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…
Our mortise chisels are now available. Henry Eckert mortise chisels are manufactured in Australia from PMA11V tool steel. They are socket chisels milled from solid round bar and are hence ‘ferruleless’. The chisel sides are ground at 90° to the blade to maintain a square ‘attack’ on the mortise. They have a primary bevel ground at 25°, and a 35° micro bevel. Backs are hand ground flat. Diligently heat treated to finish at 60-61 Rockwell. The chisels are tough with the ability to stay sharper longer. They sharpen easily on water stones or oil stones. Each mortise chisel has a high tensile steel rod threaded into the blade and handle to provide extra strength and to maintain the handle’s permanent attachment to the blade. The CNC turned handles are from Spotted Gum hardwood for strength and resilience. The handle style is closest to an ‘English carver’ and will suit large and smaller hand sizes. We have some background on the development of our mortise chisel in our news section. They are available in six sizes – 4mm, 6mm, 9mm, 12mm, 15mm & 18mm.
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.
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…
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.
In The Tool Chest, we have a lovely used Lie-Nielsen 4 1/2 smoother with newly fitted Cocobolo handles, more here. Two good things happened yesterday, the workshop temperature dropped 20°C! and our first production 12mm mortise chisel was finished… It looks nice I think, hope you agree. Good balance, powdered metallurgy tool steel (PMA11-V), socket design, tough straight grained Spotted Gum handles. More info on sizes (metric), availability and pricing soon. Gimlets? The other day I had to insert some screws into a jig I was making. They needed to be close to an edge, splitting was on the cards, a delicate situation. I used one of the gimlets we had made in France, perfect solution. It gripped easily and seemed to pull itself into the workpiece. The feature of these gimlets is that after the locating screw thread it has an auger which removes the wood chips enabling space for the bulk of the screw. Such a great simple effective tool, well made and well priced for a set of seven sizes.
New Shipping Savings – Domestic & International When we shop on line, we normally find the shipping cost is a necessary evil we would all like to avoid. We have been working with our accountant, Australia Post & Startrack to establish much better rates and shipping times that we can pass onto you for both Australian & International shipping. Effective immediately, please see below: Domestic Shipping (Australia) Orders up to $100 ship with Startrack Overnight for $10. Orders over $100 ship free with Startrack Overnight. International Shipping Orders up to: USA-USD $120 ship 2- 4 days delivery with Australia Post International Express for USD $12. Europe-Euro $100 ship 2 – 4 days delivery with Australia Post International Express for Euro $14 New Zealand-NZD $120 ship 2 – 4 days delivery with Australia Post International Express for NZD $10 UK-GBP £100 ship 2 – 4 days delivery with Australia Post International Express for GBP £10 Canada-CAN $150 ship 2 – 4 days delivery with Australia Post International Express for CAN $15 Orders over: USA-Orders over USD $120 ship free 2 – 4 days delivery with Australia Post International Express. Europe-Orders over Euro $100 ship free 2 – 4 days delivery with Australia Post International Express. NZ-Orders over NZD $120 ship free 2 – 4 days delivery with Australia Post International Express. UK-Orders over GBP £100 ship free 2 – 4 days delivery with Australia Post International Express. Canada-Orders over CAN $150 ship free 2 – 4 days delivery with Australia Post International Express.
Henry Eckert hand scrapers are made for us in France. They come in both rectangular and curved shapes. The thicknesses are from .25mm, .40mm, .60mm & .80mm catering for any scraper requirement. Timbers that tear out are common in Australia. Occurring mainly in patches, the tear out can be removed with a sharp hand scraper. Hand scrapers are indispensable for smoothing flat wood surfaces, removing marks left by planing and routing, smoothing hollow and convex surfaces, cleaning glued joints and levelling uneven varnish coats. Sharpened properly and burnished with an appropriate tool, they are capable of removing the finest shavings and leaving a smooth and precise surface finish. By varying the pressure, angle and curvature of the scraper, you can achieve superb results even against the grain, knotty & cross-grained wood, inlays, tear out prone timber, etc. We also have a nice leather pouch to accommodate the scrapers. The Arno Burnisher is also a good partner for the scrapers. See the complete range here. Made in France.
These auger gimlets sets are simply amazing quality for their price, they are on their own… Ideal for starting screws, these excellent auger gimlets have a tapered screw tip and an auger body. The seven sizes in the set are 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 3.5mm, 4mm, 4.5mm, 5mm, which will handle the pre-drill for screw sizes #2 to #9. They are particularly useful for short screws or screws in awkward places, both of which present problems for power pre-drilling. They are very light to use and manoeuvre. The drill pulls itself into the wood due to the tapered screw tip and the deep auger guarantees good chip removal. In addition, their slightly tapered shape leads to greater tensile strength of screw joints. Faster, more accurate & more convenient than an electric drill. In tempered steel, ferro-blacked in the traditional manner, they are made for us by a small French manufacturer. Packaged in a small cardboard box. Every shop should have a set, perhaps a second set for a fellow woodworker… See them here. Made in France.
Summer is alive and well in Adelaide, earlier this week 35° Celsius, and Joe & Peter are pouring a new bronze tool in their foundry without air conditioning, a certain dedication. Beer o’clock came early that day… More on the new tool soon. These guys have been pouring sand cast bronzes for many decades, there is not much they don’t know about their trade. They are getting very close to retirement age and there is no one knocking on their door asking to be taught the craft or if they can continue the business. Sound familiar? ___________________________________ Powdered Metallurgy (PM) tool steel blades – Are they any better or even worthwhile for us woodworkers? It depends, if sharpening is a necessary chore, or you do not like the interruption it causes or you live in Australia, then PM is for you. Why Australia? Many a woodworker would say that US timbers could be considered softwoods in Australia when compared to our hardwoods that blunt blade edges in a hurry. Ask plane-maker Terry Gordon about working Gidgee. Tool steels have 3 practical properties for us – toughness (does it chip easily), abrasive qualities (does it stay sharp longer) and does it sharpen easily. Our PM tool steel, PMA11V, excels in all these attributes, particularly high in (anti) abrasive qualities doubling the time between sharpening intervals. Those who wish to know more about the technical side of this steel (yawn), please see our information sheet here. Our understanding is that Lee Valley / Veritas were the first woodwork specialist tool company to use PM tool steel. I know of an Australian company that makes PM tool steel woodturning chisels, but so far that is about it. Some guys make knives from PM tool steel. Henry Eckert PMA11V plane blades are PM tool steel after market products for Lie-Nielsen Low Angle Block Planes, Adjustable Mouth Block Planes & Low Angle Jack Planes. They are thicker than Lie-Nielsen blades which decreases the chance of chatter and increases heft and also improves the centre of gravity of the plane. _____________________________________ The Tool Chest has been updated with some workshop & demo/show Lie-Nielsen tools and a very nice Ray Iles mortise chisel. We now have zipPay, buy now / pay later with no interest at all. Maximum purchase is a semi-responsible $1000. David Eckert Adelaide