By Joshua Farnsworth

My wife loves to say, “hun, I think you love restoring hand tools almost as much as woodworking!” I think she’s right. There’s something magical about taking an antique (and very well built) woodworking hand tool and bringing it back to working order. Removing the rust, tuning up the parts, and sharpening the blade gives a feeling of satisfaction; especially when seeing the finished result. I get a feeling of a connection with the past, with my ancestors, with a time when things were made and done with a sense of pride and quality.


You’ll soon realize that buying, refurbishing, and collecting heirloom hand tools can become addictive. I’ll add more and more video tutorials to this page as I refurbish more and more types of traditional woodworking hand tools. So keep checking back!


3.1 Sharpening hand plane irons (blades) and chisels

VIDEO: Deneb Puchalski shares a fantastic tutorial on how Lie-Nielsen company recommends that you sharpen plane irons:

3.2 Sharpening a handsaw:

VIDEO: Englishman Paul Sellers shares an in-depth tutorial on handsaw type and sharpening techniques:

3.3 Sharpening a Chisel or Plane iron:

VIDEO: Here’s a great (albeit lengthy) video on free hand sharpening of various tools:

VIDEO: Two great videos from Highland Woodworking and Lie-Nielsen on grinding and honing chisels:

3.4 Sharpening a Card Scraper:

VIDEO: I filmed my friend Elia Bizzarri teaching the simplest method on how to sharpen a card scraper:

3.5 Refurbishing hand planes:

VIDEO: This is a really long video about hand plane restoration, but it’s very detailed. I’ll finish my much-shorter video soon:

3.6 Refurbishing chisels:

VIDEO: This video shows how to refurbish old flea-market chisels to beautiful working condition:

3.7 Refurbishing handsaws:

VIDEO: Honestly, this isn’t a great tutorial video, but I couldn’t find many others. I’ll replace it with my own video shortly:

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