Questions tagged [hand-tools]

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

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Comparison of Western saws and Japanese Saws

I was considering acquiring a Japanese style saw from Lee Valley. I have a small collection of tenon saws and regular saws that would, it seem, already serve the same purposes as most of the ...
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What is a try square used for?

I know there are many types of squares, and ultimately all of them are used check an angle for square-ness, i.e., to make sure it is a 90° angle. But different squares are good at different jobs. For ...
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Why would I want a joiner's mallet

I was reading this question about the Size of a Joiner's Mallet and it got me thinking about why specifically I would even want to have a joiner's mallet. I have an old croquet stick (shortened ...
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Size of a Joiner's Mallet

I built my joiner's mallet when I was just getting started in woodworking. I hadn't seen too many mallets before then so I went with my gut instincts on size and dimensions. The result is a very hefty ...
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Is it OK to re-use an old iron wedge when handling an axe?

I've got an old axe that has a handle slipping down the head. This danger sign means the axe needs a new handle right away. Looking on Ebay the iron wedges that I'll need are about £4 for 4. This ...
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Is this a specific kind of hand drill?

I have been collecting tools from my grandfather's old workshop. One of the items appears to be a hand drill. What is odd about this is that if you look up hand drill they either function similar to a ...
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What are spokeshaves and what is their intended use?

A lot of the woodworking books and articles I read will mention using spokeshaves for different things. What exactly is a spokeshave and what is their primary design purpose? I've never used one and ...
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How do I make a mortise and tenon joints by hand

I am starting a new project and intend to use more joinery techniques. I am going to make a chair, and I was hoping to create some mortise and tenon joints for the chair that I am making. I do not ...
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Is there a 'best' way to sharpen an edged tool like a chisel?

There are a bewildering variety of sharpening methods out there and many opinions as to which might be the best. Is there a best way? What are some good references on the subject?
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What is the purpose of a saw nib? [closed]

Saw nibs have been present for hundreds of years. What is their purpose?
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Which first gouges to get for a beginning turner

My father no longer uses his shop (for the most part) and the tools are going to me. Over time and disuse some of his turning tools have disappeared or fallen into disrepair. I would like to start ...
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Does knotty wood dull a hand plane faster than normal wood?

While I was planing down a plank of Cedar this evening I noticed that the plane did not slide through the knotty wood, that it was a harsh stop. It made me wonder whether I should attempt to plane ...
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Making biscuits cuts by hand

A good answer from my question on joinery talked about using a biscuit joiner. While this is a great idea a biscuit joiner is not in my top 5 of tools to acquire. I do have a variety of, recently ...
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Best way to flatten boards by hand

I'm trying to process 4/4 soft maple rough stock into 1/2" thin boards, ready for use in furniture and I'm having a real hard time getting them flat. Here's my process so far: Crosscut a 18" piece ...
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Do rip saws still have a place in the wood shop?

40 years ago when I was first learning to work with wood, there were crosscut and rip saws, each used for their own purpose. As I recall you could use a crosscut saw for either job. A rip saw could ...
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How do I completely disassemble a hand plane to clean it and then reassemble it?

I have a block plane that I picked up from Lowes a few months ago. I took it apart recently to clean the blade but when I tried to put it back together I was unable to get consistent results when ...
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Closing mouth on coffin plane

I have a Scioto coffin plane whose mouth is a little on the wide side. I'd like to glue a piece of wood inside the front of the throat to close it up, but I don't know if rubbing end grain against the ...
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What kind of woods can be riven with a froe?

I've never used a froe before but I'm enamored with the idea of making my own boards. Right now, I use splitting wedges to make quarters small enough to feed through my bandsaw. This results in a lot ...

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