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Best Steel for woodworking tools and blades

There is no ultimate everyday tool steel but an array of different tool steels for different tasks. Steel grade standards AISA-SAE umbrellas three popular grades of tool steel O-1, A-2, and D-2.  These general-purpose tool steels can hold their cutting edge at high temperatures (400°). What makes AISA-SAE steels ideal for many applications is that …

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How To Sharpen a Knife – Blog and Video Tutorial

I am sure you have heard the phrase ‘A Blunt Knife is a Dangerous Knife’. In practice that is true in so many ways and as such I do make sure all our blades are ready for work. For now, in this article, I will concentrate on sharpening the humble pocket knife. The only thing …

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How To Use A Fence Post Rammer 2020

Fence Post Rammer When you need to erect a new garden fence or stock fencing for the farm. One tool you will most definitely find indispensable is a ‘Post Rammer’.  A cheap tool that will make the installation of a fence possible is the ‘Post Rammer or Driver’. The post rammer tool is available as: …

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How Many Woodworking Clamps do you Need?

How many clamps does a woodworker need? is a question that is dependent on your type of woodworking? If you work with sheet materials lightweight sash clamps and a few F- Clamps could be all you need. But on the other hand, if you work with solid materials and want to laminate thin pieces to …

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What ‘Tools’ do I need? to DIY install my new shutters?

If like me you have an obsession with tools you probably have everything you need to make a success of it. For many who have gone on this French adventure will more than likely be a virgin to renovations and as such will need to collect a new and exciting toolbox. There are many specialist …

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My Stanley Bailey N0 7 Plane

One tool that I regularly use in my workshop is the ‘Stanley Bailey’ No7  hand plane. This vintage tool has a very good heritage and has been favoured by many a woodworker for it’s the ability to true longboards of wood. Why use a Jointer Hand Plane? Woodworkers use a jointer plane to true the …

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