Questions tagged [traditional-techniques]

Generally tools and techniques used before the advent of common power tools.

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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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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 the old-school way of smoothing a curved surface?

I have heard that the old-school way of creating a flat surface is to use a hand plane, and that if you use the right tools, you may not even have to sand because the surface is so smooth. Can I use a ...
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What hand tools to use for rounding edges and creating pockets?

I've seen some tutorials online about how to create a cutting board, and all of them suggests using a power router to round the edges and create the pockets for the handles. It looks so easy to do ...
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How can I debark wood?

I'm up at the cottage and I wanted to make myself a traditional bow saw. I got this green piece of poplar and I need to debark it before I rip it. It's about 4-5 inches in diameter if that matters. ...
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What drove the design for the traditional tang?

My terminology might be off as I am basing it on the image below Many traditional bits and tools used the tang style end. I am trying to figure out why that was the standard at the time. Was it power ...
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What is this brace bit cutter tool exactly and how is it used?

I was liberating some old hand tools from my grandfather's shop again, before grandma throws them in the garbage, and found some more interesting things. This time I am sure that this one is a ...
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Finding the right metal for making a froe

They started clearing old ash trees from the lot where I work. There was lots of nice wood there so I took a couple pieces. One in particular a piece of green ash about 17" in diameter. I have been ...
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What is a good starter traditional hand-tool set [closed]

I am starting to get more serious about woodworking and am embarking on a project for my church (A readers' stand with six sides and a rotating top with 3 book holders). I go to a Greek Orthodox ...