Hand Tools & Techniques Podcast

HTT027 – Experimental Archaeology

On today’s show, I discuss finishing both sides of a board, book matching veneer, cooper’s jointer planes, workbench designs, pins vs. tails, hand tool jigs, boring straight with a brace and bit, and experimenting with historical practices in your shop.

Hand Tools & Techniques Podcast

HTT010 – Using Hide Glue

On today’s show, I discuss outdoor finishes, auger bit lead screws, re-sawing by hand, more on hand tool storage, and using hide glue.

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Sharpening Gimlet Bits

Some old texts would have you believe that gimlet bits cannot be sharpened. However, this is not the case.

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Sharpening Auger Bits

Auger bits had several advantages over center bits and shell bits, so it comes as no surprise that auger bits came to replace the older style bits. Here’s how to sharpen the most common bit found in today’s hand tool kits.

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Sharpening Center Bits

A properly sharpened center bit should bore a clean hole with no chipping around the edge. Here’s how to get there when your bits don’t.