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  • Disassembled Simons back saw on a woodworking workbench with a screwdriver and two other antique hand saws

    Understanding & Restoring Antique Hand Saws

      By Joshua Farnsworth In my above video, expert hand saw maker Tom Calisto goes into detail on refurbishing an antique Simonds back saw that I bought several years back. Tom teaches classes at Roy Underhill's The Woodwright's School, and he is a contributing writer for both Fine Woodworking Magazine and Popular Woodworking Magazine. Before he refurbished the hand saw, I asked Tom to take some time to talk about hand saw types,

  • Video player beeswax furniture polish in glass jar with hand wiping polish on walnut board

    Make a Historic Beeswax, Oil & Turpentine Furniture Polish Finish

    In this tutorial I teach how to mix melted beeswax, boiled linseed oil, and turpentine to create a lovely historic wood finish and furniture polish. This recipe was taught to me by both the furniture makers at Colonial Williamsburg and the Frontier Culture Museum. How to Make a Historic Beeswax, Oil & Turpentine Furniture Polish Finish Step 1: Melt Refined Beeswax The first step to make this beeswax furniture polish is to start melting some refined beeswax

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    How to Make a Bench Hook for Hand Saw Cross Cutting

    A bench hook is one of the most used appliances in a traditional woodworking workshop and fortunately one of the easiest to build. It's ridiculously easy to build! What is a Bench Hook used for? A bench hook is a simple wooden appliance that hooks against a workbench's edge and is used to hold pieces of wood while you cut them with a cross cut back saw. How to Build a Bench Hook   1. Dimension &

  • Don Williams’ Amazing Off-Grid Timber Frame Barn Workshop (Part 1)

      In this video & article, Don Williams shares a tour of his timber frame barn woodworking workshop in the mountains of Highland County, Virginia. And yes, he bought his 4 story timber frame barn on eBay...I'll explain in more detail below. I first met Don Williams several years ago at Highland County's  Maple Sugar Festival. Don was known to me, as I had seen some of his Popular Woodworking Magazine DVDs (see them all here) and

  • Colonial Williamsburg Hay Cabinet Shop Tour (part 1)

    In the above video I share the first part of my recent visit to the 18th century Anthony Hay Cabinet Shop at Colonial Williamsburg here in my home state of Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg, and the Anthony Hay's cabinet shop, have held a special place in my memory since my youth. Last year I met Kaare Loftheim (Shop Supervisor) at a tool meeting in Richmond, and he invited me to come film a tour of the Anthony Hay Cabinet Shop. This past

  • How to Square, Flatten, and Dimension Rough Boards with Hand Tools

    By Joshua Farnsworth In the above video, and in the below 10 steps, I teach one of the most basic and essential skills in traditional woodworking: how to square, flatten, & dimension your own rough lumber into finished boards. To build quality traditional furniture, you need to start with perfectly flat and square lumber. Some people achieve this with power jointers, planers, and table saws. While the electrical power route is more economical for a

  • Hand Cut Dovetails with Frank Klausz {Pins First}

    In my above video, Frank Klausz takes us into his new workshop and shows his amazing method for speedy "pins first" hand cut through dovetails with hand tools. This is a continuation of the tour that I shared of Frank's new woodworking workshop. Watch the video tour of Frank's workshop here Watch Frank Klausz use his Monster Molding plane here Before you email me, please first look at the bottom of this article for a list of all the tools

TOOL BUYING GUIDE

Joshua’s buyer’s guides for which hand tools to buy for traditional woodworking.

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WOODWORKING PROJECTS

Woodworking projects for beginners and more advanced woodworkers. Build your hand tool skills!

WORKSHOPS & TOURS

Watch video tours of traditional workshops and other fascinating places for woodworkers.

20 BEGINNER’S HAND TOOLS

See the most basic list of tools to buy first when  starting traditional woodworking.

10 STEPS: GET STARTED

Learn Joshua’s simplified 10 steps of how to get started in traditional woodworking.

WOOD JOINERY

Learn how to cut different joints like dovetails and mortise & tenon by hand.

DIMENSIONING WOOD

Learn how to dimension wood so it is square, true, flat, and smooth.

CHOOSING LUMBER

Learn how to choose & buy lumber that is stable, beautiful, and useful for furniture.

TOOL SHARPENING

Learn how to sharpen & tune different traditional woodworking hand tools.

TOOL REFURBISHING

Learn how to refurbish antique woodworking hand tools to usable condition.

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HAND TOOL TUTORIALS

Learn how to use hand planes, hand saws, chisels, & many other hand tools.

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