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My minimalist tools – another hammer

Warrington hammer Hammers are important tools in the furniture makers arsenal but we don’t really need large ones and less so claw hammers. I have owned this hammer since a boy. I bought a 16oz Stanley claw hammer at the same time. That was in the days when there was only one maker and all…

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My minimalist tool list – a good chisel hammer

This is my hammer for chisel work I know that it doesn’t look much, but I have used a Thor 12-712N Nylon Hammer for at least two years and really like the way that they handle my chisels. There are other weights and sizes, but my favourite is 1 1/2″ – 38mm model. When I…

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More on minimalist tool stuff

A bevy of #151s in my arsenal of spokeshaves. In the minimalist tool kit is a spokeshave we refer to commonly as a #151 after the product numbering system used by the Stanley Rule and Level Company. This flat-bottomed spokeshave was another tool rejected by craftsmen for many years because it ‘stock’ to the surface…

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Minimalist tools – dovetail saws

So you need a dovetail saw. I think that many people think that a dovetail saw is for cutting dovetails and though that is true, it is not so much a dedicated saw but simply a small saw we use mostly for cutting smaller joints and that includes dovetails. A well-sharpened well-set dovetail saw is…

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My minimalist tool list – the combination gauge

To read more about the combination gauge on our Common Woodworking site, click here. The combination gauge Two gauges common to woodworking are the marking gauge and the mortise gauge and both are essential primarily to joinery. Mortise gauges tend to be more expensive because of the addition of the adjustable extra pin point and…

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My minimalist tool list – the woodworker’s tape measure

Tapes as a rule for woodworkers It is hard to get romantic about retractable measuring tapes, after all, they are about as utilitarian as it gets. Tape measures have replaced rigid folding rules because of their convenience, and tapes are more accurate today than they ever were, so even low-grade tapes are generally quite accurate.…

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My minimalist tool list – the woodworkers knife

The woodworker’s knife Knives for woodworkers are often called striking knives or layout knives because we strike and lay out the cut lines of shoulders, cut around hinges and other hardware and trim and fit veneers and thin or small sections of wood to size. There are indeed many different knives to choose from, ranging…

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My minimalist tool list – the square

Which tools do you really need? Some of you have asked about the tools you should buy to get going. I will try cover them over the next few days. I am not really a minimalist when it comes to hand tools and because there is no one size fits all tool I can expand…

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  • Keith W on George Leaves…Paul Reading many of your blog posts has made me think back to my youth. The blacksmith in the village that I grew up in offered me an apprenticeship. I declined and followed an ac…
  • Joshua Hohnerlein on George Leaves…There is nothing I love more than reading your blog. When I’ve had a rough day, I know that once I’m home and able to turn on your YouTube channel, listen to your words of wisdom a…
  • Herbert “Matt”Mathews on My GoalsPaul Thank you again for the post and support of number 4 plane. I use an old Stanley 4C as a scrub plane, an idea from you. A Millers Falls early 9 (“4”) or a Craftsman 4ccb (Mill…
  • Ken D on My GoalsI bought a Veritas low angle jack before I bought any Baileys. Sold on the "best general purpose plane pitch". I never really got on with it. Sometimes I could get a fair result ot…
  • Michael Michalofsky on My GoalsHusbands come and go Very funny
  • Paul Reuvers on George Leaves…Great story Paul. Always nice to read personal stories and experience a part of your past. I think you are a great mentor yourself. Thanks for being a mentor to us.
  • Robert Estes on Finishing Your WoodIn the olden days, (late fifties} my woodshop teacher had his system down pat. A coat of stain if wanted, An application of grain filler or two, a brushed on coat of sanding sealer…
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