Shaping Wood - Fine Woodworking How-To

Shaping Wood

Shaping wood is intrinsic to woodworking. Unless you are making tree-shaped objects, a series of cuts is always required. Beyond the basic square, there are a variety of tools and techniques for shaping furniture parts.The Basics: • Hand-shaped parts:
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    by Garrett Hack

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    by Andrew Hunter

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  • How to Cut Precise Joints on the TablesawHow to Cut Precise Joints on the Tablesaw

    by Marc Adams

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  • The Power of the Simple Scratch StockThe Power of the Simple Scratch Stock

    by David Moore

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  • Shape Bracket Feet in Any Style Using the BandsawShape Bracket Feet in Any Style Using the Bandsaw

    by Randall O'Donnell

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    by Alfred Sharp

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    by Mark Edmundson

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    by D. Douglas Mooberry

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    with Garrett Hack

    Garrett Hack shows how to transform a small piece of scrap steel into a custom cutter for creating unique beads and other profiles

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    by Michael C. Fortune

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    by Gerald La Starza

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    by Anissa Kapsales

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    by Anissa Kapsales

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