharp, and your mind even sharper, Rick Wood.Work.LIFE

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Part 2: Bevel Edge Western Bench Chisel Shootout

02-20-2017 08:04 PM by WoodWorkLIFE | 3 comments »

Hey guys, In this video I compare several popular western bench chisel brands for: ease of sharpening, ergonomics, fit to tasks, and general fit and finish. I compared everything I could get my hands on from ALDI, Harbor Freight, Narex, Irwin Marples, Stanley Sweetheart, and even Lie Nielsen and Veritas. These are all obviously opinions and my methods were anything but scientific, but I hope this gives you a little bit more info before you pick out your next set of chisels. View on You...

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Part 3: Restoring the American Bedrock...Plane that is - Restoring Stanley Bedrock 604c and 605

04-02-2017 03:12 AM by WoodWorkLIFE | 0 comments »

I have restored several planes in my pursuit of finding the right tool in hand tool woodworking. I have done several Stanleys of various vintage and quality, off brands, and long dead brands that change hands around the US. I have met the odd fellow in a parking lot to look at a few planes in a trunk and make him an offer he can’t refuse. I have not however had the joy, nay, privileged of restoring a Stanley Bedrock plane. Whelp, that changes now. I got my hands on a couple of old ...

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Part 4: East Meets West - The Dozuki vs The Pistol Grip Back Saw

06-15-2017 03:21 PM by WoodWorkLIFE | 0 comments »

Whelp, looks like it time for another hand tool shootout, and this time it is time for a little east meets west action. Dozuki vs Pistol Grip Western Saw. I have always just kind of used both, I really find that they both have an important place in my workflow, but I took a second to figure out whats what between the two. This is really down to personal preference, and some of these opinions might just be facts about the ubiquitous Z saw and Veritas iterations of these tools. There are...

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Part 5: Who is the KING of the Butt Joint?

01-22-2018 07:58 PM by WoodWorkLIFE | 0 comments »

Hey Guys, I did a quick little deep dive into the ins and outs of common butt joint techniques. I looked at biscuits, Mortise and Tenons (both hand cut and machine cut) Festool Domino Floating Tenons, and the Kreg Jig. I broke down how long it takes to make these joints, how consistent they come out, how easy and repeatable they are, and how strong each joint is. I break down (with lots of data) how much they cost in both money and time invested into each joint from the perspective of a...

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Part 6: History of the Western Handplane

01-18-2019 04:53 PM by WoodWorkLIFE | 4 comments »

In this video I looked at a few popular hand planes in my collection and through history to show the development of the hand plane from the second century AD through the modern era. In my collection are the Sandusky model 13, Stanley Bedrock number 5, Stanley Handyman Number 5 (British Stanley), Lie Nielsen Number 5 1/2, and the RALI 260 Evolution N. I also looked at the Goomanham plane, Stanley Bailey Patent Planes, and the transitional plane Please let me know if there are any impo...

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