June 28, 2017

Handsaw comparison – Japanese pull-cut versus Western push-cut

Filed under: Japan, Technology — Tags: , — Nicholas @ 03:00

On Facebook, Paul Sellers posted a couple of photos showing the differences between some traditional western hand saws, which cut on the push stroke, and traditional Japanese hand saws, which cut on the pull stroke:

When you hear people say Japanese saws cut better, cut cleaner, cut faster, cut easier, usually it’s not necessarily true. In reality the Japanese saws cut on a pull stroke and the western saw on a push. When sharpened properly both cut very well. The difference for me is that one is a throwaway, the other a keeper for a lifetime. I own saws made in England and the USA that are totally functional and range in age from between the early 1800s 1860s and some up to date that I use daily. You can make any saw any thickness you like and it will work well.
Just saying.

The main difference nowadays is you throw away the Japanese saws because you can’t sharpen them whereas a decent western saw can be sharpened, well, for 200 years when you learn how. Most people can master saw sharpening with an hour of practice.

June 27, 2017

What Can You Do With a Jigsaw? A Lot! | WOODWORKING BASICS

Filed under: Technology — Tags: , — Nicholas @ 02:00

Published on 21 Oct 2016

A lot of people think that they need a lot of big, expensive stationary tools for woodworking. If you don’t have a lot of space or money, a jigsaw is an amazing tool that can make almost all the cuts you need. Full article► http://bit.ly/JigsawBasics

June 25, 2017

Sometimes, the workman is right to blame his tools

Filed under: Germany, Technology — Tags: , , , — Nicholas @ 03:00

Paul Sellers recently bought and tested a new Two Cherries brand “Gent’s saw” and was very unhappy with the tool:

This week I picked up a brand new gent’s saw straight from the pack made by the famous German tool makers Two Cherries. I noticed the unusual tooth shape, which strangely resembled the edge of a tin can when we used to open it with a multipurpose survival knife. I wondered how it would work and whether it was just a miscut. I examined several others and realised it was actually intentional as they were indeed manufactured that way. I offered the saw to the wood and the very middle cut with the dovetailed angle and the broken off section was the results of ten strokes.

“The long saw cut on the left is how the saw cuts by a man who has used such saws every day, six days a week for 53 years. The two to the right are how it cuts after sharpening and redefining the teeth.”

Could this truly be the end product of the once highly acclaimed Two Cherries of German tool manufacturing? I looked at the packet and, well, there it was; Made in Germany. So here is my perspective on the saw. Nice beechwood handle–nicely shaped (but it is unfinished), nice brass back, good quality steel plate, not too soft, not too hard. Two Cherries, the materials leave you no excuse for making such a poor grade product. YOU should be very ASHAMED of your product and yourselves. It is the very worst saw of any and all saws ever, ever, ever manufactured. I have never seen anything worse.


If you bought this saw and you thought the outcome was a result of your inexperience. It’s not. Blame the tool maker. It’s his pure arrogance to think he can pass something off to you like this and call it a dovetail saw. Shame on you Two Cherries, shame on you!

June 22, 2017

How to Make Snap-to-Line Templates | Paul Sellers

Filed under: Technology — Tags: — Nicholas @ 02:00

Published on 12 Jun 2017

Paul shows his prefered method for making plastic templates for drawing, layout and shaping. Using the correct materials, it is easy to cut to exact shapes and sizes with crisp traceable edges. They can be easily shaped using various tools. Paul gives some ideas of possible uses in the day-to-day of woodworking.

Paul uses styrene plastic for his templates. See here for more information: https://paulsellers.com/2017/03/making-templates/

June 16, 2017

What You Need to Know About Glue | WOODWORKING BASICS

Filed under: Technology — Tags: — Nicholas @ 02:00

Published on 22 Apr 2016

Gluing is an essential part of woodworking. Here are the basics to get you started. Please read the full article for more info ►► http://bit.ly/Gluing

Near the end of the video, he mentions the glue I’ve been using pretty much exclusively since I got started in woodworking: Weldbond. It works as well as he says, and as a result, I don’t have much experience using other glues for woodworking projects.

