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Handplanes #4: Second Mastering Woodworking Show is On-Line

06-24-2016 05:17 PM by CobblerMtn | 0 comments »

The second of the two shows I filmed for Charles Neil’s Mastering Woodworking show aired today. In the first show I discussed the types of handplanes and showed a bit of technique for using planes to flatten wood. In this week’s show, I demonstrate shooting the ends of boards with a shooting board, including mitered edges using a donkey’s ear shooting board. Then I take an old Stanley plane through the restoration process to show how easily it can be done. If you aren&...

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Handplanes #3: The First Show Has Been Posted

06-16-2016 07:47 PM by CobblerMtn | 0 comments »

The first of the shows I filmed for Charlies Neil’s Mastering Woodworking has been posted on-line, so if you are a subscriber you’ll be able to see it now. The second show will air next week.

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Handplanes #2: Mastering Woodworking Shows

06-15-2016 09:39 PM by CobblerMtn | 0 comments »

Today I filmed two shows for Charles Neil’s Mastering Woodworking webcast. The shows cover the waterfront, from the types of planes and how they’re used, to planing technique, to restoring an old handplane. If you are a subscriber to the Mastering Woodworking shows, expect to see these broadcasts this week and next. If you aren’t a subscriber, the shows are an excellent way to learn woodworking and a lot of fun to watch, so you might consider subscribing. The website add...

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Handplanes #2: Mastering Woodworking Shows

06-15-2016 09:38 PM by CobblerMtn | 0 comments »

Today I filmed two shows for Charles Neil’s Mastering Woodworking webcast. The shows cover the waterfront, from the types of planes and how they’re used, to planing technique, to restoring an old handplane. If you are a subscriber to the Mastering Woodworking shows, expect to see these broadcasts this week and next. If you aren’t a subscriber, the shows are an excellent way to learn woodworking and a lot of fun to watch, so you might consider subscribing. The website add...

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Handplanes #1: My book for new handplane users

06-14-2016 02:57 PM by CobblerMtn | 2 comments »

In April, I published a book based on the classes I teach at Woodcraft on using and restoring handplanes. The book is entitled Choosing and Using Handplanes: All You Need to Know to Get Started Planing by Hand. It’s a good resource for beginning handplane users but it also has tables and reference information more experienced users will find helpful. The book, which runs to 90 pages and has nearly 100 color illustrations, covers the following topics: - The types of handplanes, th...

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It Starts With a Workbench #2: Fuss over tools and the first project

06-29-2015 10:40 PM by DocTux | 7 comments »

Step 1, now we’re really starting on our journey into woodworking. This is when I go, “Oh man. Power tools are super expensive, I think I’ll just stick to hand tools. Plus, that sounds incredibly fun and like a good opportunity to truly challenge myself.” Can you tell that I’m a newbie? What did I even get myself into. Well that was a comforting thought UNTIL I looked at the price of quality hand tools and the true difference between shoddy ones and good ones....

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Equipping the Shop #10: I got bit by the handplane bug

08-22-2014 08:07 PM by Ocelot | 44 comments »

I’ve been reading all you guys extolling the virtues of old Stanley Bailey planes for awhile now. Hey, I’ve got a 20 inch spiral head planer and a little 6-inch (power) jointer. I thought I didn’t need any of that grampa’s old iron. But, one day, something snapped. Two weeks later, here’s where I am. The photos here are straight from ebay. I’ve given them all a basic cleaning since them, but have taken no new photos (no 3 is not here yet). My...

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10 Steps to Getting Started in Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools #11: |Step 10| Learn how to Finish the Wood

04-15-2014 05:01 PM by WoodAndShop | 2 comments »

Step 10 is one of my favorite steps, because you get to see the true beauty reveal itself in the wood, and the grain patterns shine forth! I’ll admit it, I’m not one of those woodworkers who love complex finish recipes, but I love making it as simple as possible. In the above video I introduced quite a few of the well-known finishes used by woodworkers (there’s probably a lot more) but I encourage everyone to experiment and find out which finishes they like the best. My favorite, easies...

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10 Steps to Getting Started in Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools #10: |Step 9| Learn how to Fasten, Assemble & Glue-up Woodworking Projects

04-15-2014 04:58 PM by WoodAndShop | 0 comments »

Every project has different requirements for assembling, gluing, and clamping, but these videos can help with some basic tips. It’s important to have plenty of clamps so you don’t miss clamping a vital area of a project. 9.1 Fastening I used to think that using nails, and other fasteners, wasn’t part of traditional woodworking. But then I took a week-long class at Roy Underhill’s “Woodwright School” and learned that cut nails and other fasteners is actually very traditional. And it’s...

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10 Steps to Getting Started in Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools #9: |Step 8| Joinery: Learn how to Layout & Cut Joints

04-15-2014 04:52 PM by WoodAndShop | 0 comments »

People called “Joiners” cut joints in wood, in order to get the wood to fit (and stay) together. There are many, many different joints for many different applications. I’ll keep adding joinery videos below (I’m starting with the more basic joints and will move on to more complex joints), so keep checking back. Before watching the videos, checkout this cool woodworking joint chart! (credit: David Royce). 8.1 Learn How to Cut Dovetail Joints Here’s a very detailed 15 step video t...

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