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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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Is there still a place for "hand drills" in a modern woodshop?

This is the type of question that unfortunately tends to yield primarily opinion-based answers, but I think it's one of a number of exceptions to this being a bad fit for SE. My answer is a ...
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Trying to identify this antique woodworking tool

You have there what's called a saw jointer. The one below is very similar. The site linked as the source says it's similar to a Stearn's model, so that might be what you have. (source) These are ...
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What tool would this handle be for?

I'm not that familiar with new-build tools but that looked naggingly familiar and I was relatively sure it was for a saw and not any sort of plane. This made it easy to track down: [Veritas dovetail ...
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What drove the design for the traditional tang?

I am trying to figure out why that was the standard at the time. Not sure if this is a chicken/egg issue, but I think the answer has to do with a tool called a brace. The first braces were no more ...
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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 is this brace bit cutter tool exactly and how is it used?

Hollow auger U.S. Patent 203,384 is for a "Hollow auger" or more specifically for improvements to a hollow auger. "What's a hollow auger?" you ask. Well, as @Keshlam suggested it is a device for ...
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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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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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One-handed bar clamp is moving freely in both directions, can it be fixed?

Yes in this case it could be fixed easily. I disassembled the clamp and found one piece a steel with an obvious mechanical failure: This piece of steel is the one that prevents the clamp from ...
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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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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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Is there still a place for "hand drills" in a modern woodshop?

Not so much in woodworking, but there are times when my wheel brace is my drill of choice -- when I'm much more concerned about control than speed, especially on thin, slightly flexible plastic. Here'...
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What are the main different types of "hand drills"?

The drills you refer to as looking like egg beaters are in fact called eggbeaters by some people (precisely because of the resemblance). They are sometimes plainly called hand drills, as well as wheel ...
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How do I cut a hole into a cutting board for a handle

Drill 2 holes (brace and bit if you're being serious about "hand" tools) with a forstner bit (or hole saw), then connect them with a cut using a coping (or jig) saw. Chisel/file/sand as needed. To ...
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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 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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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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I polyed my paintbrush then procrastination left me in a predicament

I use a solvent called Brush Cleaner. It works well on both oil and acrylic based paints. It is stout stuff so wear gloves and use it in an open area. You will have to soak it for 24 hours or so but ...
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I polyed my paintbrush then procrastination left me in a predicament

Did I doom my paint brush to the garbage or is there something I can still do to save it? Salvaging a brush with hardened varnish (or paint) in it is actually quite doable. It will require a long ...
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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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