Tag Archives: handtools

An ode to Awl

There have been many times where I could have used a good scratch awl. They’re great for: Making pilot holes for nails, brads and screws to prevent splitting (see Hand Tools: Their Ways and Workings by Aldren Watson. This text … Continue reading

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Disston saw rehabbing-Part 2-Sharpening, testing and adding to tool kit

Disston Backsaw Rehab-2-Sharpening I’ll be honest. The thought of sharpening all those little teeth, with their attendant geometries has always intimidated me. But so did tuning my first Stanley Bailey Type 11 smoother. And what I’ve learned from tuning my … Continue reading

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Disston Backsaw Rehab-1 Cleaning, repairing and rehabbing

Disston Backsaw Rehab-1 Cleaning, repairing and rehabbing I was in Salt Lake City recently on business. After dinner I slipped into my pajamas to watch tv and do one of my favorite on-the-road activities—look for tools on Ebay. Now that … Continue reading

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My hand tool journey

Two years ago, my girlfriend and I visited her movie-star looking friend, Dagne, in Arizona. After a hike with her husband, the four of us did some antiquing at a rural shop. It was there I found a Stanley #4 … Continue reading

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