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How to Replace a Tang Chisel Handle

There’s something especially satisfying about making or modifying your own tools, but it’s even more fun to do so while helping one of your kids build her tool collection. This 1 1/4″-wide Buck Bros. chisel was given to my oldest … Continue reading

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Beautiful Waste

I’ve been making a lot of shavings lately, and when working with hand tools, I find that sometimes the waste products are just as pretty as the finished products.   A chaotic pile of pecan shavings becomes a collage of curly … Continue reading

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Making a Thumb-Ring Page Holder

If you’re a reader and a woodworker, you’ve probably seen pictures of them on social media.  You don’t know what they’re called, but your book-loving friends probably want you to make them some.  I’ve heard them called by several names: … Continue reading

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Making a Joiner’s Mallet

My current joiner’s mallet is over six years old and is starting to show a little wear.  I’ve had some pecan wood drying in my attic for a year now, and I decided it was time to bring it down … Continue reading

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Spoon Carving Process Pictures

The other day, a friend of mine came over to take some pictures of me at work on a wooden spoon.  (The pictures are for an article forthcoming in Woodworker’s Journal, but more on that another time.)  Here are a … Continue reading

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Modifying a Gouge Handle

Most carving gouges I’ve used have had reasonably comfortable handles–all but one. Can you pick out the really uncomfortable handles in the above picture?  No, it’s not the blue Irwins.  Even compared to the “Everlast” chisel handle (second from the … Continue reading

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