Tools & Techniques

Hide Glue - Part #1: The How, Why & What!

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Hide Glue - Part #1: The How, Why & What!
Why would you choose to use a glue that has stood the test of time over some 8000 years? I am convinced that hide glue still remains completely relevant today for marqueters, cabinetmakers and luthiers alike...

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Crown Cryogenically Treated Woodturning Tools

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Crown Cryogenically Treated Woodturning Tools

Although my test is by no means scientific, I have turned all eight legs with this chisel without re-honing or sharpening and it is still cutting crisply! 

I am extremely happy with the results and I will shortly invest in a Crown Cryogenically Treated Spindle Gouge and Roughing Gouge as well.

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Hand Tools #6: Japanese Woodworking Tools - Part 4: Chisels

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Hand Tools #6: Japanese Woodworking Tools - Part 4: Chisels

It's hot here in Swellendam, really hot...39º! My maple trees are happy and in full foliage, their exquisite colours defy description and in my limited spare time I am creating three grandfather clocks for clients. This article will be the last part of my Japanese Woodworking tools blog series. I hope and trust that the series has been informative and has helped to introduce you to the wonderful world of Japanese craftsmanship. Japanese Woodworking Tools - Part 4 - Chisels As I have said many times, the real working part of any chisel or blade is the meeting of two...

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Hand Tools #6 - Japanese Woodworking Tools - Part 3: Saws & Sawing

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Hand Tools #6 - Japanese Woodworking Tools - Part 3: Saws & Sawing

The Japanese Pull Style Saw or Nokogiri, has in the past twenty to thirty years become an accepted and extremely popular hand tool in Western Woodworking.

Generally, novices find it much easier to learn to cut cleanly, straight and quickly with Japanese saws than Western Saws.

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Hand Tools #6 - Japanese Woodworking Tools - Part 2: Hand Planes

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Hand Tools #6 - Japanese Woodworking Tools - Part 2: Hand Planes
With regard to Hand Planes, you will definitely get excellent value for your money with Japanese models. The simplicity of the planes is unique and therefore a good basic Japanese Plane will set you back less than half the price of a good basic Western version. 

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