Tool Care

Where to Buy Timber Framing Tools

If you’re new to timber framing, you probably don’t have the specialized tools to turn trees into a frame. Most carpenters have drill bits, but not a 2″ t-auger. Most carpenters have small bench chisels for finish carpentry, but not…

How to Sharpen an Axe

Before and After picture of restored double bit axe.

Restoring an old axe can be very rewarding. The axe in the picture to the left was discovered in the basement of an old barn in Michigan.  To restore an axe, you’ll need a few tools and a lot of…

How to Buy a Good Used Chisel

Some vintage tools I picked up at the flea market.

Chisels are great tools to buy used. Partly because it’s so difficult and expensive to buy new chisels of good quality. Most of the chisels you buy at the hardware store are junk when it comes to serious woodworking. The…