This family business is the world’s largest producer of natural Arkansas oilstones.
By Larry Williams & Don McConnell
As planemakers at Old Street Tool, we do a lot of sharpening and have developed a sharpening process that is easy to maintain, efficient and effective (see “Traditional Honing Technique,” page 50). And, because we occasionally teach and do trade shows, we are often asked about our sharpening process, especially regarding the use of Arkansas oilstones.
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In Our Store: “Making Traditional Side Escapement Planes,” a DVD by Larry Williams.
To Buy: “Traditional Molding Techniques: The Basics,” a DVD by Don McConnell. Read more
The cabinet scraper is an effective weapon in the war against tear-out. By Don McConnell Pages: 32-34 From the June 2004 issue #141 Buy this issue now The cabinet scraper (also known as a card scraper) holds a remarkable place among the traditional woodworking tools that are used to deal with especially dense timbers and … Read more
Three pieces of wood make crosscutting and planing easier – no matter where you work. By Don McConnell Pages: 98-100 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now It’s difficult to imagine the wooden bench hook without its almost constant companion, the backsaw. Indeed, this association is so strong that an alternative name … Read more
Even if you own a powered jointer, you can get a superior fit with a long hand plane. By Don McConnell Pages: 92-94 From the February 2004 issue #139 Buy this issue now I imagine a good percentage of you are wondering why in the world you should learn to joint a board’s edge with … Read more
Is your square really square? Is your straightedge straight? Tools that have been trued make woodworking easier. By Don McConnell Pages: 32-36 From the November 2004 issue #144 Buy this issue now A couple of years ago, while demonstrating edge jointing using hand planes, the shot edge appeared to be slightly convex when I checked … Read more