June 12, 2017

How to Make a Dovetail Template | Paul Sellers

Filed under: Technology — Tags: , — Nicholas @ 02:00

Published on 2 Jun 2017

Paul introduces the dovetail template that he has been making and using for over 50 years. It helps you to efficiently mark out the dovetail angle. Making it requires a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail, in order for it to be used as a reference.

May 31, 2017

The Wood Whisperer 269 – Pet Steps

Filed under: Technology — Tags: , , — Nicholas @ 02:00

Published on 16 Sep 2016

For FREE plans and additional details, head to http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/videos/pet-steps/

Welcome to the Honda Ridgeline Saturday Project series produced in partnership with Honda. Each project is designed to be approachable using basic tools and materials. And to show you how versatile the all-new 2017 Honda Ridgeline can be, we’ll build each project right in the bed of the truck!

Sometimes our pets need a little help getting to high places like the family bed or the inside of a vehicle. This easy-to-build set of Pet Steps can also serve as a ramp and even stores flat when not in use. Made with simple materials and basic tools, anyone can knock this project out in a weekend. The inspiration for this design came from various sources on the web and was brought to life by my buddy Scott Seganti.

May 28, 2017

How to make a Half-lap Dovetail | Paul Sellers

Filed under: Technology — Tags: , — Nicholas @ 02:00

Published on 18 May 2017

The half-lap dovetail is possibly the most common of all the dovetails used today. It is used for the front corners of drawers, and anywhere where you want to use a dovetail which is not visible from a certain viewpoint. Paul has developed a method which includes a small rebate, that helps in aligning the components to achieve the crisp definition of quality half lapped dovetails.

For more information on these topics, see https://paulsellers.com or https://woodworkingmasterclasses.com

May 24, 2017

Vintage Style Storage Boxes w/ Splines

Filed under: Technology — Tags: — Nicholas @ 02:00

Published on 7 Dec 2015

I wanted to make really nice storage boxes to organize my art supplies so I went with cedar and maple splines.

May 17, 2017

The Only 3 Sandpapers You Really Need | SANDING BASICS

Filed under: Technology — Tags: , — Nicholas @ 02:00

Published on 20 May 2016

Sanding can be time-consuming, tedious and one of the dustiest, messiest, most boring tasks in woodworking. But it’s also something that you’ll have to do in just about every single project. I hope to minimize the monotony in this Sanding Basics video. Please read the full article: http://bit.ly/WWMMsanding

May 11, 2017

Pocket holes vs. mortise and tenon joints

Filed under: Technology — Tags: — Nicholas @ 02:00

Published on 24 Feb 2015

Before commenting about glue, please see the followup: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMi6W2cvw7g

More about these tests here:

May 10, 2017

What Kind of Wood Should You Build With? | WOODWORKING BASICS

Filed under: Technology — Tags: — Nicholas @ 02:00

Published on 22 Jul 2016

Confused by all the wood choices for woodworking? Here is all the basic info you need to get started buying lumber. Woodworking for Mere Mortals BASICS series. Read the full article here ►► http://bit.ly/WoodBasics

May 3, 2017

Understanding and Choosing Antique Router Planes

Filed under: Technology — Tags: , — Nicholas @ 02:00

Published on 10 Mar 2017

Bill Anderson teaches all about antique router planes and how to choose the best planes. See best brands on my blog post: http://woodandshop.com/understanding-choosing-antique-router-planes

April 30, 2017

French Cleat Wall System and Lots of Boxes

Filed under: Technology — Tags: — Nicholas @ 02:00

Published on 14 Aug 2015

Subscribe for weekly projects! French cleats are a really great organization system and in this video I show how I added them to my shop to organize tools, nails, screws and my shop vac. I got to use my box joint jig as well to make 43 boxes.

Blog Post about French Cleats

Table Saw Cross Cut Sled

Variable Box Joint Jig

April 26, 2017

French cleat follow-up

Filed under: Humour, Technology — Tags: , — Nicholas @ 02:00

Published on 2 Mar 2013

Answering a few questions from yesterday’s video on my main channel:
[French cleat storage system for hand tools]

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