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- . Precision shooting simplified

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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- . Precision Preparation of chisels for accurate joinery

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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

DVD 9- The Knuckle and Rule Joints

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The Knuckle and Rule joints are two articulated joints that serve as hinges for the drop leaves found on sofa tables and Pembroke tables. The Knuckle joint is a shop made hinge with wooden barrels turning on a metal pin. These allow the supports to extend and fold away in an elegant manner. Rule joints employ special hinges made with one leaf longer than the other, with the countersunk holes on the face opposite the barrel. David offers his original methods for tackling the intricacies and careful fitting of these fascinating joints.

David Charlesworth has taught woodworking since 1973 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 and original ways.

The Knuckle and Rule Joints Chapters:

• Introduction
• Knuckle Joint Chapters
• Preparation
• Drilling the Holes
• Marking Out
• Marking Out & Sawing Knuckles
• Filling the Gaps
• Removing the Waste
• Planing the Apexes
• Knocking Out the Fillers
• Cutting V Grooves
• Using Gouge on End Curves
• Fit Together
• Rule Joint Chapters
• Marking Out
• Moulding Planes
• Removing the Waste
• Fettling the Hinge
• Marking Centre of Hinge
• Marking Recess for Hinge
• Cutting Recess for Hinge
• Fitting the Screws
• Joints Working Together

113 minutes, DVD. Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Productions, 2017.

DVD 10- The Mortise and Tenon Joint

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Mortise and tenon joints appear deceptively simple, but are actually quite demanding to do well. The amateur is unlikely to saw as well as the apprentice trained professional of the past. The hand cutting of mortises is shown in detail as well as a quick look at a hollow chisel mortising machine. David explores techniques for producing accurate tenon cheeks. These are needed for good glue joints. This precise work is achieved with the aid of the No. 71 router plane. The video covers small draw bore mortise & tenon joints, and wedged through tenons, which are often a feature of Arts & Crafts work. Mitred through tenons and table leg mortises are also shown.

• Introduction
• Sharpening Mortise Chisels
• A Handy Guide for Sharpening
• Grinding Mortise Chisels
• The Drawing
• Marking Gauges
• Marking the Mortise
• Hammers and Bob Wearing’s Mortise Cutting Technique
• Mortise Depth and Cutting the Mortise
• Testing the Mortise & Making a Tenon Test Stick
• Marking the Tenon
• Sawing the Shoulders
• The Router Plane & How to Sharpen it
• Trimming the Tenons to Thickness
• Cutting the Tenon to Width & Trimming the Shoulders
• Using the Pyramid Blocks in the Clamping Process & Avoiding Glue Squeeze Out
•  A Quick Look
• A Variation on Mortise & Tenon Joint
• Making the Pegs
• Planning the Holes in the Mortise Piece
• Inserting the Pegs
• Making the Surfaces Flush
• Planning the Joint
• Hollow Chisel Mortiser
• Mitred Tenons
• The Wedges
• Glue Up
• A Chinese Variation on Design
• Conclusion

176 minutes, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Productions, 2018.

DVD 11- The Through Dovetail

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Dovetails are a fascinating form of joinery with numerous variations. In this video, David Charlesworth focuses on various methods and techniques to create the traditional through dovetail.

David shares how to best prepare and mark the wood to set you up for better fitting joints. See how a few simple jigs and fixtures can help you throughout the dovetailing process. You will also learn the critical areas to check and how to correct common errors as they arise. David explores the subject in depth, offering a level of insight even seasoned dovetailers will appreciate.

• Introduction
• Timber Preparation
• Shooting Ends
• Designing the Joint
• Marking the Joint
• Dovetail Saws
•. Removing the Waste: Jewellers Saw
•. Chopping the Shoulder Lines
• Cleaning the Shoulders
• Rigorous Checking
• Correcting Errors
• Transfer
• Bevel Theory
• Gauging Pin Board
• Bandsaw for Dovetails
• Hand Sawing Pins
• The Jewellers (Fret) Saw
• Paring Pin Sides
• Chopping Shoulder Line
•. Cleaning the Corners
• Checking
• Using Light to Check Fit: A Cunning Plan
• Glue Up
• A Neat Repair
• Planing the Exterior
• Edge Planing
•. Final Words

191 minutes. Lie-Nielsen Toolworks Productions, 2019.