Mastering Hand Tools is a 2 disc DVD set that will introduce you to the basic hand tool skills to turn you into a woodworker equally comfortable in either the powered or hand tool world — and offer the best results from each world. Host Christopher Schwarz starts off the video by asking the question, "Why use Hand Tools?" A fair question that he quickly answers by extolling the benefits of traditional woodworking tools — blended with some of the niceties of power tools. Those benefits include a healthier work environment, fewer jigs and test cuts, and accuracy to within .001". Watch along as Chris offers advice on selecting hand tools, shares tips for set-up and puts the tools to work.
- Choosing and using marking knives and gauges and cutting gauges
- Sharpening and using Jack planes and Smoothing planes
- Selecting and using Handsaws and Rasps
- The benefits of Braces and Hand Drills
- and more about Chisels, Mallets, Scrapers and Router Planes
Christopher Schwarz is the former editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine, where he worked between 1996 and 2011. He is now a contributing editor to that magazine and also serves as a contributing editor to The Fine Tool Journal. He has produced several DVDs for Popular Woodworking and also in conjunction with Lie-Nielsen Toolworks on traditional skills.