Category Archives: Tool Research

Making Modern Chisels look “Old”

A coworker thought to be nice over the holidays and bought me a set of chisels for Christmas. If it isn’t apparent, I’m rather particular about my tools. Being gracious and polite on such an occasion is still requisite and … Continue reading

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Mechanical Exercise

Sometimes we stumble into things while looking for other things. This morning I was researching more on taps for threading nuts and came across an interesting image from Das Mittelalterlich Hausbuch von Schloss Wolfegg. Hausbuchs were common record keeping documents … Continue reading

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Calling in the Wilderness. pt 1

Sometimes competition is a good motivator. We may choose to challenge ourselves, or enter a challenge with others. In these times we may find reason to do our best work as efficiently as possible. Having a paying gig helps that … Continue reading

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Get Ready to Ratio

George Walker and Jim Tolpin’s book “By Hand and Eye” is shipping from Lost Art Press. If you have any interest in understanding how to design furniture by pre-industrial methods, it is a must have. In preparation for get this … Continue reading

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Marking Gauges make life easy

After finishing my latest handplane, a scrub plane modeled on 15th century examples, I had a bit more time in the shop today before I decided I was “done.” While I already own two commercially made marking gauges it’s been … Continue reading

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