Having worked with hand tools for over 50 years, Paul adopted many tips and tricks to help him in his everyday woodworking. In this blog post we’ve shared some of his favourites in the hope you find them useful too!
Pulling a Plane
Sometimes you can’t get your body in the right position to push the plane along the grain, to avoid tearout by going against the grain, simply turn the plane around and pull it towards you.
To hide a screw head, predrill a hole and cut a plug to size. Pour out some PVA glue on a scrap piece of wood, coat the plug by rotating it into the glue. Press the plug into the hole with your finger then use a hammer to drive it in. Let the glue dry then either use a sharp chisel or plane to level the plug flush with the surface and remove any glue residue.
Using a Warrington Hammer to Start off a Pin
Use the flat square edge of the warrington hammer to start of small ½” pins. Put the pin between your fingers and use the tapered end of the hammer to start off the pin with a few taps, once it’s established, move your fingers away, turn the hammer over drive it in.
Starting Off a New Saw
When you’ve just bought a new tenon saw or dovetail saw it can start to bite into the surface and be hard to start. Put the spine of the saw in the vise with the teeth pointing towards the sky, take a smooth flat file and file off the first few teeth (3 or 4). When you start it off in the wood it will be much easier and shouldn’t bite.