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The best saws we’ve ever used…Bad Axe Saws – Smooth & Easy We had a great time last weekend at The Hand Tool Event at Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking. Lots of presentations, demos, tools & sausage sizzle, a complete weekend! One of our customers asked about the Bad Axe saws, we offered for him to try a carcass saw on a piece of hardwood. He made two straight cuts, turned around and said “I’ll have one thanks!”. This has happened before, the ease of cutting, the straightness of the cut, the balance of the tool, make a great impression on the woodworker.Check out the comments from other woodworkers and teachers below…”Bad Axe saws are the absolute standard of quality and function today–and damn, are they sharp!” Tom FidgenThe Unplugged Woodshop“My Bad Axe saw makes cutting a straight line as easy as it is to draw one.” Nancy HillerNR Hiller Design, Inc.“My 16-inch Bad Axe tenon saw walks through this ash like it’s not even there.” Jason ThigpenTexas Heritage Woodworks“The flawless hybrid filing and sized handle make it one of my favorite tools!” Anne Briggs-BohnettAnne of All Trades“Kid Rock had the album ‘American Badass.’ Mark Harrell will make a saw for you that’s a true American Bad Axe.” Derek OlsonThe Old Wolf Workshop“Brilliant!! I have struggled to find suitable saws for the girls at our school, and know what a difference the right tools make.” Susan ChillcottLuthier & woodworking instructor“Mark is the first sawmaker who has gotten me to put my rip dozuki on the shelf and leave it there.”Rob PorcaroRP Woodwork“This is a saw I can use all day. It works with me, not against me. Smooth!” Chris BecksvoortProfessional Wooworker & Contributing Editor“Bad Axe Tool Works makes a saw that both appears and functions like a saw that Henry Disston would have put his own name on.” Erik von SneidernThe Disstonian Institute“If Bad Axe saws were motorcycles, we think they would be Harley-Davidsons. The craftsmanship on these saws is incredible.” Christopher SchwarzPublisher, Lost Art Press
Made in Australia Australia Day 2020 One of the driving factors that inspired us to attempt to manufacture woodwork tools was simply to make them wholly and solely in Australia. Most high quality woodwork tools are made in the US & Canada. Whilst the US may enjoy cheaper labour rates than Australian workers I do not believe they have anything over us when it comes to pure ability to cast, machine & design woodwork tools. I would put our guys up against anyone who specialises in woodwork hand tool manufacture. The largest tool in our current range is the Low Angle Jack Plane. We only import the PMA11V tool steel (because it is only made in Germany & the US), the Howard adjuster sealed bearing and the small brass screw that holds done the toe of the rear tote. The tool steel blade is machined, hardened & ground here in Adelaide, Australia. Every other of the 12 items that constitute the rest of this plane is made right here in Oz.In a week or so we will be releasing a new range of timber handles. We are keeping the Figured Red Gum of course but Huon Pine is returning along with Black Red Gum which is carbon dated to be 10,000 years old. The white bronze cap iron will now be in manganese bronze. More soon. Low Angle Jack Plane One of our earlier tools, the Marking Gauge System is made entirely in Adelaide Australia. The Red Gum comes from a tree in the arid north of South Australia. The brass insert and Figured Red Gum body are laser cut as pairs to make a perfect fit. It truely is a system. By changing the blade to a pencil attachment, or adding a length of stainless rod, or fitting trammel points or mortise blades you have either a Marking/Cutting Gauge, Panel Gauge, Trammel Gauge, Pencil Gauge or a Beam Compass.We have just redesigned our Trammel Points to make them longer so they sit higher and are more helpful when squaring up a drawer, panel etc. and scribing arcs. Marking Gauge System The Rabbet Block Plane is a beautiful tool that is extremely flexible in use. Cast, machined, ground and polished right here in Adelaide Australia. Only the PMA11V blade tool steel is imported.It has superior performance in general block plane work, in precise rebate work due to the bronze cast double mounted fence as well as raised panel work with the optional 22.5 degree fence attachment. The plane comes with a 45 degree fence attachment which turns the tool into a perfect chamfer plane. It is based on the original dimensions of the Sargent No 507. Rabbet Block Plane The new Low Angle Block Plane is a great performer. Made entirely here in Adelaide Australia. There may be some individual block planes with a thicker blade but I do not know of one, certainly none that are manufactured in quantity. The blade has no flex, it keeps perfectly on course due to the flat machined sole and the exclusive heft of the plane. It just keeps on planing.It is now available with exclusive shims that move the blade forward to close up the mouth when you are tackling tearout timber. Low Angle Block Plane We have been manufacturing our Honing Guide for a long time. Cast, machine, polished in Adelaide the only imported component is the UK made sintered bronze bush that we use inside the machined roller bearing.Hundreds of woodworkers use this honing guide which led to many requests for an accessory that allowed shorter blades to be honed. Our new locally machined Extension Accessory allows spokeshave blades, Japanese butt chisels, rebate plane blades (like our blade for the Rabbet Block Plane), shoulder plane blades to be securely held and honed. Honing Guide System
