Hand Tool Skills

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  • Use a Ratio for Easy Dovetail Angles
    Cutting dovetails by hand is a right of passage for woodworkers, and is certainly a skill that takes time to acquire, but laying them out is actually really simple.  
    by Ben_Blackmar - member |
    October 24, 2014
    Easier Handplaning with a Guide Block
    If you’re new to surfacing or jointing lumber by hand using handplanes, you’ve probably already realized that this can be a tricky endeavor to execute successfully.
    by Ed_Pirnik - member |
    January 15, 2014
    Simple Tip for Tighter Mortise-and-Tenon Joints
    When I first began cutting mortise-and-tenon joints, I followed a simple routine that worked well, but wasn't quite up to the caliber of some of the furniture I was seeing on a regular basis
    by Ed_Pirnik - member |
    April 11, 2013
    Simple Tip for Accurate Joinery Marks
    What's the most accurate way to mark up a workpiece for joinery?
    by Ed_Pirnik - member |
    February 28, 2013
    Secure Your Work for Easier Handplaning
    Eventually, every budding woodworker will begin to wonder about handplanes. For some reason, these age-old tools hold a place of reverence in most woodworker’s tool collections.
    by Ed_Pirnik - member |
    September 20, 2012
    "How did you learn all that?"
    After awhile, when you've been doing woodworking for some time and have learned a few things, people start to ask "How did you do that?
    by DougStowe |
    July 7, 2011
           When you are doing your own home repair instead of calling a home repair service you will need basically the same tools to do the repairs as the home repair
    by mikejb1954 |
    May 23, 2011
    How to Use a Card Scraper
    Card scrapers offer a surface that even smoother than sandpaper
    by Bob_VanDyke - author |
    November 16, 2010
    12 Basic Hand Tools for Woodworking
    If you're interested in really honing your skills as a novice woodworker, learn about the 12 essential tools every furniture maker should have.
    by Ed_Pirnik - member |
    November 9, 2010
    Handplaning 101
    The basics of handplaning a flat, smooth, and straight surface
    by Chris_Gochnour - author |
    November 3, 2010
    Tame Handplane Tearout
    Paying attention to grain is critical
    by Asa Christiana - editor, fine woodworking magazine |
    November 2, 2010
    Practice Your Dovetail Joints
    Learn a dirt simple way to practice your hand tool skills and you'll be turning out air-tight dovetail joints in no time.
    by gary_rogoski - author |
    November 1, 2010
    How to Use Chisels
    All about chopping and paring with chisels
    by Asa Christiana - editor, fine woodworking magazine |
    October 18, 2010
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