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Questions tagged [hand-tools]

Tools used by hand, the work/power is supplied by the tool user.

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How does Frank Klausz achieve a >90 turn with a turning saw without cleanup when cutting dovetails?

Frank Klausz, in his video titled "Dovetails for Drawers - The European way" takes two minutes to show how he makes his "3-minute dovetails". When cutting the tails, he uses what looks to be a custom ...
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Making table leg slightly longer

After a mistake, I ended up with a table leg that's about 1/16" (1.6mm) shorter than the other ones, on the top. I'm probably going to trim all other legs by a commensurate amount, because that seems ...
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Are mortises with angled walls cut the same way as square mortises (handtools)?

What are the usual steps to carve out a non-90degree mortise that will be married to a sliding wedge/key? Should the wedge be cut first? When chiseling a usual mortise, plumb can be used as the ...
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How to handplane many boards to the same dimensions

I am dimensioning aprons for a table with handtools, and trying to correct the four boards to have the same equal thickness over their entire length. I'm trying to minimize problems with uneven ...
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How to make a larger rabbet by hand?

I'm looking to make a larger rabbet into an 6' 4x4 similar to the below picture - but I don't have a circular saw. Or would it be better to simply attach a 2x4 or 1x4 to the main piece?
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What kind of plane is this?

I just bought a wooden plane but I am new to hand planes and couldn't identify it. It seems to not fit in any category known to me (shoulder plane, bullnose plane, chamfering plane etc.) ... Later ...
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How can I salvage the ura on my japanese plane blade?

I bought a Japanese plane a few years ago, and didn't really spend a lot of time researching before I started using and sharpening it. Now that I have a little more time for woodworking again, I ...
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Is this plane salvageable?

I got a hand plane from my grandfather's old tools, though it sat in a garage for several years with no care. It's quite rusted, and it looks like it may be rather heavily pitted on one side of the ...
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Handsaws for very small flooring project

Is there one excellent-quality handsaw that does both crosscuts and rip cuts, and, if not, what two handsaws should I buy? The task is to install either an engineered wood, or possibly hardwood, ...
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What is the best tool for leveling boards? [closed]

Good day! A new batch of boards came from the sawmill, but they were in defective. It is necessary to straighten. In general, this situation is very often happening at my work. I used the Dewalt ...
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How to repair breakout at the intersection of two through-mortises (inside the joint)?

I'm making the joint for the leg shown in the following diagram, using handtools. There are two intersecting through-mortises. A tall one (for the apron running topleft-bottomright in the picture), ...
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How to make bottom face of beefy table leg flat and square with sides

I would like to make a table leg's bottom face flat and square with the sides, using handtools. I have drawn my knife line around the four faces for my desired length, and then proceeded to handsaw ...
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Can I use a 12” granite block for fettling a #5 plane?

I have used a 12”x9” granite block to fettle the #4 I use bit recently acquired a #5 that belonged to my great uncle. It looks good, and I’m looking forward to cleaning it up, but I assume that I need ...
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What is this vintage tool?

I am trying to find out what this vintage tool is called and how it works? What is the tool for? It was found in coworker's dad basement when he was cleaning up the basement.
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I have 3 carving tools and do not know what they are used for

Unknown carving tools, wood handles looks like carbon steel blade
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What could I use instead of a froe when cleaving?

I really want a froe. They are hard to find in my area and when they do exist they are expensive. If I want to cleave a log, e.g. ash, what other options could I consider? I could use axe heads but ...
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Good wooden handle to hung an axe?

I was grinding and sanding this wooden handle for a day or two lately and I nearly finished it, but I noticed, that I filed off a bit too much at the part, where the axe head goes on. I just took a ...
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Resources for wooden furniture projects without glue, nails or screws

I am looking for resources (mostly books) on how to build wooden furniture without glue, nails or screws (preferably with only hand tools). I would like to learn the techniques involved in this as ...
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Substituting Walnut for Hickory in a bow saw

I'm planning on building a version of the Gramercy Tools bow saw. According to their research, Hickory is a good substitute for the European Beech wood classically used in such saws, since it is both ...
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Fixing mistake: Filling the gap in a breadboard end on tabletop

I am building a pine desk/table (with handtools, so far) with a breadboard end design. One end piece does not sit flush with the tabletop everywhere along the entire width of the panel (32" or so). ...
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Taking apart a pre-assembled desk

I want to buy the desk pictured below: However, I'm pretty sure it won't fit in my sedan, and I'd rather not pay to rent a van, so I'd like to take it apart and then put it back together. It doesn't ...
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How can a bit brace handle be replaced?

I have an old bit brace that I would like to restore as much as possible. But the handle is "badly injured". As shown in the picture, it has diminished over time through hard use and it has a long ...
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Kanna setup: blade/mouth width, osae-bo bending

I'm in the process of setting up my first kanna. I'm facing two problems: The blade is wider than the mouth, it overlaps the mimi and chips get stuck there (see picture). What is the correct way to ...
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What is the name of the second tool

Can somebody please help me out by naming the second tool in the row of tools in this image ? Thank you
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Measurements on a Try Square

The measurements on a try square start at the far end of the blade. Why? Wouldn't it be better to have two measurements starting at the 90 degree angles like a framing square? Or was a try square ...
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How should I set a hand plane down?

