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Hand Tools

Some think that hand tools are mostly a thing of the past, but there's nothing further from the truth. Planes, chisels, and saws are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to tools that perform without a cord.

Turning Tool Handles On The Lathe

Using a simple offset turning technique, Chris Fitch shows how he turns oblong tool handles. This technique involves resetting the … Read More

An Updated Infill Shoulder Plane

A custom shoulder plane is a pleasure to build and use. Read More


A new version of an old tool to handle difficult carving tasks. Read More

How To: Hand-Cut Dadoes

A few basic hand tools and an easy-to-master technique are all you need to cut clean, accurate dadoes the quiet … Read More

Using a Shop-Built Setup Gauge

On some woodworking tasks, setup takes more time than the actual operation. Careful machine and tool setup pays off in … Read More

Shop-Built Mallet from Scrap Wood

A hefty solid-wood mallet is a great tool for assembling projects, or for gentle persuasion when you don't want to … Read More

Wolfcraft Drill Guide: Applications

Bring drill press accuracy to your hand-held drill with this inexpensive and easy-to-use accessory. Read More

Mastering Chisel Basics

Precise, controlled chisel cuts are a breeze when you use the right grip and technique. Read More

Perfect Cuts With Coping & Fret Saws

For smooth, curved cuts and other fine work, it’s tough to beat the results you can get with these essential … Read More

Shaping Wood With Rasps & Files

Don’t overlook these simple, traditional hand tools. When it comes to shaping contoured surfaces, nothing works better. Read More

Fitting A Replacement Plane Blade

Adding a high-quality blade is a key step in renovating an old plane. But there are a few things to … Read More

Build Better With Top 5 Hand Tools

To take the quality of your work to the next level, turn back the clock and learn about some "old … Read More

Tips & Techniques For Using A Smoothing Plane

For the ultimate in smooth, flat surfaces, this versatile hand plane can't be beat. Here's how to make this tool … Read More

Shop Secrets To A Smooth Surface

Forget the sandpaper. Take a look at a couple of scraping tools that take the work out of creating a … Read More

7 Essential Layout Tools

With a small collection of the right tools, you can handle just about any layout task — efficiently and accurately. Read More