Made in Adelaide. Superior Tool Steel Technology for Australian Hardwoods PMA11V Plane Blades Powdered Metallurgy Tool Steel is a new era of tool steel from steel mills in Germany & USA. The steel ‘mix’ contains high vanadium carbides. It comes from a process of melting the constituent metals that make up the steel and then mixing them together. Next, they are atomised to make a powder consisting of minutely small particles.The particles are screened to ensure uniformity and then under pressure they are heated to form the tool steel billet.This method produces a tool steel that is extremely uniform with a very fine grained structure.What does this mean to the woodworker?Put simply, this tool steel has higher impact resistance than O1 & A2 tool steel. More importantly it has amazing resistance to abrasion, that is, great wear resistance so your blades stay sharper much longer. Users say over double the time of O1 & A2 steel.The blades sharpen easily to a very keen edge.Our blades are machined, carefully heat treated to the manufacturing mill’s specifications by our metallurgist, surface ground flat and primary bevels prepared for fine honing in Adelaide.Depending on the plane blade model size, our after market blades are 10% to 30% thicker than the originals giving you a more rigid blade resisting chatter and more weight (heft) in the right spot lowering the centre of gravity.Suits Lie-Nielsen low angle planes.See them here.Made in Adelaide. Copyright © 2018 Henry Eckert Toolworks, All rights reserved. Want to change how you receive these emails?You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.
2018 Open Day & Hand Tool Event – Melbourne’s best…Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking I first met Alastair Boell at Melbourne Timber & Woodworking Show, 2006 I think. He was very interested in our tools, he knew all about them, said he already owned quite a few of them.I just wanted to share some of my experiences with Alastair.Passionate hand tool skills and a love for wood…I get the feeling that Alastair is secretly an American disguised as an Australian. He did his significant woodwork education at the world renown North Bennett Street School in Boston Massachusetts. I guess that is where the transformation came. Although, spending 8 years in Japan was also an influence on his design skills.His DNA is North Bennett Street School, USA woodwork teachers & craftsmen, USA hand tools, Shaker furniture (and boxes), black cherry, rock maple & walnut… the list goes on.Every year Alastair would visit our wood show stand and buy more tools for his fledgling woodwork school. He started it in 2007, in Box Hill. Years back I had the idea to bring the Hand Tool Events that Lie-Nielsen ran in the US to Australia. Alastair was the first to put his hand up to participate.He does have vision, he brought Christopher Schwarz out to Australia to teach in his school. Others have been Tom Fidgen, Hank Tyler, Peter Galbert, Lionel Seibert, and this year, Steve Latta. See his spectacular list of instructors here. Couple years back Alastair ventured off to Pennsylvania USA to buy some wood. Did he ever, a full container load of the most beautiful cherry, maple & walnut you have ever seen. All de-barked by Alastair on site in the US before it was packed & shipped to Oz. Now he owns his own saw mill. Alastair and Jacqueline Boell have built what I think is Melbourne’s best woodwork school over the last 10 years. He once told me the classes he taught personally in an average week, it was a massive amount of hours, day & night, they both deserve success, they have earnt it. Since the original hand tool events Alastair has now incorporated his own Open Days. They are great weekends, full of high quality woodwork advice, tools, demos and like minded enthusiasts. This year it is Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th June, 10am to 4pm. It is a must attend weekend, check out the two day program here, dont miss it.David Eckert – Henry Eckert Toolworks – Made in Adelaide Copyright © 2019 Henry Eckert Toolworks, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email because you opted in via our website. Our mailing address is: Henry Eckert Toolworks20 Coke StreetNorwood, SA 5067AustraliaAdd us to your address book Want to change how you receive these emails?You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.
