The Biblical Wood Shop

Ask our friendly staff about the full range of carpentry equipment, catering from the tradesman through to the DIY/hobbyist. Yet there is still a possibility for better to be had and we want it. Woodworking Tools should work straight out of the box, it is not your fault if that tool doesn’t cut, it is theirs and they should, all of them, be made to do better. That is, if wood is harvested in the wet Northeast, but is going to be shipped to the arid Southwest, it will be dried more than wood kept in the Northeast for use by woodworkers. Try Square -this tool is used to check for squareness (90 degrees) and also to mark lines square across pieces of wood when marking out. In the sixty years of woodworking I have found two tools of increasing necessity.

The downside to hand-saws is you will need a different saw for each type of material you need to cut, so if you’re trying to cut wood and sheet metal, that’s an additional cost. That said, the ultimate smoothness on wood is usually achieved using a finely tuned hand plane with a very sharp blade or a hand scraper or a power thickness planer with a new blade. All saws have handles which can be made from plastic, wood or metal and they all have blades which are metal and serrated for cutting different materials. Wasting time flattening planes soles, wasting money buying tools that were not necessary.

Not only do we offer you this information for free, but we can also offer you our fantastic instructional DVD — a 30 minute expert guide to woodworking tools that will tell you the features to look out for, explain terminology and recommend the best brands for each piece of kit. When it comes to saws for cutting wood, there are two basic types: rip saws and crosscut saws. Our objective is to get the best tools in your hands and to show you how to use them properly.

It is a very interesting find, which shows that a craftsman’s tools underwent only inconsiderable changes from the Viking Age until the beginning of the present century (Fig. A thin, sharp iron was employed for cutting two sets of parallel lines crossing each other, and then a corner – the same in every instance – was removed from all the rhombs with a small, sharp hardy. The next question is, what would the best native wood to use for the handles?Done well, the adze finish is one of my favourites.

The exhibitions are full of features that appeal to the visitors’ five senses utilizing videos, an audio guide system, a place to smell the wood’s aroma, and hands-on displays that people can actually touch, all to provide as many people as possible a place to encounter these tools for the first time. Faffing about, finding cutting gauges for this and marking for that is a waste of time.

Even though I know much of what is in the first lessons, I have picked up a few new tricks, and am learning to use my tools more efficiently. Sheet metal screws are often much shorter than wood screws since sheet metal typically isn’t very thick. Subsequent investigation by Sweden’s archaeologists revealed that it was a tool chest from the Viking Age and, though a millenium old, these tools would not have been out of place in any modern smith’s forge or carpenter’s workshop. Routing is properly applied to relatively weak and brittle materials, typically wood. I work with a lot of rough sawn boards (Wood Mizer) that are up to 12 inches wide.

The three stands we recommend taking a close look at are the Rockwell JawHorse , HTC PM2650 Tool Stand and new DeWalt Heavy Duty Workstand Rockwell’s JawHorse is an exceptional portable clamp, and can support certain bench-top tools as well. The low angle is important as it gives you more choices when you later understand about cutting angles, this picture shows how low the angle is set in the body usually 13 degrees or less.

Saws can have different sized blades which can be really skinny like a copping saw for cutting curves or very fat like a tenon saw for making straight cuts. They can be used freehand for rough cutting but for important cuts that need to be straight, it’s best to run it against a straight edge. The most notable of these is perhaps the Bayeux Tapestry, which shows ship builders at their work, utilizing a range of tools that are identical to the ones found in Viking Age Scandinavia, particularly the tool assemblage from Mästermyr.

Now my tools are a mix of western and Japanese and I am currently working with a Japanese blacksmith to develop a lighter western style chisel but with the very hard sharp cutting edge that some Japanese chisel makers can provide. We are addicted to the power tools in our shop, but we know that life can go on without them. You pay for this service, of course, but in the short run it’s less expensive than buying tools you’d need to do the work yourself. There are bits for cutting joints, making edge profiles, following patterns, and incising designs.


