Christmas in the US starts after Thanksgiving Thursday for the busiest shopping day of the year (USA), but for those of us living around the rest of the globe making gifts and decor begins when we find half a day to do it. To give you a heads-up we made this video for Woodworking Masterclasses…

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I recently blogged about saw handle sizing because many handles since the last World War often became undefined, utilitarian and too big for anything but brutish work. That’s true of most hand tools that are mass made. Some of you responded with suggestions for high-end saws ranging in price between £100 – £200 per saw…

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This past year some things have impressed me. Tools, equipment, books. I used a C.K. Square awl for many years and then they switched maker and the square bit snapped on many of their awls so I had to abandon them. C.K. probably changed to make 10 pence more per awl. I was given a…

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A week or so ago I posted in a three-hand tool gift set as an introduction to woodworking for someone you know and you want to get them started. Here are four projects with three tools in a 30 minute video to watch with the kids and the grandkids that are quick and simple as something to do over…

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On tools for Christmas Presents Wood is an inexpensive commodity even though we do complain about the prices we pay. It’s cheap in this one way; from a short board of wood and with three tools like those in this blog, you can make several projects ranging from cutting boards to spatulas and walking sticks…

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Buying tools for Christmas gifts makes gift-buying quick and simple, especially through eBay and online buying. This is the reality of woodworking. The price can be matched to any budget from a few pounds and on into the hundreds. I am glad there are so many Stanley 4s and 4 1/2s on eBay I wanted…

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  • Sylvain on Prepping Wood IIIFor some applications, it is not necessary to keep the board in one piece. Then one can flatten each piece, loosing less wood. That is what I did for my workbench top. Some layers…
  • Catherine Robertson on I Rely on Two or Three Plain PlanesOK. I admit it, I'm a tool junkie/addict. Despite having virtually every plane, chisel and saw Lie-Nielsen has ever made I must agree with Pauls concept. I vary it slightly by basi…
  • Paul Sellers on Prepping Wood IIIWaste or necessary. Centuries of development and progress have resulted mostly in the development of plastic substitutes, MDF, pressed fibreboards, OSB but almost zero developments…
  • Andrew on Prepping Wood IIIRemoving wood to straighten and flatten it seems wasteful. I can't help wondering whether applying and maintaining torsion and bending moments, then steaming it, might achieve the…
  • Paul Sellers on Prepping Wood IIII think our group are always so helpful in steering us and there are many nuances to the English language and the English people that need a lot of explaining sometimes. Even the E…
  • sylvain on Prepping Wood IIIJe remercie les commentateurs ci-dessus pour leur leçon sur les subtilités de la langue anglaise. Sans doute aurais-je du écrire : "what is your opinion about..."
  • sylvain on Prepping Wood IIIPaul, thank you for your useful answer. I am using the winding sticks I made about 5 years ago, following your blogs of end May 2014. There is a video somewhere with the same windi…