Galootish Gleanings

Scans from 1920's annuals of The Woodworker magazine.


A Homemade Jack Plane

Traditional beech plane from the solid.


Bow Saw

For the definitive internet bow saw design, go to .



For further information on this subject, try or my own experiences of building from a kit.


Router Plane

A traditional “Old Woman’s Tooth” type, using a plough plane blade


Rebate Plane

With instructions for a skew or straight mouth, again made from solid beech.


Large Try Square

Made in wood


Toothing Plane

Solid wood, coffin style


Straight Edges & Winding Sticks



Of the square headed type.


Boxwood Marking Gauge

A test of craftsmanship


Mitre Jack

Or miter jack, for 'Murricans. For shooting mitred joints.


Plough Plane

Or plow, depending on where in the world you are. Cunning design using chisels as irons.


*NEW* Improved Shooting Board

Designed to help prevent tipping.


*NEW* Mitre Shooting Board

Or miter, depending on where in the world you are. Generally thought of as Robert Wearing's design, but perhaps, it seems, not...

Other Articles

Sharpening Gouges and similar tools, Try too.


Tales of Old Craftsmen


A Saw Grip, or saw vice (or vise) for Sharpening.


Making the most of the Hand Grinder

Short hints and tips

About the annuals

The Woodworker Magazine has been in print in the UK, continuously as far as I know, since the turn of the century. Whenever I see a second hand copy of the magazines in their bound annual format I snap them up, like many other UK-based galoots, as they’re an excellent resource for the hand tool user. Charles Hayward was, famously, the editor in the 40s, 50s and 60s; but in the 20s he was already writing articles for the magazine. Unfortunately no credits are given, so I’m unable to pick out the youthful Hayward’s early works!

These particular volumes cover 1927-29 and were found in a bookshop in Helston, Cornwall. If you’re after some yourself, you can do no better than search on Bookfinder; there are often many volumes of all ages available. I’ve chosen to scan these particular ones for two reasons. Firstly the amount and quality of hand tool information is particularly good, and secondly because I know nowt about copyright laws, but these seem old enough for it not to be an issue. (See below)


What I know about copyright can be written on the head of a pin, but I have tried to establish the basic facts about it. My understanding is that, in the UK, copyright lasts for 70yrs after an author’s death. However, if the author is not credited, as is the case here, then it is 70yrs after the date of publication. Someone suggested it might not even be an issue in this case anyway, but better safe than sorry. If, however, you know otherwise, please and I’ll act immediately. Thanks.