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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.


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

Using a Card Scraper

Sharpening a card scraper is a popular topic among woodworkers. But once you get a card scraper sharp, how do … Read More

Emergency Rasp

A set of files and rasps comes in handy for shaping workpieces. But if you don't have a particular tool … Read More

Hand Saw Depth Guide

Cutting to a consistent depth is a key part of working with a hand saw. In addition to your layout … Read More

Tool Caddy

Chisels and carving tools are nice to have close at hand, but you don't want the sharp edges exposed. Here's … Read More

Small Parts Miter Trimmer

It isn't easy to trim a small piece of molding once it's been cut. You need a way to hold … Read More

The Versatile Block Plane

A block plane can be a vital tool for helping your projects look their best. Master a few basic techniques … Read More

Handy Chisel Techniques

Chisels are some of the most versatile tools in your shop. Here's how to get better results using them. Read More

Flattening a Waterstone

Waterstones cut quickly to speed up the process of sharpening your edge tools. Over time, the surface of the stone … Read More

Circles and Curves Made Easy

Curves and arcs add interest to your projects. Discover our favorite tools for drawing them in. And find out how … Read More

The Essential Layout Tool

You can't beat a pencil for most marking tasks. But you have some options when it comes to accuracy and … Read More

The Best Tool for Angles

Every shop needs a few good rulers and squares. But these won't often work for angles. Find out why a … Read More

Handy Squares for Layout

There's a wide variety of measuring and marking tools available. When it comes to squares, here are three that are … Read More

The Right Way to Use a Rule

Steel rules are basic tools. But it still takes a little know-how to make consistent, accurate measurements. Here are a … Read More