... that I will need so I have
started pulling out tools and evaluating them as to their
appropriateness for the demonstration.
Most of the tools will be used in a
coffin making demonstration I will be doing but I am taking
along some other woodworking tools for display purposes in our
The target dates are from circa
1785 to 1820 so I will be using period tools or ones that will
pass as being from that time window.
These are some of the tools I am considering.
The chisel with the new handle that I posted about yesterday is
in the center of the assemblage. The handle will be stained and
patinated so it will blend with the rest of the tools. The
little bow saw has real animal sinew serving as the cord on its
I am including a bow drill with its bow for drilling
pilot holes for some square nails. We have found from experience
that this is necessary to avoid splitting of the wood during
assembly of a coffin. The trammel points are delightful. The
fixed post is pegged to the beam and the sliding post is locked
in place by a captured sliding wedge.
These are some of the other tools I have begun to amass that are
appropriate for the early 19th Century.
Both decorated dividers are 18th Century in origin and the hand
forged calipers are probably from that time. The hammer is an
early hand forged specimen and the handmade marking gauge is
probably also. The tool to the left of the marking gauge is a
scribing knife and awl combination which is quite early.