I've heard conflicting anecdotal advice on how to put down a hand plane. "Don't put a hand plane down on its bottom; always put it on its side or you'll throw off the blade." (source: Grandfather, ...
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What is this tool? Chisel-decorative-beating

Sharpened like a chisel. Marked with imperial size (means that it is old here in Sweden). Has a back end that has taken quite some beating. I have an idea it is for decorative purpose but why have ...
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What hand tools might have been used historically to create a wooden train?

I am writing a novel set in 1850s Nevada. I would like to have the papa make his son a wooden train. Could he do this with a hand saw? What other hand tools would he need?
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Advice on surfacing board with sander

I have a couple of boards of white oak I want to glue up to make a platform for a computer. They are straight enough for a glue up but will require some surfacing for flatness and overall look. I am ...
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Building a Cabin; only un-powered hand tools. Need advice

Recently I had a crazy plan. And I need some advice about how to go about doing it. I wanted to build a small garden shed, more kinda like a cabin actually. So I started drawing it out, and listing ...
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Can I get away with using bonded leather for a strop?

I had been saving some leathers swatches for use on a strop for when I finally get off my behind and start sharpening my tools. I apparently didn't notice that I had been saving bonded leather instead ...
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Hand Saws for Timber Framing

What saws were traditionally used for timber framing cuts in British practice? British-style backsaws don't seem to have cut depths any more than about 4", so how did they cut long tenons?
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Tool recommendation to prick bamboo nodes

I am looking for some kind of tool which I can use to prick through a bamboo. To be more specific, bamboo is hollow inside. There is just some kind of plates "the nodes" which is connecting the ...
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what do you do when the two sides of a mortise hole don't line up exactly?

I am working on hand tool skills and building a workbench. The Paul Sellers workbench that he has videos of on youtube. I find that as I am chopping my mortises my chisel wants to turn to one side or ...
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Hand sawing cross or rip

I am a little unclear on some of the nuances of rip vs. crosscut with handsaws. I know a crosscut saw should be used when cutting perpindicular to the grain, and the rip saw when cutting with the ...
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Planing thin material to consistent thickness using hand tools

Is there a special tool/setup for achieving a consistent thickness of thin stock that leaves a planed/smooth finish? Something like I imagine is used for Kumiko members? https://www.tanihata.co.jp/...
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Respirator / Dust mask for hand tools?

Whats the safety regarding hand tools and dust masks? My hope is that in general hand tools will not produce fine enough dust to be concerned with. My assumptions are that using hand planes taking ...
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getting edge of plane square to sole for shooting

I just finished putting together a shooting board and have noticed that none of my hand planes have sides which are square to the sole (Stanley/Bailey #4 w/ corrugated sole, #5 1/4, #6, Wood river low ...
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hand plane controls (bevel down)

I finally got a decent craigslist haul of a #4, #5 1/4, #6 Stanley Bailey and a bunch of spare blades. I have been searching online and can find explanations for each of the adjustments. But I am ...
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Joining two flat legs of stool

I am practicing dovetails and so I have made various stools of differing sizes consisting of three pieces of rectangular wood: one for the seat and two for the legs, being joined with dovetails. I ...
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Most general purpose hand plane for limited budget

I have spent too many hours using my poor man's plane consisting of a flat block and a piece of sandpaper to flatten down my dovetail pins. I am looking to buy a hand plane and am a little ...
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How can I resaw material using only hand tools?

I currently do not own a table saw or a band saw which is what I have seen typically used to resaw wood in half or to smaller dimensions. I would like to half a board to make a small box but only have ...
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Adding weight to Veritas dovetail saw

I am trying to learn dovetails. My first/second/third show slow improvement but I still have a lot of progress left. The most difficult part for me is starting the cut since the saw tends to want to ...
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Old carving gouges — why so thick?

So far I have only used Pfiel carving tools and am accustomed to sharpening them. I picked up a set of old Mifer (Spanish) gouges today. It is taking me a couple hours per gouge to set their bevels ...
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How to get better at fitting joints and “seeing” bruises?

I'm a beginner. I'm concentrating on hand-tool joinery for now. I've watched a lot of YouTube videos, trying to learn joinery. For the purposes of this question I'm most interested in mortice &...
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What is this tab on this old saw? [duplicate]

I have this beautiful old saw: Ignoring that it is in need of some TLC, can anyone tell me what this tab is on the top? Does it serve a purpose or is it purely decorative?
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How do I join wood in an A frame for a beginner?

I've been asked to build a small swing set frame for a baby's swing. It will be a couple feet tall by a couple feet wide and will use 1x2 minimum lumber in an A frame shape. I have never worked with ...
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How do I achieve inset edge beading?

I would like to achieve an inset edge beading effect on a drawer front as seen here: What would be the best approach for achieving this? I would rather do this on the face of the drawer rather than ...
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How do I use dividers to layout decorative shapes?

I am attempting to recreate ornamental brackets that were installed on my porch. The house in built in New England at around 1914. The brackets appear to have reoccurring patterns. I recognize some ...
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Can anyone Identify what this item is and what its used for?

Another of the unusual items I have discovered during the cataloging of my mothers stuff. Not sure what it is or whats its for. Makers name I believe is Hill Bros or it could be Mill Bros. Its ...