Buying a File
Guide updated on 18th April 2019 to recommend Bahco. Guide updated on 14th October 2019 to remove the recommendation for a four-in-hand farrier’s rasp as this is not hardened. Guide updated on 11th November to recommend a bastard cut too. A 12″ (305mm) file is usually the longest length used in woodworking and metalworking, Paul…
Setting Up and Sharpening a Saw
This applies to all saws except the coping saw which does not need sharpening as it comes with replacement blades, to see how to insert the blades, click here. Note: Some saws will need setting before sharpening and some will need sharpening before setting. This all depends on the quality of the teeth to begin…
Furniture Wax Paul likes to avoid waxes with Toluene in as this can be harmful. Furniture wax can be applied as an frictionless polish on top of shellac. 🇬🇧 Paul uses this one from National Trust UK which costs £6.00* with £4.95 delivery. 🇺🇸 If you are ordering from the US, we are currently testing some…
Buying a Card Scraper
Paul recommends a Veritas scraper as the steel takes a good edge, hardness is just right and not too brittle and they flex well. They come in a set of 4 rectangular scrapers (listed as Veritas Super-Hard Milled Scrapers) which contains scrapers of different thicknesses and sizes so will suit a wider range of options…
Buying a Chisel Hammer
Called a chisel hammer by Paul Sellers, when being sold they can be listed as a ‘nylon hammer’, ‘assembly hammer’ or even a ‘soft-faced hammer’. Paul Sellers prefers a nylon faced hammer, (31-712R Thorex Nylon Hammer) his preferred size is is a 1 ½” (38mm). The head of the hammer is made from steel which has…
Buying a Gouge
Paul recommends the Ashley Iles No7 37mm straight gouge to use in spoon and bowl carving. He also uses and recommends Pfeil and Hirsch in similar size and sweep, however these brands are not always in stock. We found the Stubai 40mm No7 to be in stock from Tiranti which is just as good as…
I am having a hard time finding Spear & Jackson saws in the US. The distributors I’ve contacted have a lot of Spear & Jackson garden supplies, but they don’t seem to carry the saws. Can you help?
Thanks for getting in touch.
We are looking to add tools available in the US in the future, however we want to order the tools ourselves to test out quality first.
This is something we are looking forward to adding to the site.
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5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent value for one purchasing from the USA
25 February 2017
I am in the USA and purchased this saw from Amazon UK because the price was a fraction of what it would be in the USA. Shipping was inexpensive and prompt…
Hope this helps,
For cutting dovetails does Paul recommend a gents saw or a dovetail saw for a beginner?
Thank you for your questions, I passed it on to Paul and his answer is below:
Personally, I reach for a gents saw for all my dovetailing because I feel it is the most efficient cut with the inline handle directly behind the spine.
I was wondering what combination of saws Paul recommends for starting out. Was thinking a 2 panel saws(one for rip, one for crosscut), a carcass saw, a dove tail saw, and a gents saw. Is this a good combination?