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The best plane for a shooting board? One thats sharp, heavy, bevel-up and comfortable to use.

The best plane for a shooting board? One that's sharp, heavy, bevel-up and comfortable to use.

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One of the questions that I'm asked most often is which plane to use with a shooting board. Here's how I answer that question.

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5 tips for aspiring plane makers

5 tips for aspiring plane makers

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Furniture maker Clark Kellogg learned to make planes as a student in the furniture program at College of the Redwoods. And he has made a lot since then. Now you get the benefit of his experience as he offers some sage advice to novice plane makers.

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Are WoodRivers new block planes good enough to knuckle down in the shop?

Are WoodRiver's new block planes good enough to knuckle down in the shop?

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WoodRiver has released two full-size block planes based on Stanley's venerable #18 block plane with a knuckle-joint lever cap. I've had a quick look and now they're out for a tough test.

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Help solve a hand tool mystery

Help solve a hand tool mystery

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A reader wants help with an old Stanley bench jig, but before I can help I need to know its name. I'm sure one of you will know, so take a look and pass along your knowledge.

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Build Your Own Shoulder Plane: Does this Kit Pass the Test?

Build Your Own Shoulder Plane: Does this Kit Pass the Test?

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I recently built a Hock shoulder plane kit. It was easy to make and offers great value.

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Blue Spruce paring chisels: too pretty to use?

Blue Spruce paring chisels: too pretty to use?

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We recently received seven paring chisels from Blue Spruce Toolworks. My first reaction: My lord these are beautiful. My second reaction: I can't wait to use them.

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Interview with plane maker Steve Knight

Interview with plane maker Steve Knight

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Steve Knight used to make completed wooden planes for sale. Now he only makes kits. Read on to learn about his history as a plane maker and why he no longer makes completed planes.

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This is what happens when Roy Underhill meets a SawStop

This is what happens when Roy Underhill meets a SawStop

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Evidently the folks at Highland Woodworking in Atlanta thought it a good idea to let Roy Underhill test the flesh sensing technology of a SawStop. Watch the video to see what happens.

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Show us your shop-made hand tools

Show us your shop-made hand tools

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I've made a few hand tools and want to see the ones you've made. Post photos and give a quick story about them in our new gallery.

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Jonesing for a hand tool fix? Weve got you covered.

Jonesing for a hand tool fix? We've got you covered.

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Fine Woodworking has introduced a new section of the magazine and a new blog devoted to hand-tool use. The emphasis is on practicality, so that it will be relevant to the modern woodworker.

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