- Pass on this one, fellas... Review by Jupiter
I'm sure Ron Herman's a great guy, so I hate to say this, but there's little in this 6 hours that matches the product description. There isn't even ONE MINUTE of tool restoration, just Ron talking (and talking, and talking) about various tool types, using a wire wheel to take off rust (!), and sharpening blades on a Tormek. Absolute rank beginners _might_ need Ron's advice for selecting planes or chisels or mitre boxes, but that's sure not restoration, and frankly, some of what he said (like some of his comments on chisels) seemed "a bit off." I don't expect any woodworker, no matter how experienced, to tell me I don't need a mortise chisel, for instance. It was irritating how he kept referring to his "other videos" on restoring planes or saws... what the heck was THIS one supposed to be? The video really seems like a slap-dash production, with lots of places needing some very strong editing, especially at the end where Ron just loses it and becomes a zombie, probably from talking non-stop for six hours, and has to be coached on what to say by the off-camera crew! It sure would have been nice if the Popular Woodworking folks had produced for us a DVD on TRUE restoration, with topics like gentle rust removal, japanning repair, saw blade straightening, tuning up old wooden planes, and tool handle making (Roy Underhill and Bill Anderson, where are you?). Six hours would be plenty of time for that.
(Posted on 5/8/2014)