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  • All About Vises

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 9, 2011
    All About Vises Add clamping power to your workbench. By Randy Johnson and Tom Caspar A good vise is tool money well spent. It’s a solid investment in your workbench that pays off every time you need to hold a piece of wood. Two Types of Vises Everybody’s...
  • Clean Rusty Tools by Electrolysis

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    Electrolysis is a gentle, safe way to chemically remove all the rust from small tools, and it leaves the iron untouched. An abrasive can remove rust, too, but it may require removing a large amount of metal, either weakening the piece or destroying its...
  • Dream Sharpening Machine

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    "What? A $600 machine that just sharpens hand tools?" That's the reaction I've heard when introducing my pals to the latest in sandpaper-sharpening technology, the Lap-Sharp LS-200. It's the brainchild of a single-minded engineer...
  • 4 Hand Tools for Stringing

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, October 6, 2011
    4 Hand Tools for Stringing Find out more about using hand tools to make stringing inlay. Stringing reached its peak as an art form way back in the late 18th century, long before power tools. In those days, both the grooves and the strips were made by...
  • Hand Sanding Blocks

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 5, 2008
    Isaac Fischer, Jr., of Springfield, Vt., patented sandpaper on June 14, 1834. Shortly after that, presumably, sanding blocks were invented. Sanding blocks apply even pressure over the entire surface of the paper. This makes sanding by hand faster and...
  • Well-Equipped Shop - Premium Blade Set

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, January 12, 2011
    Premium Blade Set Upgrading a blade and chipbreaker can turn a pretty good plane into a dream tool. If you’ve been thinking about buying a premium plane, here’s an alternative plan: Get an old Stanley, tune it up, and replace its blade and...
  • Sandpaper Power Sharpening System

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, June 29, 2008
    An excellent sharpening system has just gotten better and cheaper! The Veritas Mark II ($300) sharpens chisels, plane irons, carving gouges and V-tools incredibly fast with a minimum of fuss. The Mark II is a simpler version of the Mark I, a sharpening...
  • Heavy-Duty Glue Scraper

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 25, 2009
    It's best to remove glue before it hardens, but sometimes that's not possible. When I face cement-hard glue, I pull out this robust scraper to bull my way through it. The blade is 1/8-in.-thick tempered steel, as tough as a chisel. There's...
  • Well-Equipped Shop - Veritas Small Scraping Plane

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, July 19, 2010
    Small Scraping Plane Sometimes a wood grain’s direction is so unruly that planing just gets you in trouble–tearout is inevitable. Faced with this situation, the hand tool to pick up is a scraper. A card scraper is fine for small areas, but...
  • Tool News - Veritas Beading Tool

    by American Woodworker Editors     Sunday, February 1, 2009
    With the Veritas Beading Tool, hand beading, fluting or reeding in soft and hard woods is easy. Standard cutters are available, as are blanks for you to design your own shape. The tools is designed to allow scribing on a variety of flat and curved surfaces...
  • Tool News - Hosaluk Ferrules to make your own Tools

    by American Woodworker Editors     Sunday, February 1, 2009
    If you've ever wanted to make your own turning-tool handles, Lee Valley's Hosaluk Ferrules could be a valuable part of the equation. Making your own handle allows you to customize the diameter, grip, length and tool projection. These ferrules...
  • Mini Router Plane

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, May 15, 2008
    Sometimes setting up a big electric router to do a small job is like swatting flies with a backhoe. What you may prefer, of course, is a simple hand tool that gets the job done with a minimum of fuss. The Veritas Small Router Plane, is just such a tool...
  • Super Spokeshave

    by AW-Editor     Friday, August 29, 2008
    Spokeshaves are a pleasure to use at the bench. You can smooth curved parts that are rough cut on a bandsaw or put those final hand-sculpted touches anywhere on a piece of furniture. A spokeshave can be pushed or pulled and take off light or heavy shavings...
  • Tool News - New PORTER-CABLE® Hand Planer

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, April 5, 2011
    New PORTER-CABLE® Hand Planer Brings Performance, Ease of Use, Ergonomics, and Dust Collection to the Worksite TOWSON, Md. (March 29, 2011) – PORTER-CABLE announces the launch of its new 6 AMP Hand Planer (PC60THPK), which incorporates features...
  • Tool News - C.H. Hanson Ball Level

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 14, 2009
    The Precision Ball Level is a three-in-one tool that includes a patented precision aviation ball compass design that expands the use of the level beyond its traditional job of indicating level and plumb surfaces. With a simple glance, the Precision Ball...