New Honing Guide from Veritas

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While many woodworkers have been worked up about the long-awaited honing guide from Lie-Nielsen, there is another new honing guide on the market this year that has been flying under the radar. The Veritas Mk. II Narrow-blade Honing Guide offers up a major change in the way the company builds its guides. Until now, all of the Veritas guides have clamped the tool to be sharpened from top and bottom. […]

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Carving a Long Walnut Bowl from ‘Scrap’

The fund walnut scrap

I recently returned home from teaching a woodworking class at Peters Valley. During the five days that I spent there, I had some time to work on a few new projects. One of them was a walnut bowl. In my work I often get inspired by an abandoned block of wood, a tossed-away furniture piece or a found piece of hardware that triggers an idea to transform the object/s or incorporate it into a new […]

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Buying Good Tools for the Wrong Reason

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There is no easy way. There I was, on my butt halfway up the hill on my seventh try, tackling what I refer to as the single-track-mountain-bike hill of death. The throbbing from the inevitable bruise on my butt beginning its rhythmic mocking chant only to be quickly magnified by the kid behind me on a K-Mart BMX bike who had to literally ride over me to avoid crashing himself. […]

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AWFS Tools to Talk About

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I’m just back from the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers show (www.awfsfair.org) in Las Vegas where there were many woodworking products worth talking about – too many in fact, to include all of them here. I’ve narrowed the list below to include just a few that elicited a “Cool!” from me, and I hope you’ll agree. Veritas Miter Plane & Shop Knife Two new products from Lee Valley/Veritas (www.leevalley.com) […]

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The Nutsaver: This Stuff Writes Itself

The strap wrench at work on a fence collet.

A couple years ago I revealed my secret shame: I use pliers to tighten the round collets on the fences and depth stops of my Veritas planes. Read that post here. I was admonished by the “lovers of round brass things” but then eventually was released on my own recognizance. Recently, a professional woodworker in Wales devised a simple leather and wood strap wrench that tightens these brassy bits without […]

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Making a Joiner’s Mallet

The proven and robust joiner's mallet

  I’ve wanted to make a new mallet for a while now and at last found a bit of time to take the project forward. I knew I’d want to make a joiner’s mallet. This style is the classic type that has been typically found in a carpenter or joiner’s toolbox for many a long year. I like this setup because I’m used to the feel and did not want to […]

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