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Plane Irons and Chisels Need a Flat, Polished Back

Plane Irons and Chisels Need a Flat, Polished Back

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Learn how to use sandpaper glued to granite to acheive a mirror polish on your favorite cutting tools

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How to Make a Scratch Stock for Beading

How to Make a Scratch Stock for Beading

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Turn scrap steel into a one-of-a-kind beading tool for fine furniture projects

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Veritas Introduces New Tool Steel for Plane Blades and Chisels

Veritas Introduces New Tool Steel for Plane Blades and Chisels

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Veritas has introduced a new tool steel for plane blades and chisels. Is it the next big thing in hand tools?

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Japanese Chisel Tuneup - Part 3

Japanese Chisel Tuneup - Part 3

The final installment of a three part series on tuning up a new Japanese bench chisel. Learn how to set the hoop and peen over the end of the handle on a oire-nomi.

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Japanese Chisel Tuneup - Part 2

Japanese Chisel Tuneup - Part 2

In part two of a three-part series on tuning up Japanese chisels, learn tips on back-flattening and sharpening.

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Japanese Chisel Tuneup - Part 1

Japanese Chisel Tuneup - Part 1

Some techniques for tuning up Japanese bench chisels in this three-part series.

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Cutting and Fitting a Blind Finger Joint

Cutting and Fitting a Blind Finger Joint

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A recent project allows for some funky experimentation with mitered finger joints.

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Part 3: A Violin is Born at Fine Woodworking

Part 3: A Violin is Born at Fine Woodworking

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In part 3 of an ongoing series on building a violin from scratch. I cover the initial contouring of the instrument's top.

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Used Japanese Tools

Used Japanese Tools

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Recently I received a box full of used Japanese carpentry tools from my Aikido teacher in Japan. In this post I list the tools by their Japanese names and describe their basic functions. I also discuss how I cleaned up of the 30 mm carpenter's chisel. I plan to cover the rehabilitation of other tools in future posts.

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Building a Cherry TV Cabinet - Part III

Building a Cherry TV Cabinet - Part III

In the final installment of this 3-part series, it's time to glue the case up, fit the doors, and apply a finish

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