Category Archives for Hand Tools

The Handyman’s Basic Toolkit

A basic toolkit is described below, and the tools listed are sufficient to tackle most of the jobs within the scope of the handyman. Any special tools required are mentioned in relevant sections dealing with their use. Purchase tools of … Continue reading

05. July 2011 by admin
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Hand Tools for Measuring and Marking

Squares, bevels and templates Try try-square is a vital tool, for marking out and checking right angles. Without one it is impossible to true up any edge. The traditional try-square has a wooden or plastic stock and metal blade. A … Continue reading

24. June 2011 by admin
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Drilling Holes: Using a Brace and Bit

A swing brace bores holes fast and accurately, and can be used with bits which drill bigger holes than you can get with a power drill. The vital measurement on a brace is its `sweep’ — the radius of the … Continue reading

24. June 2011 by admin
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Tips for Using Screwdrivers: Take Care When Driving

Screwdrivers are among the commonest tools — and among the most commonly abused. Always take care to use a screwdriver whose tip fits exactly into the slot in the screw head. Too wide a blade damages the wood as you … Continue reading

24. June 2011 by admin
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How to Use Abrasive Paper or Sandpaper

Abrasive papers are made with a variety of coatings, such as granules of glass, garnet, emery, silicone-carbide and flint. ‘Sandpaper’ as such does not exist, this being the misleading name given to glass-paper. Glass-paper and garnet-paper are used for smoothing … Continue reading

23. June 2011 by admin
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How to Use a Cabinet Scraper

Cabinet scrapers — for use on hardwood Cabinet scrapers give a satin-smooth finish to hardwood and hardwood veneers. Use them to clean up after planing and before polishing, to smooth rough areas of wild grain or remove discoloured patches. Scrapers … Continue reading

23. June 2011 by admin
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Wood Shaping Tools

Drawing knife — for fast shaping The drawing knife is one of the simplest of the shaping tools — basically it is just a blade between two handles — and now perhaps the least-used. It is for removing large amounts … Continue reading

23. June 2011 by admin
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Types of Spokeshaves and How to Use Them

Spokeshaves are for cutting and smoothing curves. They give a fine finish which needs no further cleaning up. Metal spokeshaves are of two patterns: with flat under-surfaces for convex, gentle concave and flat cutting; or with convex surfaces for cutting … Continue reading

23. June 2011 by admin
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Sharpening / Honing a Chisel Blade

Oilstones and slipstones The first essential for sharpening is an oilstone. Oilstones are made in three grades of grit: coarse, medium and fine. Combination stones have sides of two different grades, usually medium and fine. Sizes are 152 x 50 … Continue reading

23. June 2011 by admin
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Chiselling Techniques

Cutting a housing Cut housings (slots across the grain) with the wood securely cramped down so that it will not move as you work, and you have two hands free to use the chisel. Guide the blade with one hand … Continue reading

23. June 2011 by admin
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