The best background for an analysis of the tools and techniques of the Viking Age wood-carvers is provided by a study of the Oseberg Find, and of the few secure finds of wood-carver’s tools which have come to light in the North. This site provides you with what you need to build relatively easy projects, as well as projects that are more difficult and require more tools and experience. You can even get a corner chisel that cuts a notch out of the wood with the blow of a hammer, much like a hole punch.

Once you experience a truly sharp chisel, you will understand the difference, not only by what you’re able to achieve, but the ease with which you can do it. Above is a heavy patterned chisel called atsu-nomi (thick chisel) that’s used for cutting joints in large timbers. Cross Pein Hammer – this hammer is used to knock panel pins and small nails into wood.

TradeMachines has an extensive collection of machinery auctions in woodworking machines catalog which are updated every day with hundreds machines and tools from major international auction houses like BVA , Ritchie Bros , Dechow , CW Wood Machinery and many more. The planes and chisels are somewhat useless without the tools to properly make them shop ready and sharpen them.

Their quality is excellent, and while I enjoy antique tools like the 1912 three phase electric Camel Back Drill Press I purchased for my son’s shop, the Shopsmith does every thing I have ever needed. Match the size of your plane to the task in hand – choose a larger plane when smoothing larger pieces of wood as this will help to remove all the high spots of the timber first.

The Carpentry & DIY Equipmnt is available for hire right across Australia, and with over 200 branches, you can be sure we will deliver the best Carpentry & DIY Equipmnt for hire in your area. The handle is usually made of metal as well and covered with rubber for comfort or grip but it can also be made from wood. You can even purchase your next wood machine at 2:00 am if you want to, you cannot do that by going to the store at 2 am.

This joint is of particular interest since it is capable of being tightened almost indefinitely in response to wood movement, yet may be easily disassembled. If I have to take off a lot of wood to flatten or flush up joints I first use a belt sander with 80 grit going more or less with the grain. The hacksaw is shown here because this same shape is used in some types of wood saw today, and it gives an idea of the range of saw types available.

Even rotary tools can be used as routers when the right bits and accessories (such as a plastic router base) are attached. This is especially true in thick wood where it’s common for the blade to deflect and wander below the surface leaving the cut with angled faces. Without this, the varying reaction of the wood against the torque of the tool makes it impossible to control with the precision normally required.

Occasionally take out the rod and smear a little on a piece of wood or stone to test its consistency. If you can buy a bunch of tools at one time, you can save a ton on shipping, as the more you buy, the lower the rates. The earliest Viking Age find containing a rich trove of carved wood items, the Oseberg Ship Burial, did not suddently appear out of nothing as a full-blown art – instead, it is the result of a long tradition over time.

For a small business or a hobbyist, used wood working equipment saves considerable out of pocket expense and may save having to secure financing as you would have to for new wood machinery. Designed to cut accurately into or across floorboards, a floorboard saw is invaluable when working with solid wood floors. With the right tools and materials, what you build is only limited by your imagination and creativity. Find a local branch that stocks specialist Carpentry & DIY Equipmnt for hire below. This is an alternative for edge operations, such as panel raising and slot cutting.

A 100-year-old chisel looks much the same as a new one, and some woodworkers insist that the older tool has higher quality, In fact, some old tools can be more expensive than new ones. Boring tools, such as augers and braces, allowed carpenters to produce perfectly aligned holes in wood – these simple tools were so functional that nearly every carpenter prior to the 1980’s had at least one in his toolbox. Because the body of the blade is narrow, they can be used for cutting curves and shapes.

Power tools can ease some of the burden of woodwork but make no mistake, they still require finesse and a little practice to get the most out of them. A draw knife is used for smoothing wood in a manner similar to using a modern wood plane, but the amount of wood being removed can be altered by varying the angle of the blade as it is drawn up the wood. The spurs to either side act to slice the wood grain before pulling it out, keeping the hole much smoother and cleaner.