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Rees & Rees, CHRISTOPHER GABRIEL AND THE TOOL TRADE IN 18th CENTURY LONDON
Ref: CHT9121


A detailed examination of Gabriel's journal from 1770 until 1809 which gives a unique insight into the family tool business in London and into Gabriel's connection with the London trade. Stock inventories for a number of years are reproduced. Also included are photographs of a selection of marked Gabriel planes and braces. 


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Rees & Rees, CHRISTOPHER GABRIEL AND THE TOOL TRADE IN 18th CENTURY LONDON

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THE TOOL CHEST OF BENJAMIN SEATON - 2ND EDITION
Ref: TATHS001


The Seaton Chest, now in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester Kent, is the finest and, most complete surviving example of an 18th century cabinet-makers kit in Britain, if not the world.

The tools, which are generally in little or unused condition, were brought in 1796 by Joseph Seaton, cabinet –maker of Chatham, Kent for his 21-year-old son, Benjamin. They were supplied by Christopher Gabriel and Sons, a leading tool dealer and plane-maker of Banner Street, London. Benjamin made a fine tool chest for his new tools and recorded their cost in an inventory which survives today.

In the 1st edition of this publication, written by a group of Tools and Trades History Society members, the chest and its tools, many of which will be unfamiliar to today’s craftsman, are described and set in context.

This 2nd edition, written by both TATHS members and the staff of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia, includes a considerable amount of new information about the tools and the chest and also a description of the making of a replica chest for Colonial Williamsburg. 


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THE TOOL CHEST OF BENJAMIN SEATON - 2ND EDITION

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John M. Whelan, MAKING TRADITIONAL WOODEN PLANES.
Ref: AP697


Here, John Whelan unlocks the fascinating secrets of a nearly lost art: wooden planemaking. This book provides step-by-step instructions that will enable any woodworker to make a plane. A photograph of the plane made by the author is featured at the beginning of every chapter that details the construction of a particular plane. Each chapter, covering 20 different types of planes and spoke shaves, is fully illustrated with line drawings. In addition, there are chapters on the history and alternative methods of planemaking, making plane irons, as well as the tuning and using of wooden planes.
128 pages, Paperback, B&W, 8.5" x 11", © 1996 


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John M. Whelan, MAKING TRADITIONAL WOODEN PLANES.

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Ron Hock, THE PERFECT EDGE
Ref: TOO-001


Nearly every operation in woodworking uses a piece of steel between the woodworker and the wood. This steel needs to be cared for and sharpened for the best results. "The Perfect Edge" is an up-to-date book on sharpening every woodworking tool, using the latest sharpening stones, tools and techniques. The author brings more than twenty-five years of experience, working with demanding customers and staying on top of the latest trends.

Ron Hock is the owner of Hock Tools, a 25-year old cottage industry that makes acknowledged superior blades for planes and other woodworking tools. Since making his first planes, he has spent 25 years learning about tool steel metallurgy, cutting edge geometry, hand woodworking tools and sharpening. His interest and expertise regarding sharp edges comes from a blade-maker's perspective; he has given countless lectures about steel, tools, and heat treatment.

Now in paperback. 


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Ron Hock, THE PERFECT EDGE

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