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You’ve mastered sharpening your plane blades and chisels; now it’s time to work on getting those curved tools razor sharp. One way to ensure an even edge is to use a jig like the Oar Sharpener.

Designed by Ross Oar and machined in the U.S. by West Falls Woodcarvings (Ross and Barbara Oar’s company), the aluminum sharpening jig clamps over the tool to keep its edge at the correct sharpening angle. Besides gouges and V-tools, the Oar Sharpener will also work with bench chisels up to 1-1/2″ wide.

The Oar Sharpener comes with complete instructions. Pricing starts around $29 before shipping.

Oar Sharpener [Stadtlander WoodCarving]
Oar Sharpener [Tools for Working Wood]
Oar Sharpener [WoodCraft]
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Do you ever get the inclination to look really silly in your shop? Wearing a pair of Shoe Bibs will satisfy that urge and then some. Just make sure that nobody sneaks a picture while you’re wearing them or you’ll be the laughing stock of the Internet.

Seriously though, you wear the shoe bibs around your ankles to prevent sawdust and other debris from falling into your shoes and socks. Personally, I don’t really notice any  sawdust or swarf getting into my socks or shoes — somehow it finds a way into my shirt or jeans pocket, but fortunately these won’t help. The bibs stay in place thanks to hook-and-loop fasteners, otherwise known as Velcro.

Available only in Desert Camo (Really? What are you trying to hide from in your shop?), fashionistas can pick up a pair at WoodCraft for $20 before shipping.

Shoe Bibs [WoodCraft]

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Growing up in Paul Bunyan country, I remember seeing antique two-man saws on display in many businesses around town. I used to picture lumberjacks a century ago, knee-deep in snow, hacking away at a 4-foot diameter tree trunk with one of these saws — no gas, no electricity, just pure muscle.

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The temperatures are dropping and you’ve started getting out the winter clothes, but did you ever think about your poor router feeling the chill? JessEm has your router covered with their Rout-R-Jacket… oh wait, it’s not that kind of jacket? Let’s try this again.

Unless you have a fully enclosed router table, collecting all the dust you produce can be hard. About a year ago we covered the Dust Bucket, a sheet metal box that encloses your router to catch the dust. JessEm’s Rout-R-Jacket is a similar type of enclosure, except it’s made out of fabric.

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There are tons of different shelf support systems on the market, but not every system works well in every situation. FastCap’s Speed Brace has features that may make it a better choice when it comes to certain tasks.

The first and most notable feature is an alignment notch that FastCap claims makes aligning many supports easy. Just install a straight cleat level on the wall and the Speed Brace’s 1-1/2″ by 1-1/2″ notch slips over the cleat, making aligning each brace almost foolproof. I wonder if using a cleat to align other types of shelf brackets wouldn’t work equally as well, but then what do I know?

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There comes a time when you realize that using your regular chisels on large timbers is a fruitless endeavor. While a 1″ blade might cut a notch in 4×8 timber in a few hours, you might as well try to cut down a redwood with a dovetail saw — although you probably wouldn’t get very far before the park rangers detained you anyway.

Slicks, on the other hand, are made for the task of framing with large wood. One of the largest types of chisel, the slick’s wide blade with the long flat back makes quicker work of large notches. Not meant to be struck, the slick’s long handle gives you the leverage to shear curls of wood with just the motion of your body and arms.

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In this digital age, it seems surprising that companies would still produce measuring devices with dials. Digital is better at everything, isn’t it? Maybe not. Batteries die, displays bounce between two or more readings, readings can be slow to update, and forget about using your digital display outside in International Falls on a winter morning.

You don’t have to be a Luddite to appreciate the simplicity of a needle pointing at a scale. Sure, it takes a little more effort to count the number of ticks past the last number, and a little discipline not to try to interpolate between the ticks to get a more precise reading than the instrument is capable of, but it works now and will continue to work as long as the instrument is well cared for.

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Rather than setting calipers to a different diameter for each cut, Galbert calipers allow you to read the diameter in real time while you’re turning. The spring-loaded mechanism pushes against the work piece and moves an indicator on a large, easy-to-read scale.

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We’ve covered cheap mortising attachments here before, but this Orion mortising attachment at Woodcraft looks like it’s a much higher grade tool.

The Orion supposedly fits most drill presses with 2-5/8″, 2″, 1-7/8″, 1-1/2″ (think DP350) diameter quills. It features a micro adjustable fence which can hold work pieces up to 4-1/2″ thick. The mortising attachment also comes with hold down rods, a setup block, and 1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″, and 1/2″ chisels.

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One of the keys to effective scraping is to keep your scraper sharp, but according to Ele Grisgsby, teaching people how to properly sharpen their scraper is futile. So he invented the Ol Bastard scraper and jig.

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