Tools & Techniques

Hide Glue - Part #3: Liquid Hide Glue - Look Ma, No Cooking!

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Hide Glue - Part #3: Liquid Hide Glue - Look Ma, No Cooking!

For woodworkers that don't want to cook up their own glue, but do want the convenience and remarkable attributes of real hide glue for their projects, your prayers have been answered!

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Hide Glue - Part #2: Working with Hide Glue Granules

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Hide Glue - Part #2: Working with Hide Glue Granules

Working with traditional animal glue is an extremely simple operation. Don't overthink the process and you will be fine!

For daily use in my workshop, I rely on a cheap thermostatically controlled baby bottle warmer from Clicks and a glass jar which fits inside allowing a small space around the jar for the water.

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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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