Two Tested Tools to Start Out and Finish With

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Spear & Jackson Handsaw I did as I said and tried out theSpear & Jackson handsaws, one dedicated as a ripcut saw and the other a dedicated crosscut and I like them both. I have done the same with their 12″ tenon saws too in the past and they came out great with just a …

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Open House For a Few Days

In our moving from North Wales to central England we no longer have the same opportunity to host visitors as we did at Penrhyn Castle; mostly because of the increased demand on our time. The quality of our work is ever improving because, as with our making fine furniture and woodworking, we put a great deal of effort …

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Heavy rust—Being left unused for decades

It’s hard for me to imagine but I remember when the saws I’m discussing a little here below came into being in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the UK. It was a new era that somehow seemed by some a necessary step to counter the status quo of the pre-war culture of quality and it …

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eBay Buying—Credit Where Credit’s Due.

So, yes, we all hear how bad or unpredictable eBay can be. I have had occasional regrets but I have bought hundreds of hand tools over the years. Anyway I wanted to show how responsive Rita was responsive to my eBay message ofter my simple request to package my purchase of a Stanley #10 this …

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Got files? Ready! Get set! GO!

OK. It’s Saturday morning and your saws just came in from the Amazon jungle and so too a Bahco 6″ slim taper file. Here in the UK go here to get them at a fair price, in the USA go Bahco and for the rest of the world go directly to  Bahco’s world locator site here. You need two …

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Comparing Saws for Getting Started

Put two saws side by side with the same size teeth and the same pattern of shaping on the teeth and the two will often perform radically differently. Of course there’s lots of online teaching on saw sharpening to create even more confusion too, so the end results are not always favourable. Even makers can …

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Crosscut Saw Sharpening Direct Via YouTube

I wanted you to be able to go directly to my YouTube video without subscribing to our woodworkingmasterclasses online broadcast because I think it is important. I hope that you enjoy this. It’s the method I use the most on my saws with teeth larger than 10 PPI if indeed I want a crosscut version …

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Sharpening Your First Crosscut Saw Video

In addition to the recent blog posts describing exactly what you need to sharpen your first crosscut handsaw you can now learn alongside me as you follow my latest video for sharpening crosscuts on woodworkingmasterclasses.com. You will need to sign in as a subscriber but it free. The link is below. This is a first from …

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Cam Clamps by Hand and More

Cam Clamp Making by Hand PartII Thank you for all your encouraging emails and comments surrounding this series. It is very gratifying to know you are enjoying this and everyone involved in making it happen gets to see your responses. The 2nd part to my making cam clamps by hand, three-part series is available as of …

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Sharpening Your First Crosscut Saw-PartII

Let Sharpening Commence Firstly, let’s assume the saw is just dull but already established as a crosscut saw.  My previous blog here shows you what to look for to differentiate between the two in both western and Asian saws. Of course we should assume that the saw is sharpenable and not one of the hard-point …

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