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
Antiques & Tools
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
There was a time back in the day when all new apprentices were assigned to make their own toolboxes and tool chests primarily to give them experience on working on their own projects.But why were they so important?Well firstly what most people don't realise is that those wooden boxes were not just for straight forward storage. They created … [Read more...] about The Hidden Benefits Of An Old Carpenters Tool Chest
Doing a good job has to be the first priority regardless of how poorly you priced a job to win it. Your good reputation demands this like every good craftsman. Life does throw dud jobs at us all from time to time (you should see some of the tools we get in) but it's all part of the game and as time goes by and your good reputation builds those 'dog … [Read more...] about Doing A Good Job And Pricing It Properly.
With over 35 years of business experience I've become adverse to the quick buck because of the lack of satisfaction it brings, sure I have been there when money was easier but it never came without handing over a part of myself and going against what I hold dear. It's only purpose seemed to be to get ahead but I found this was somewhat self … [Read more...] about Celebration Of Skills And Appreciating Small Businesses
New counterfeit branded tools undermines integrity & credibility of all modern tools and the qualities they possess. Can modern tools actually be trusted to be what they claim to be?As part of my job I have to keep an eye out for many forms of tools but was shocked to see modern Stanley tools being sold for a fraction of the price usually … [Read more...] about New Counterfeit Branded Tools Undermines Their integrity
It's a trait adopted by many tradesmen over the years primarily learning from our mistakes and reducing the risk of it happening again. In fact a mark of a good tradesman is often apparent when misfortune strikes (usually when distracted) and getting over the issue. Talking of distraction I was never a fan of mobile phones out on site and made a … [Read more...] about Measure Twice & Cut Once – Tradesman Tips
Haggling has its place but one should consider where and where it should apply, doing so in the wrong places can be deemed seriously offensive. Haggling should be confined to car boot sales, holidays but often is applied with antiques, 'What's your best price' is the term often used. However when it becomes offensive is when real human effort has … [Read more...] about A time for Haggling is one when it deserves merit