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  • #743613
    sebastiaan
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    Hi Everyone,

    I came across this pdf of the book how to make woodwork tools on another forum and thought some of you might be interested. I believe the copyright has expired. https://www.reddit.com/r/handtools/comments/eugflk/how_to_make_woodwork_tools_by_charles_hayward_pdf/

    It has some nice things, like a wooden side rabbet plane and a wooden scraper plane.

    Cheers,

    Sebastiaan

    #743650
    cembalo8
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    Thank you for posting this link — there are some interesting tools in here, and with the skills and techniques that Paul imparts, these look imminently doable. After I finish Paul’s router plane, I may have to make the wooden side rabbet plane.

    #743661
    Larry Geib
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    I was thinking the same thing. I’ve never actually needed a side rabbet plane, but getting one to work might be neat.

    Some of the other projects look like ones I did 60 years ago in shop class. Anyone else remember shop class? ( manual training)

    #743965
    sanford
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    Thanks for this Sebastiaan. For those who do not know him, Charles Hayward was well known years ago. He Edited a journal called “Woodworker.” I have not seen it but a rather pricy compilation of it has been put out by Chris Schwarz and is available on Lee Valley. I bet it is worth looking at. But I know him through his very nice book Woodwork Joints. It is long out of print, but I picked up a very used copy on Amazon a while back. It is nice to see another book by him.

    #743985
    Orestis
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    Hello Sebastian,
    i have had a copy of this book for some years now, but only last year i started actually making some of the tools shown. It is very interesting indeed. Here are a couple of photos from the ones i made:

    #743994
    Colin Scowen
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    His book on Cabinet Making (along with numerous other interesting woodworking books) is available on Scribd. They have a 30 days free trial sort of thing, but it’s a nice resource for a cold January 🙂

    Colin, Czech Rep.

    #744047
    Sven-Olof Jansson
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    Mr. Charles H Hayward died in 1998. All else equal, that would imply his publications to be copyrighted until 2068.

    Sven-Olof Jansson
    London, UK; Boston, MA

    #744050
    Larry Geib
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    Many of Hayward’ ‘s books and writings have either been released from copyright , aged out in the USA, or licensed by current copy right owners. Lost Art Press, for example, got permission to publish works ifrom the Woodworker in the USA from British copyright owners. ( no idea who they are, but probably not the Hayward family. )
    uSA copyrights for works created before 1978 expire 95 years after first publication or 120 years after creation, whichever comes first. Currently, no work published before 1927 is protected under US copyright law and enters the public domain. You can reprint all the Mark Twain or Longfellow you want. There are, for example, no perpetual Crown copyrights and any work published with public funds cannot be copyrighted. Those works belong to the people.

    LAP has four volumes of how-to articles from the Woodworker, another volume of his more literary articles which are quite good and a pocket shop book.
    Another publisher, Reader Books, is publishing paperback reprints of other Hayward books, including ones on cabinetmaking and carving at modest prices.

    Hayward was a talented and prolific writer. Anything he wrote is worth reading.

    #744164
    Edmund
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    That’s a great resource, thanks, Sebastian.

    #744774
    sebastiaan
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    Very glad you all liked it too and thanks for sharing the extra information on Hayward (and copyright)!



    @Orestis
    , nice to see you made some of the tools. They look very good. How do your scraper and block planes do? I thought about those ones myself. So far haven’t worked with either type of plane at all. Or with cabinet scrapers for that matter, but just this week tried to make a scraper from an old saw blade (0.8mm). Not an instant success at scraping and creating curls (just tiny ones and mostly dust), but very good at removing old finish, much better than sanding. Should maybe try with some bought blades first. What did you use for a scraper blade in the plane you made Orestis?

    I also liked the small router plane in the book, but just made another inspired by Paul’s one (though it ended up quite different, because I followed an old one I’d seen on ebay that I thought was very pretty too). I attach some photos of the one I made (I realised after finishing that the iron doesn’t retract very far in, so I made the thin protective filler for the round whole, so the iron doesn’t get hit and blunted when putting it away in the toolbox).

    Cheers to all,

    Sebastiaan

    #744811
    Orestis
    Participant

    For the cabinet scraper i used the Veritas Scraper blade, for the router plane i took the 10mm blade from an old destroyed wooden router plane and for the block plane i used just regular O1 steel. They all work very well but if i had to redo the block plane i would perhaps position the holes for the wedge pin a little lower, more towards the center of the body of the plane, to reduce the risk of splitting the sides when you tighten the wedge.
    Interesting design of your router!

    Cheers
    Orestis

    #744884
    sebastiaan
    Participant

    Thanks for that Orestis!

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