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Unknown tool from auger bits set

That's a screwdriver bit. At the time this was made slot-head screws were pretty much all there were and being able to use your brace to drive larger screws saved space in a travelling toolkit. Plus I'...
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Should I use aluminum and copper to make woodworking tools?

In short, copper and aluminum are soft metals, and you'd need to consider the quality of the casting and the metallurgical treatment of the tool as well. It sounds like a fun project, but watch out ...
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Fettling a hand plane

This is going to run long so TL;DR warning. I have a #5 faithfull handplane (don't judge me, I didn't know any better!) No judgement here! Two Faithfull planes formed the core of my handplane ...
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Making removable marks on walls for e.g. cabinet installation

When I don't want to make messy marks, it's blue painter's tape all the way. (There are various options, in terms of how long you can leave it on. Just remember to peel it in time.)
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Angled cuts without miter saw or miter box?

The type of mitres you're looking to do are called case mitres because in a different context they'd be used for casework, i.e. cabinetry or box making1. Other than sawing them directly (challenging ...
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What kind of plane is this?

Although the manufacturer call this a Stepped Rabbet Plane this is a bullnose plane. Although their forms vary all planes with the iron bedded at a typical angle* and mounted in such a way that it's ...
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What is this turning process on the woodworking Wikipedia page?

It appears his right hand is holding something like a bow which I will assume is what is literally turning the wood. Yes, he's using a bow lathe, a turning method that goes back at least as far as ...
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Is this small hand tool with a heart-shaped end a woodworking tool?

It's a grapefruit segmenter https://www.amazon.com/Grapefruit-Segmenter-Slicer-Wooden-Handle/dp/B00KRFJJYQ?ie=UTF8&Version=1&entries=0
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What is this hand tool with handles similar to a spokeshave? It has different selectable profiles around the edge of a disc

This looks like a beading scratch-stock. Beading is a decorative detail added to the edges of boards to make them less prone to damage and to hide gaps in joinery or around doors. This tool creates ...
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Spirit Level Reading

From one of the resources on the internet, Little Machine Shop, this bit of wisdom: These Starrett Machinist Levels have ground and graduated main vials, and a cross test vial. The 12" level ...
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How do you inlay a brass corner ornament using handtools only?

Your chisels and router plane are completely adequate tools for the job. The curve you have to cut are convex in the wood, so approximating with small chisel nibbles is perfectly feasible. I would ...
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Resawing by hand - how to correct drift?

The basics in adjusting for drift are: identify it early, adjust quickly, and keep on monitoring closely. Identify early It's vitally important in any long cut (not only made with hand tools!) to spot ...
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What are these profiled wooden objects with brass end caps?

It is an antique Beech Wood & Brass Sash template. In short they were/are used as a template for creating (miter/coping) the framing around windows where glaze is used. You can read more here. ...
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What determines carving tools/chisels quality?

This is actually a pretty broad topic, but other than marketing decided price (brand A being more expensive than brand B simply because of the brand name) there may be large difference in ...
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How do I achieve inset edge beading?

This is not a job for the router, at least not in the way you're thinking. Here are two quick guides to how this is generally done: Two Ways to Make Cock Beading on Fine Woodworking. Q & A: Cock-...
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How can I resaw material using only hand tools?

Which tool would be best to accomplish this Of the saws you list I think the pull saw is the best choice, in fact while it's theoretically possible to do it with one or two of the others doing it ...
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Respirator / Dust mask for hand tools?

My hope is that in general hand tools will not produce fine enough dust to be concerned with. While it is now fairly widely known that the finer dusts are the most hazardous (as produced primarily by ...
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How can a bit brace handle be replaced?

Is it possible to change the handle and how? Yes, you can replace the handle. But there's a decent chance you can repair the existing one strongly enough that the repair will last for many years if ...
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How to handplane many boards to the same dimensions

I often end up with some minute thickness variation along the length of the boards. This is hand-tool woodworking, some variation from part to part is par for the course. We aren't machines after ...
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What is this hand tool with handles similar to a spokeshave? It has different selectable profiles around the edge of a disc

I found it! - Windsor Beader Type 1 - 1885
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What is the purpose of the side handle on a hand ("eggbeater") drill?

In my younger days, I had only this type of drill with which to bore holes. It was often necessary to place the in-line grip on my chest or belt to apply pressure. A board or similar panel provided ...
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Does it matter what kind of diamond stone I get?

It seems the other answers so far have all been hobbyists who use their diamond stones occasionally, which is fine (though I may be wrong!), but I can speak from the perspective of using these stones ...
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Easiest way to make 5000 cuts'?

The important thing is to set up a jig or fixture so you can quickly and easily make repeat cuts. You could rig up a fence/guide and sled for your scroll saw and use a very fine blade, but for such ...
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What is this vintage tool?

Dressing wheel for bench grinder stones... used to flatten the stones after they get rounded or grooved.
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Is it needed to have the lever cap flat against the blade in a shoulder plane?

This is normal. Shoulder planes of this design always like this. Maybe best example:
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Easiest way to make 5000 cuts'?

I need to make 5000 3mm slices, preferably within a few hours. Best of luck with that! If we assume "a few hours" is three hours that's one cut every 21 seconds with no breaks or pauses. If you ...
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Does it matter what kind of diamond stone I get?

The diamond stone with holes in the diamond surface will usher away the metal shaved off the blade and thus makes the sharpening process faster. It is also easier to clean up. However it is less ...
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hand plane controls (bevel down)

Starting note: cap iron = chipbreaker. For example, moving the frog back is for taking larger shavings and less figured wood. Moving it up is for smaller shavings and more figured woods. A similar ...
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what do you do when the two sides of a mortise hole don't line up exactly?

I'm not sure exactly in what way the two sides don't line up exactly. Working in from both faces should ensure the 'mouth' of the mortise on each face is pretty much bang-on, even if the mortise ...
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