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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This is my hammer for chisel workI 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 bought…

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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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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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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 so we find a unique gauge we call the combination gauge.  It makes good…

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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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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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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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  • Notty Bumbo on Making My WayPaul, Slightly off-topic, but I tried to find your Essential book via Highland Woodworking and they don't even list it. Any other US sources? Would appreciate it if you can help me…
  • Daniel Benoit on Hannah, Sketches, Life, WorkThat table is gorgeous and it does show me that what I want to do is possible .... I dont want to use power tool to do my woodwork... The work with the plane is so relaxing when yo…
  • Mike Baker on Making My WayI would love to see a series on your Youtube channel for building a tool chest to house the basic tools for hand woodworking. I live in a trailer, and there is little room. I have…
  • Kenneth L. Speed on Making My WayI'm looking forward to seeing the construction videos of your toolboxes. I have a close relative of them that I built sometime in the 1970s. It is constructed of plywood and has fo…
  • Brian the golfer on Making My WayLiving in Ireland we have just gone back into lockdown for the second time. The first time was when I started watching Paul’s videos and have since developed a passion for wood wor…
  • jeff on Vlog #18 Went Up Today!Paul, thanks. Enjoying what's around us many cannot do nor understand. However, when their power fails, they are in a panic, turning to those who are comfortable with touching, see…
  • James Maeding on Making My WayFunny, someday everything will be CNC, and we will all look up youtubes on how to run power tools. Then it will be mind control, and we will look up how to run CNC's with all that…