The JTA Blog

Flattening Waterstones

May 6, '20

Waterstones are our preferred way of sharpening all of our tool and knife edges, however, there is a need to maintain waterstones during and after use in order to get the most from them. The main difficulty with waterstones is that they wear and dish as edges are passed over...

Know the difference between Silky Tooth Style's

Nov 20, '19

NON SET TOOTHWhat does this mean?The teeth are “non-set”, so that the cutting surface cuts straight into the wood and destroys about 50% less wood cells in the process. The blade is taper ground to reduce resistance giving it a smoother and easier cut. This means the middle of the...

Using our Chopstick Jig to make your own Chopsticks

Sep 26, '19

Our chopstick-making jig is ingenious in its simplicity, but does require a little bit of practice to get it turning out perfect utensils every time. Here are the steps to producing a chopstick in our jig, as well as a couple of tips or tricks. 1. Our jig accepts timber...

Understanding the Japanese Saw

Sep 14, '18

  Japanese saws are distinctive from western hand saws in a few crucial ways, most of which rely on the fact that they cut on the pull-stroke. Since the blade of the saw cuts as it is drawn towards the user, rather than as it is pushed away, the blade...

Making the Most of Our Complete Sharpening Kit

Sep 8, '18

If you have recently purchased our Complete Sharpening Kit as an introduction to the world of hand-, jig- or waterstone-sharpening, congratulations! With a high quality ceramic Japanese waterstone and the ability to flatten it, you have in front of you the basic equipment with which to make your knives or...

Using Waterstones - The Essentials

Sep 4, '18

It is essential to follow a few basic principles to get the best out of any waterstone. Keep your stone flat by dressing its surface with a flat, coarse abrasive. Adhesive-backed sandpaper stuck to a piece of appropriately sized glass gives good results and is inexpensive. Using a coarser grain waterstone to dress finer...

Tuning Your New Japanese Plane Before First Use

Aug 14, '18

Our planes, like all Japanese planes, ship from the manufacturer with a small amount of tuning yet to be done. This allows users to tune their plane for use in the conditions it will be continually used in, eliminating the problem of wood movement between climates.  Click here for our...

Sydney Knife Show 2018

Jul 26, '18

Once a year JTA ventures beyond the boundaries of the traditional woodworking community and finds itself wide-eyed and somewhat warily setting up shop at the Sydney knife show, which this year falls on August 4 and 5 at Rosehill Racecourse. Of course, we soon get used to all the heavy...

WA Woodshow 2018

Jul 26, '18

The Western Australian Woodshow on the 3rd, 4th & 5th of August at Claremont Showgrounds will be our final event on the west coast for the year, but promises to be another great event with fantastic exhibitors and a great turn out.  The WA event features continuous demonstrations from experienced woodworkers,...

Whetstones, Wetstones, Waterstones & Water Stones

Jul 24, '18

We are often asked about using whetstones, wetstones and water stones for sharpening tools and knives, so we thought we’d take a moment to clear up the confusion. Water stones are whetsones, and also wet stones. Some would call them wet whetstones. The word whetstone is derived from the verb,...

Using Japanese hand tools course with Hiroshi Yamaguc

Sep 14, '17

Early this year I was privileged to attend a wood working class run by a Japanese craftsman at the ANU in Canberra. Hiroshi Yamaguchi was wonderful at describing how to use Japanese hand tools and the methodology behind them. I have been using Japanese hand tools for many years but I...

THE JAPANESE TOOLS AND LEGACY NAUTICAL SET DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR BOAT BUILDING

Feb 5, '15

Japanese Tools Australia and Legacy Nautical Boat Builders proudly present the first Japanese Tools Set designed specifically for boat building. View it in the shop here. This set contains 19 pieces (tools). Each tool has been carefully selected and successfully tested to maximize the performance, enjoyment and efficiency for building...

THE TSUBAME-SANJO FACTORY FESTIVAL

Dec 19, '14

  You will find exciting new tools at the Timber shows next year Below you will find some pictures from this year’s festival.  Waterstones at Sanjo City Blacksmith Centre. Annealing copper bowl at a workshop in Sanjo City.  Hand beating copper tea-pots and bowls in Sanjo City.  Hand beaten copper...