Rock Your Hips Like a 5th Grader at a Dance This side to side technique for free hand sharpening could be applied to using a jig too. It even works well for straight edges. They…

Look for the Line of Light This video was originally published as an Apprentice only update video back in 2017. But I've found the topic to be really helpful for everyone and I wanted to…

Daunted by Sharpening, Here is a Place to Start Sharpening is a lot like religion: everyone has an opinion and they are very passionate about it. Usually they either try to convert you to their…

  Use the Blade Itself to Create Your Strop Molding plane blades, especially complex molders, can be a real pain to sharpen due to their weird shapes. The key to this, and really any blade,…

  Welcome Niles Krech I met up with Niles while I was up in Maine filming the Orientation Semester and he walked me through how he sharpens a saw. Personally I think this is one…

  The 3 Types of Edges and How to Sharpen Them All The wide open mouth and heavily cambered blade are the secrets to success when heavy wood removal is needed[/caption]Sharpening is said by many…

  You Need a Fine Edge to Get a Fine Surface Sharpening a card scraper can be done many ways. This video shows the method I use to restore a bad edge to cutting nirvana.…

http://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/94tenws2wx?embedType=async&seo=false&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=800 It is a Compromise Between a Flat and Curved Blade The medium use planes like Jacks and Jointers are used to flatten out surfaces and do the majority of the in between work of…

http://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/jr7vdzg32x?embedType=async&seo=false&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=800 Eliminate those Plane Tracks The key word to creating a camber on your smoothing plane blades is subtlety. In fact you could probably make a drinking game based on the number of times I…

This is the final part of our Tool Buying guide series...at least unless collectively we can think of some more tools that need discussing. This time I cover some less glamorous tools but ones that…

Here is another buying guide session and this time I talk about chisels, boring tools, and marking/measuring tools. Again I try to frame it from the new woodworker's perspective by highlighting Which tools are needed…

Time for another buying guide live session. This time it's all about hand planes. There are a lot of variables when it comes to hand planes and a lot of it depends on personal preference…

This live session is dedicated entirely to buying saws. Where to get them, which brands I like and why, and what to look for when buying vintage saws. I cover hand saws, panel saws, dovetail…

Also known as in-cannel gouges, these "chisels" are curved like a carving gouge but are flat on the back with a bevel inside the flute. The name "scribing gouge" comes from how these are most…

I published this video on The Renaissance Woodworker but thought it would be helpful to drop into the tool library as well since I built this saw vise specifically for sharpening the resaw frame saw…

The question is what came first the drill or the eggbeater? In 1878 the Millers Falls Company introduced a "hand" drill so the "eggbeater" name was only added later and more than likely never by…

Really there are two tools that go by the name of Gimlets and a distinction should be drawn between the Gimlet and the Gimlet bit. The most obvious difference is that the Gimlet bit has…

The center bit  is a predecessor to the modern Forstner bit.  Found in use in the 18th century style, these bits cut fast and clean holes though the lead center point is longer than a…

The Jack Plane is a highly versatile plane. A case could be made for using it as a woodworker's one and only bench plane. Compromises need to be made for this to hold true but…

Meant to Take a Beating

From left: Vintage Sheffield, Ray Iles 3/8", Ray Iles 1/4"
A good mortise chisel should be a solid hunk of steel with a beefy handle that…

Moulding planes scare a lot of people.  They have odd shaped irons and soles, no fence, and wedges that make adjusting them hard.  Moreover, there is a conception that moulding planes are like router bits…

Often misunderstood and rarely used these days, files and rasps are a very powerful addition to your tool kit.  There is nothing these tools cannot handle.  They may be slower than other specialized tools, but…

The Shoulder plane can have many names and most of the time the name has to do with the task being performed.  Rabbet, Dado, Fillister, and Shoulder are all common examples and though one can…

I have made no secret of the fact that Spokeshaves are my favorite tool.  They are highly versatile tools and open the door to work that scoffs at straight lines.  Using one of these shaves…