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Building a Moving Fillister Plane #1: Precursor and laminating the body

06-12-2014 10:46 PM by Wally331 | 4 comments »

Intro- I’ve been using a lot of wooden planes recently and have really come to enjoy their lightness and the feel of wood sliding on wood. Obviously there are a ton of vintage woodies out there; however, I quite enjoy making my own versions of them. They are a lot cheaper (if you have some time on your hands) and you don’t have to deal with old warped wood and a host of other problems you may encounter. I can’t say I am an expert by any means, I’m simply sharing my...

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How to Make a Wooden Straight Edge for Woodworking

07-21-2014 02:20 PM by WoodAndShop | 5 comments »

In the above video I show a simple tutorial on how to make a wooden straight edge for traditional woodworking. A straight edge is an essential measuring tool used when flattening & straightening your boards, and a perfect beginner’s project to hone your traditional hand tool woodworking skills! WOODEN STRAIGHT EDGE vs. METAL STRAIGHT EDGE Why would traditional woodworkers want to use a wooden straight edge when they can purchase precision-ground metal straight edge...

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How to Woodwork in the Dark?

06-14-2014 12:47 PM by WoodAndShop | 12 comments »

What happens to modern woodworkers if their power goes out? Most power tool woodworkers will have to twiddle their thumbs next to a plastic flashlight. But not traditional woodworkers! Last night a Virginia storm knocked out our electricity, but I didn’t have to stop woodworking! I was able to continue working on my mortise and tenon picture frame, just like my ancestors would have done. Not only are hand tools safer, quieter, and more portable, but they can be used “off the grid”! ...

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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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Traditional Woodworking Tours #4: 1820s Tool Chest at the Frontier Culture Museum

05-19-2014 02:34 PM by WoodAndShop | 4 comments »

By Joshua Farnsworth (Writer at WoodAndShop.com) This above video is a continuation of my amazing recent visit, with my family, to the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia. Click here to see the previous video and photos. Steven Gallagher took time to give me a tour of his mid-19th Century tool chest. I love old tools, so this was like Christmas for me! We also had a really great time talking about handle making. I was surprised to see that he uses the same method...

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10 Steps to Getting Started in Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools #2: |Step 1| Understand & Buy the Right Hand Tools

04-15-2014 03:01 PM by WoodAndShop | 6 comments »

1.1 Which Hand Tools Do You Need? After woodworking for several years, conducting “research”, and attending Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School, I’ve compiled three lists of hand tools: (1) urgent (what you need to get started), (2) semi-urgent (what you need to do more than just basic projects), and (3) non-urgent (improves convenience, tools for advanced projects, or items that are fun to have, but not vital). Used vintage hand tools are better in most cases (and less expensive), alth...

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10 Steps to Getting Started in Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools #1: Introduction to Joshua's 10 Steps

04-15-2014 02:27 PM by WoodAndShop | 1 comment »

Have you ever wanted to feel the ancient satisfaction of building beautiful wood furniture by hand? Like your great grandfather built? Have you felt a longing to be connected with your ancestors by common work?  Do you want to build a legacy that you can be proud to pass onto your children? Do you want to own and restore gorgeous antique tools that were made so well that they’ll be around for your great grandchildren to use? I’m Joshua Farnsworth, and I have fallen in lo...

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10 Steps to Getting Started in Traditional Woodworking with Hand Tools #5: |Step 4| Learn how to Use Woodworking Hand Tools

04-15-2014 04:05 PM by WoodAndShop | 0 comments »

Step number 4 gets into actually using your new or old traditional woodworking hand tools to create something! But just like a bike a car, or a sword, these tools will work properly and get you where you want to go (e.g. building something beautiful) if you learn how to wield them properly. So check out these videos, and come back for more…I’ll be adding more and more videos over time; beginning with the fundamental tools and moving onto the specialty tools. 4.1 How to Use Hand Planes ...

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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 #4: |Step 3| Learn how to Refurbish, Tune, & Sharpen Tools

04-15-2014 03:18 PM by WoodAndShop | 2 comments »

My wife loves to say, “hun, I think you love restoring hand tools almost as much as woodworking!” I think she’s right. There’s something magical about taking an antique (and very well built) woodworking hand tool and bringing it back to working order. Removing the rust, tuning up the parts, and sharpening the blade gives a feeling of satisfaction; especially when seeing the finished result. I get a feeling of a connection with the past, with my ancestors, with a time when things were made ...

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