As vintage tool restorers with many thousands of hours developing ways to revitalise these old tools, it's fair to say we have learnt a few things in that time. Much of what we have learnt is to undertake many tasks effectively with production at the forefront of everything we do, so that the work undertaken can be done viably. As you can … [Read more...] about Essential Skills for Woodworking Tool Maintenance
Antiques & Tools
Regardless of where a tool is made there is a great deal of energy and raw materials needed when manufacturing them and given 90% are designed to use a limited amount of times, one has to question whether this has a far worse affect on the environment than buying cheap fast fashion. The production of any form of steel uses a significant amount of … [Read more...] about Buying Old Tools – The Environmental benefits
All to often we see video's online showing how to lap planes flat and one of the main points that always stand out is their reluctance to show how to tackle the larger planes. The obvious answer to this is simply that this is no easy task and requires far more effort and work to undertake correctly. Secondly there is usually no engineers surface … [Read more...] about Lapping woodworking planes – easy right?
When should Antique tools be restored? In my experience this all depends on condition and what the intention of refurbishment is for. If you have an old tool there are two factors that need to be considered, firstly you need to identify the rarity and historical importance. Some antique tools are simply beyond the realms of use due to their … [Read more...] about Antique Tool Refurbishment
I witnessed an electrician the other week struggling to drill a hole in a joist with his modern bit and cordless power drill which seemed to take him ages. I asked him what the problem was and he complained his bit was blunt and he had to get another from Screwfix. Obviously i just said can't you sharpen it but by his reaction it's clearly not … [Read more...] about The Common Woodworking Brace and Bits
Many hobby woodworkers shy away from using hand tools and opt for powered tools for ease but I think it's worth stepping back in time a little to explore whether this genuinely beneficial. A hobby should be pleasurable and walking around with a mask due to the danger of wood dust seems to defeat the object of woodworking for pleasure. Using your … [Read more...] about Woodworking Hobby, benefits of using Old Hand Tools
Over recent years I have sharpened hundreds of saws by every manufacturer imaginable ranging from their early and later models so I suspect this really does give me an insight most woodworkers will not have gained even if they do have sharpening skills. Those who possess this skill should be commended to the dedication to their craft, they know … [Read more...] about Vintage Saws – An insight into their qualities by sharpening
Starting the new year brings fresh new ideas, goals and planning ahead will make those goals more likely. On a completely different subject from tools but worthy of consideration for those who enjoy a hobby or work from home whilst using tools, is there is a need for creating an environment that enhances that experience? Getting the right set up … [Read more...] about Creating The Perfect Workshop For Using Your Tools.
I will always remember my father giving me an Eastwing hammer for my 18th birthday, he wasn’t flush with cash and it was probably from his stock but it’s one present I used throughout my career. Ironically this is my most valuable tool not in monetary terms but nostalgically and it reminded me of that point in time. This same hammer sits … [Read more...] about Vintage Tool Christmas Gifts For Woodworkers
The old Stanley tools we find nowadays are in far worse condition than when my father used to find them, i'm not talking about more rust here but rather the way they have been treated by their users. Back in the day when my father first formed Tooltique the tools seemed to be processed far quicker than they are today. The Stanley tools seemed to … [Read more...] about Vintage Stanley Tools