HTT012 – Making Your Own Hand Tools

On today’s show, I discuss jointer and planer size, fixing problem with old saw handles, methods for cutting down an old saw, restoring wooden bench planes, and making your own tools.

From the Shop

  • One of the hand saws that I’ve been working on has been finished and is ready for delivery to the customer.
  • We made a bit more progress on our new cabin.

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The Mailbox

  • Joe wants to know what size machines would be most useful for stock prep in a hand tool shop.
  • Shaun has some questions about restoring an old hand saw.
  • Scott is looking for clarification on methods for cutting down old saws.
  • Bill is restoring some old wooden bench planes and wants to know about mouth opeinings.

Main Topic

Today’s main topic is making your own woodworking hand tools.

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  1. Another of your great shows Bob. There are a couple of other low cost options for the jointer issue. A router sled can be used to surface wide boards then run thru the planer. It is loud and slow but would be less expensive than a wide jointer. Also a sled could be made for an electric hand held planer and that used to flatten one face and the other flattened in the planer.
    I have a 16″ jointer and 20″ planer but I have some boards that are too wide for the jointer so the router sled would be an option.
    I also saw where two tracks were routed down just inside the edges of a wide board and then 2 runners were hot melt glued into the tracks, the board then was run thru the planer achieving a flat face then the runners were removed and that face was flattened. Looked like it would work very well.

    • Thanks! All certainly viable options. Way too much effort involved for me though. If I had to go through that much trouble to get a face flat, I’d just revert to hand planing it. Which is probably why I still have not gone down the road of getting a power planer, jointer, or combination machine yet 🙂 .

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