Brace & Bit

Saw Handle Part 1 https://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/lpb3xopdku?embedType=async&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 Sawing Curves and Rasp Work Make your own saw handle and gain some curve cutting practice. Saw the curve, rasp to a pleasing feel, lather, rinse, and repeat. That's really…

Consistency in Layout is the Key to Success Here The dust frames not only make for a surface for the drawers to ride on and set the spacing of the drawers, but they add incredible…

  Same as a Dovetail but with an Orthopedic Pin The knuckle joint is an odd one that only shows up in drop leaf and gate leg style tables. But once you realize this joint…

  Scrap Management and a Weird 3 Way Joint We covered two topics in Office Hours this month, how to organize and store your scrap lumber and then I cut an interesting through tenon and…

  Casework is About Consistency This Japanese tool box comes from the Japanese side of woodworking and is often seen filled with Japanese saws and planes and chisels. The design is so minimal and beautiful…

  Angled Mortises Are Square Mortises With a Lean This marking gauge is one of those brilliant tools from yesteryear. There are several instances of them to be found in historical Joiner inventories and little…

  No Vises, No Problem This workbench is hardly a unique design. It takes the wide aprons of an English joiners bench, adds in a modern split top design, and stout legs and joinery to…

  Just Because That Bit Says 3/8" Doesn't Mean It Cuts a 3/8" Hole To bore right sized holes isn't as simple as you might think. I've lost count of the number of times I…

  Video Quick Links Part 1 Part 2 Shoulder Alignment is the Number One Priority This practice square is 9 joints, 6 mortise and tenon variations, and 3 half lap variations. But first and foremost,…

  The Woodworking Undo Button Is that tenon you cut just a bit too loose? Hit the undo button and you have a super tight joint! And by that I mean, draw bore it. Now…

  I had a last minute, mass production style project land on my bench this week. It was a fun diversion but it would have been a nightmare if I had built it the way…

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…

 In this part I build the flywheel. Making a wheel sounds pretty straightforward but as usual I'm going to complicate it by laminating together 3 layers to make the wheel more stable over time. I…

 This time I mill all the lumber and cut all the joinery for the basic body of the lathe. As mentioned in the outset of this video it is a good idea to have the…

  The rounder plane is an odd little tool with such a specific use that you might think you don't need to build one. That may be true, but I think the process of building…

Building the Lathe Body It is time to move off the drawing board and on to actual woodworking. This time I will build the body and bed rails for the lathe and lock it all…

This time I focus on the tailstock or poppet/puppet, installing the live centers, and making the tool rest. There are a lot of different ways to build these and you can also shape them to…

 This session I address a question about drilling holes at an angle and which bits are best for that type of work. I also take the opportunity to demonstrate several types of bits and why…

https://handtoolschool.wistia.com/medias/nt34gpmnjj?embedType=async&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 Back to the Joinery Bench and this time I install the Benchcrafted Moxon Vise. There are other options that will work for this bench, but I believe this particular vise really completes the design.…

  This through dovetail and tenon joint has become popular again as a workbench joint. With the myriad of mating surfaces, mechanical connection and through depth it is rock solid and the perfect solution to…

  With some precision drilling in the future, I thought a short detour to discuss some techniques was in order. This lesson covers horizontal and vertical drilling using a brace and bit and eggbeater drill.…

  Make the Tools Essential for Sticking Mouldings Truly there isn't much to a sticking board.  We could dress it up and add some pretty mouldings to make this an appropriate project to accompany the…

The Brace is an essential tool but it is useless without a sharp auger bit.  I use it for any hole from 1/4" and up.  Anything under a 1/4" is really the realm of an…

The brace is probably the most common tool you see floating around at flea markets.  At the Steppingstone Museum where I volunteer as a period joiner in the summer time, we have over 40,000 vintage…