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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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How to prevent sticking and hopping when cutting with a hand saw?

I have tried in the past to make precision cuts using a hand saw and always have issues with the blade sticking or hopping out of the cut. If by sticking you mean that the friction between the blade ...
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Technique for using a "poor-man's rebate plane"

How can I improve the results I get? Based on your pictures, I surmise that it's due to a combination of: Your chisel not being sharp enough, Planing against the grain, Not having the edge of your ...
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What is a good starter traditional hand-tool set

I would not approach it like this. What I would recommend you do is pick a project you want to work on, and then get the tools you need for that project. Chances are very good that all or almost all ...
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Why is metal avoided when joining wood?

A lot of woodworkers enjoy the challenge of building stuff using only wood. There are greater and lesser degrees of this. Some people go so far as to build hinges and latches and locks out of wood, ...
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Why is metal avoided when joining wood?

Tradition plays a large role in it, but generally metal fasteners aren’t ideal: Screws are strong, but unattractive. Brads and other small nails are too weak to hold joints under much stress Metal ...
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Resources for wooden furniture projects without glue, nails or screws

The biggest or most common "buzzword" or term that I have heard in regards to this is Japanese Joinery. You might also hear Japanese Woodworking, Japanese Carpentry, or the word "...
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Precise 90 degree cuts on small pieces

To begin with you could really do with a try square or similar for marking square. Some form of square1 should be considered standard equipment and many woodworkers find it useful to have more than ...
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How to prevent tearout when drilling surface at an angle?

Sometimes you just can't prevent all surface tearing when drilling directly into wood. Sharp bits do help — and by sharp I mean sharp, sharp enough you want to handle the bit with care because you ...
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Are household items made from cherry wood poor taste, against tradition, or sacrilege in Japanese culture?

No. In addition to the two long-standing craft traditions I mention in my Comment above that provided strong evidence, I found the following references which dispel any notion that use of the wood in ...
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Remove little material from a wooden piece with manual tools

You're correct, sawing off this little material isn't possible by hand under normal circumstances. You could possibly do it working very carefully using a saw with a very thin plate (e.g. a Japanese ...
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Fixing mistake: Filling the gap in a breadboard end on tabletop

First off, well done on building your breadboard ends properly. Far too often these days they're not done right1. I see using filler is recommended in other similar questions, but it is reported ...
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Handsaws for very small flooring project

A Japanese-style double-edged pull saw would be perfect. One side is for rip cuts; the other is for cross-cuts. As a bonus, they're flexible enough to also cut your door jambs flush with the new ...
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What is this brace bit cutter tool exactly and how is it used?

This tool is a tapering tool for chair, or table legs. How to use: With the leg in a vise, square end to one side, the tapering tool is brought slowly and carefully (adjusting from the square end) ...
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My hand-planed rebate goes downhill - what's wrong with my technique?

A rebate plane doesn't automatically cut to the same depth across the entire stroke. In theory perfect usage would come close, but most folks don't perfectly cut the whole thing with the same pressure ...
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Any experience/advice re treadle lathes?

Saint Roy is on it. The thing about treadle lathes is that the piece rotates in two different directions, so you'll need to use a different technique to keep the tool from gouging into the work when ...
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Leg basics for stools, chairs, table

One thing I was wondering is how legs are typically made? Unfortunately there isn't a typical way that legs are done, it's entirely down to the tools available to the woodworker and to some extend ...
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What are the ideal traditional tools to use for creating an inlay?

I know that this is an old question, but for anyone else looking... You can use a brace with a Forstner bit to get you started with removing material, and then chisels & even carving gouges for ...
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What is a good starter traditional hand-tool set

Expense will vary a lot with sources of supply - while there are good new hand tools available, they are often expensive - if you have any flea markets that tend to old tools (or a vendor that does) ...
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Hand Saws for Timber Framing

In the British tradition, such work would be done with a wooden bow saw (also called a buck saw). A nice feature of such a saw is the direction of the cut is nearly independent of where the handle is ...
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What could I use instead of a froe when cleaving?

What could I use instead of a froe when cleaving? You can of course do a lot of splitting with a small hand axe or hatchet, but a much closer substitute would be a strong machete, thick-bladed knife ...
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What could I use instead of a froe when cleaving?

You can make one from a car leaf spring (available at auto salvage yard) keep the eye end to mount a handle and grind one edge with a double bevel. It will be curved slightly but not bad over the ...
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Can I avoid spur / knicker marks in dado bottom cut with plough plane (stanley #45)?

Once you get close to your final dept, remove the spurs and you can score the corners with a matte knife (like the spur) but stop short of the ends.
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Fixing mistake: Filling the gap in a breadboard end on tabletop

Other options for preventing/minimizing this in the future/other side: Drawbore the tenons. The thin breadboard end - in softwoods - should flex enough to close up a lot of these gaps. Undercut the ...
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How can I flatten the top of a 12" natural log in place?

I can dream up all sorts of methods. Whether any of them (including set-up time and building fixtures) will be faster than just going "way too slow" with your planer that you already have is ...
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How to construct roof correctly covering walls corners?

First, there is no standard rule of thumb for resolving roof conditions. There may be as many possible solutions as there are people trying to solve the roof challenge you have. Let's start by ...
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Leg basics for stools, chairs, table

To cut the taper in the legs on your table saw, make a jig to shuttle the stock along the fence. The one shown below is two pieces of 1 x 4 screwed at the top end in contact with each other, at the ...
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My hand-planed rebate goes downhill - what's wrong with my technique?

It sounds like the blade might not be engaging at the start of the cut. I would make sure that the blade is as sharp as possible and check that it engages at the front end of the rebate. Best, Kevin
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Technique for using a "poor-man's rebate plane"

To adjust the depth of the cutter in wooden planes by a small amount, knock one end or other of the plane with a mallet. The inertia of the plane iron relative to the wood will carry it up or down, ...
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