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Battling The Burr

Battling The Burr

I have been wanting to make a video on plane blade sharpening for some time now.   I know the 20 minute video format we chose just doesn’t leave room for the whole story.  The last time I taught a workshop on sharpening was a two-week sharpening basics class at Penland School of Craft and …

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Innovative Card Scraper Techniques

Innovative Card Scraper Techniques

Before making this latest video on scraper techniques, I looked at quite a few YouTube scraper sharpening videos.   I watched so many makers talk about their method for getting a good edge with interest.  All of them are going after the same thing but speak about it differently.  Those differences are important to hear and watch. Each will …

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Introduction to Planing Wood

Introduction to Planing Wood

James Krenov called hand planes “the violins of the woodworker’s orchestra”.   I never got what he meant by that exactly other than to express his own reverence for this group of hand tools. I have never played a violin, but I have learned, over four decades of using hand planes, that the nuances of the …

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My Favorite Table Saw Blade

I received this question in episode 3 of the Ask Brian Boggs Show: What’s your favorite tool … Like what’s your favorite table saw blade, and why? This is a tricky one because I bought my first table saw two years ago. I really haven’t gotten that far into exploring blades. I used to think …

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Why I Use Diamond Stones For Sharpening Almost Exclusively In My Woodworking Shop

I received this question in episode 3 of the Ask Brian Boggs Show: I’m thinking of purchasing a set of sharpening stones. Do you recommend diamond stones, or water stones? This is an age old question that will never stop being asked, and it’s probably good that it isn’t because as our tool metallurgy evolves, …

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Hand Plane Short List

I received this question in episode 3 of the Ask Brian Boggs Show: What is your favorite bench plane, the Lee Valley, Lie-Neilsen? Well, actually, my favorite bench plane is a one from Konrad Sauer, the Konrad Sauer plane. It’s a little smoothing plane, which is a dream to use. If you can afford to …

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My Favorite Band Saw Blades

I received this question in episode 3 of the Ask Brian Boggs Show: What’s your favorite band saw blade? We have three band saws in the shop, and when I started out I had a 14-inch … Actually, I started out with a 14-inch nickel machinery from Harbor Freight, which has probably found it’s place …

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Best Steels for Plane Blades

I received this question in episode 3 of the Ask Brian Boggs Show: A-2 steel and PMV-11 are relatively new steels on the market. Do you have a preference for alloys, or would you rather stick with the traditional O-1 steels? I’ve done a lot of experimenting with steels, particularly when I was first started …

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