DVD 1- Hand Tool Techniques Part 1: Plane Sharpening

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David Charlesworth began his furniture making career in 1973. For over twenty-five years, he has taught woodworking at his Devon workshop, and is widely respected in England as a writer for Furniture & Cabinetmaking magazine. His specialty is getting the most out of hand tools in precise, original and efficient ways. This first DVD explores David’s techniques for sharpening plane blades. Learn how to get a razor sharp edge in minutes, and how to camber an edge with confidence. Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Inc., 2004.  DVD. 77 minutes.

Review by: Christopher Schwarz- editor of popular woodworking USA   Sharpening Video Full With New and Useful Tricks I’ve been sharpening tools for a long time, so it’s rare for me to start taking detailed notes when I watch a video on sharpening. But David Charlesworth, a well-regarded British woodworker, teacher and author, has some incredible tricks that will make your sharpening faster and more accurate. His first video released in the United States, which was produced by Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, details the techniques he uses to turn a dull hand-plane iron to razor sharp. Perhaps most amazing is how little time Charlesworth actually spends sharpening a tool and how few stones he uses. But once I tried the techniques on his video, I became a believer. Here are some highlights: • Charlesworth’s so-called “ruler trick” lets you skip much of the laborious polishing of the plane iron’s back. This trick alone is worth the price of the video. • He shows you how to easily camber the edge of a plane iron for smoothing or jointing tasks with just a dozen or so strokes on a Japanese waterstone. • See how he uses two micro-bevels – instead of just one – to speed up the amount of time you spend sharpening. • Set up your chipbreaker and plane iron for a perfect cut without the trial-and-error process most woodworkers go through.  These tricks really work – and they’re really fast. I tried every technique from the video and spent a lot of that time wondering why I had never thought of them before. While the instruction is clear and easy to follow, some basic knowledge of sharpening will ensure that you digest the good stuff much faster. No matter how poor or perfect your current sharpening technique is, you’re sure to pick up some tips and tricks from this well – organized and information-rich video. — Christopher Schwarz

DVD 2- Hand Tool Techniques Part 2: Hand Planing

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This DVD explores David’s hand planning techniques for precise, efficient preparation of furniture-sized components.

“You will be astonished by the precision that is possible with a well tuned, sharp hand plane.”

HAND PLANING features:

• Stop shavings and straight edges
• Datum surfaces
• Bumps
• Face edge
• Wind
• Thicknessing to a gauge line
• Planing end grain and square edges
• Placing a knife line
• Bonus footage – flattening your bench top

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Inc, 2004. DVD. 93 minutes

DVD 3- Hand Tool Techniques Part 3

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Shooting boards can help a woodworker achieve accurate work quickly and reliably. This third DVD in David’s series ‘Hand Tool Techniques’ explores his approach to the use of shooting boards.

“Simple shooting board techniques ensure high precision on all small or thin work. Here are simple fixtures that are easy to make….”

• The bench hook shooting board
• Practical applications of the shooting board
• Mitre fixtures
• The ‘birdhouse fixture’
• Shooting freehand
• Shooting veneer

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Inc., 2005. DVD. 63 minutes.

DVD 4- Hand tool Techniques Part 4

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Chisels are an essential part of every woodworker’s kit. Preparing chisels for precise work differs in some important ways from preparing plane blades. In this DVD, a companion to David’s DVD on the treatment of plane blades, he explores these differences. His techniques employ waterstones and a simple triple bevel to speed the honing process and get a razor-sharp edge in minutes.
• Initial preparation of the chisel back
• Triple bevel for fast sharpening
• Perfecting squareness
• Notes on waterstones

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Inc., 2006. DVD. 64 minutes.

DVD 5- Chisel Techniques For Precision Joinery

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David unlocks the secrets of chisels, simple but sophisticated tools. Properly tuned and used, chisels are capable of very precise freehand work. Join David’s exploration of this versatile tool.

• Cutting single lap dovetails
• Horizontal paring
• Chopping waste between pins
• Mortise and tenon
• The release cut
• Tenting
• Final paring
• Note on faceted pegs
• Paring the tenon

This DVD also features a printable PDF of Robert Wearing’s transfer jig.

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Inc., 2007. DVD. 100 minutes.

DVD 6- Furniture Making Techniques: Five Topics

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This DVD explores the five important skills that will help you refine your woodworking. Woodworkers often debate the best way to get a smooth surface directly from the hand plane on difficult to plane woods. David’s techniques are easy and effective. Tips on edge-jointing, finish planing an assembled frame and panel, crisp decorative bevels to finish edges and the effective use of the shoulder plane are all well thought out and refined by years of experience.

FIVE TOPICS features:
• Techniques for coping with difficult grain: Modifying effective pitch with a back bevel, re-sharpening a back bevel, modifying effective pitch on block planes
• Setting up and using scraper planes
• Edge jointing techniques
• ‘Planing around corners’ – frame & panel. Checking and correcting wind
• Decorative bevelling
• Shoulder planes: Initial preparation of the plane, remarks on ‘Azimuth error’, setting the plane and applications for the shoulder plane

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Inc., 2008. DVD. 188 minutes.

DVD 7- The secret mitred dovetail

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The secret mitred dovetail has a reputation for being among the most difficult joints to cut successfully. In this DVD David will show you that this fascinating joint, with its many uses, is not as hard as you may think.

• The joint and its history
• Timber preparation
• Clamping blocks
• Designing the joint
• Marking out
• Rebates
• Marking the pins
• Roughing out
• Final cuts
• Sawing pin board edge mitres
• Paring edge mitres
• Transfer
• Sockets
• Assess fit and adjust
• Socket board edge mitres
• The long mitre
• Preparing for glue-up
• Sawing off clamping blocks
• Final planing
Chris Schwarz review (PDF)
Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Inc., 2014. DVD. 168 minutes.

DVD 8- Drawer Making And Fitting

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In this DVD David shows the making and fitting of a first class, English Arts & Crafts drawer. This exhibition quality drawer has an effortless, silky action for two thirds of its opening. It then tightens slightly on the carcase, preventing it from being inadvertently pulled out. The flush drawer slip, with scratch bead, gives an elegant result suitable for the storage of photographs and documents.


• Introduction
• Materials
• Design
• Preparation of components
• Shooting
• Creating drawer slips
• Marking dovetails
• Cut tails with bandsaw
• Barrel curve
• Shellac inside
• Drawer glue-up
• Fitting drawer slips
• Rout rebates for tongues
• Fit drawer bottom assembly
• Initial clean up
• Drawer slips glue-up
• Clean up
• Carcase construction
• Fitting the drawer
• Final details

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Inc., 2015. DVD. 162 minutes