Traditional Woodworking Handtools by Graham Blackburn

Written by Stephen

On July 3, 2021


Traditional Woodworking Handtools by Graham Blackburn

Traditional Woodworking Handtools

by Graham Blackburn

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Traditional Woodworking Handtools describes all the major handtools that were used by cabinetmakers, furnituremakers, carpenters and numerous other woodworking trades in the centuries before the introduction of powertools and machinery. These are the tools that built the masterpieces we now know as Chippendale, Sheraton, Hepplewhite, Federal, and many other styles.

This brand new book by well-known woodworking author and illustrator Graham Blackburn, covers every aspect of choosing, rehabilitating, and getting the most out of traditional handtools for woodworking. In this age of machines, handtools remain the best way, and are often the only way, of creating beautiful details, perfect fit, and final finish. Handtools liberate the furnituremaker, builder, and general woodworker from the limited artistic vocabulary of machinery. With handtools, there are no technical limits.

Traditional Woodworking Handtools explains how to set up and use each tool, and puts the tool in the context of the complete woodworking process. Blackburn includes interesting historical information as well as telling anecdotes drawn from his forty-year career at the bench. Readers will come away with not only the knowledge they need to improve their own woodworking, but also a deeper appreciation of their craft and its role in the construction of civilization.

This copiously illustrated new book is thus both a guide for collectors and antique-tool enthusiasts as well as an essential manual for all woodworkers who would increase their vocabulary of woodworking techniques.

Chapters Include:

  1. The Classic Workbench
  2. Clamps, Cramps, & Pin Vises
  3. Miter Trimming
  4. Measuring & Marking Tools
  5. The Square
  6. Bevels
  7. Gauges
  8. Handsaws
  9. Sawfitting & Sawing
  10. Framed Saws
  11. Backed Saws
  12. A Plane from the Past
  13. Bench Planes
  14. Successful Plane Racing
  15. Scrub, Jack, & Jointer
  16. The Smooth Plane
  17. The Jack Plane
  18. Block, Miter, Bullnose, & Chariot
  19. The Rabbet Plane
  20. The Dado Plane
  21. The Plough
  22. Sash Fillisters
  23. Match Planes
  24. Badgers
  25. Panel Raisers
  26. Moulding Planes
  27. Hollows & Rounds
  28. Beading Planes
  29. Adzes, Axes, & Hatchets
  30. The Scraper
  31. Old Chisels
  32. The Mortise Chisel
  33. Carving Tools
  34. Spokeshaves, Shaves, & Drawknives
  35. Pre-electric Routers
  36. Chamfering Devices
  37. Boring Tools
  38. Bits & Pieces
  39. Threading Tools
  40. Striking Tools
  41. Bench-top Accessories
  42. Select Bibliography
  43. Tool Associations
  44. Tool Dealers
  45. Tool Auctions

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