The Henry Eckert Chisel / Flush Plane is a great tool to have in your workshop. It is cast in solid white bronze to give a tool with the heft to complete its tasks. You can fit it with a Lie-Nielsen low angle jack plane blade, a LN adjustable mouth block plane blade or Henry Eckert PMA11V blades. The plane is available with or without plane blades. The plane blades fit perfectly on the ground flat surface under the plane and are located by a precision ground island which matches the plane blade slot. The blade snaps into place and is held securely by flush rare earth magnets, two on the jack plane blade version and one on the adjustable mouth plane blade version. A tool that gets into hard to access corners or one that removes anything ‘above’ the workpiece surface like dowels, inlay, stringing, marquetry, glue beads etc. More info here… Henry Eckert plane blades fit Lie-Nielsen low angle jack and adjustable mouth and small block planes. They are made in ultimate powdered metallurgy tool steel perfect for the hardwoods we encounter in Australia. More info here…
We’ve all had or seen tools that have deteriorated due to exposure to the elements, mainly moisture. Our Tool Care range gets tools back into top condition and keeps them there. Sandflex Handblocks remove tarnish, rust and oxidation without marking the tools, extremely effective. We use Camellia Oil to keep tools and blades protected against moisture. The Chinese and Japanese have protected their weapons and tools for centuries with Camellia Oil. The beauty is, the oil dries (oxidises) and seals the tool metal. When the tool is used again the oxidised oil removes without leaving anything at all on your workpiece. Our non-toxic & biodegradable, Australian made Tool Polish brings all metals to a lustrous shine. Great for brass, bronze and steel. See our Tool Care range here. Leather tool care products also protect tools and keep them safe. Our Australian & French made leather products include chisel rolls, hand scraper and knife pouches. See them here. The Tool Chest is where we can offer run out products, used workshop, demo, sample and show tools & accessories at reduced prices. Currently we have some very nice Douk Douk knives, an Artifact apron and Boker razors at very special prices. See them here.
They say things often come in threes. Some woodworkers have requested our holdfasts in a set of three for holding long or large workpieces. We now offer a set of three holdfasts. Also new, are three sets of three Shapton glass stones bundles with some savings. We have put together (GS220, GS500 & GS2000) and (GS500, GS2000 & GS4000) and (GS1000, GS4000 & GS8000). Shapton, arguably the best ceramic stones around. You can see them here. For a while we have had a set of 3 drawknives from French maker Arno. Really good drawknives that can take a very keen edge, nice tools. And, Joe and Peter poured some new white bronze castings this week, more later…
Ray Iles comes from a famous edge tool making family in the U.K. Ray comes from the ‘old school’ so hence makes exceptional reliable and sharp tools. His range of carving tools are perfect for spoon carving. Blades are in O1 tool steel and handles are traditional beech. A great Easter project. See Ray Iles’s range of carving tools here. So the odd plane(s), chisel(s) and hand scraper are blunt and backing up. Maybe time for a sharpening session this Easter. We say, with a Henry Eckert Honing Guide & Angle Setting Jig that sharpening a plane blade or chisels’s micro or secondary bevel should take less than 8 minutes including removing and reinstalling the blade. Shapton ceramic whetstones complete the sharpening kit. We also say, sharp tools are the secret to enjoying whatever your woodwork project may be. See our sharpening section here. You can also read and download our sharpening instructions here. We ship overnight with Startrack Express, so there are three shipping days to make it by Easter. Every order this week will include a complimentary Henry Eckert notebook. We think they are really nice to use, I’m on my fourth. The other three full notebooks are safely stored for reference, they seem to develop into diaries… Happy Easter.
We have just had a new delivery from France of Arno drawknives. We have four models, 6″ (150mm) in flat, convex & concave and a 10″ flat. These are very well priced for their quality. High carbon steel, they sharpen particularly well. I’ve had mine for a few years, always does the job very well taking very light finishing shavings or deep cuts for initial shaping. They come with a protective leather cover for you and the knife… You can see them here. We have a special on a few Douk Douk ‘les colors’ knives. Great knives in 3 colours with a stainless 4109 steel blade. Each knife has a small steel to keep them sharp and a leather matching pouch. Made in France. We have a couple of USA Artisan waxed cotton waist aprons, these are the smaller ones that only go as high as your waist, great for bench work. here they are…
We have combined our complete set of 10 HE Hand Scrapers with the world famous Arno Carbur 2 Carbide burnisher to make the ultimate set for hand scraping requirements. So easy to use to fix those problem tear out patches, much quicker set up and more economical than a scraper plane. All at a very nice saving. All Made in France. See them here. The Henry Eckert Marking Gauge system was recently tested in the latest Australian Wood Review magazine, you can view the test here. We’ve been packing our mortise chisels into their individual boxes, it has been a while since they were first conceived, just great to get them onto shelves.