History: Oldest Woodworking Tools

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I did a quick search for “Oldest woodworking tools in history” and look what I came up with ..

Ancient Egyptian Woodworking: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodworking

Primitive Lathe http://www.woodturners.info/lathe-tool/

Roman Plane http://www.handplane.com/879/a-brief-history-of-the-woodworking-plane/

16th Century Tools http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tool

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Thanks for the pics Debbie. I think that Roman metal plane is really amazing considering it was probably made about 3.000 years ago.

One old tool that never seems to get much credit is the chisel, even though it is probably the most important and most versatile tool ever invented. Non of the ancient monumental buildings or even the pyramids could have been built without one. And of course Michaelangleo’s wonderful sculptures could have not been done either. It is still a highly prized tool in almost all woodworking shops even today, and I think whenever we talk about ancient hand tools we should always include it.

Mike, an American living in Norway


Wow! I think those are even older that my Harbor Freight tools! Did you PhotoShop out the power cords?


“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

The handsaw goes that far?

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA