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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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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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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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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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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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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  • nemo on Thanksgiving!Some of the most generous acts in my life have been by Americans that I've never met in person. I particularly recall in my student days, in the days before the world-wide web, tha…
  • todd trebuna on Thanksgiving!The media would have you believe that the most important connection is the connection between people and screens. When in fact, it's about people in real relationship with each oth…
  • James Monette on Thanksgiving!I'm from the Northeast, Vermont, and I guess we are a little contrary up here. there is an old book about Vermont titled, " Contrary Country ". Not bad reading. I think Paul has gi…
  • James Monette on Thanksgiving!I'm from the Northeast, Vermont, and I guess we are a little contrary up here. there is an old book about Vermont titled, " Contrary Country ". Not bad reading. I think Paul has gi…
  • James Monette on Thanksgiving!I'm from the Northeast, Vermont, and I guess we are a little contrary up here. there is an old book about Vermont titled, " Contrary Country ". Not bad reading. I think Paul has gi…
  • nemo on Orderliness Without Excuses!Thanks for the reply, I wasn't aware of that knife. I must say that I'm pretty happy with the Stanley now that it's working. Feels solid and sturdy enough. Funny thing though, I no…
  • Lisa B. on Thanksgiving!Your words made my day, gave me some heart at a time when real freedom -- freedom of speech -- is now in serious danger in my country. Thanks Paul