- Video: Using a Scraper Plane
In the seventh of our 8-question series on handplanes, an award-winning furniture-maker and teacher explains how to prevent a scraper plane from chattering
- Video: Using Wooden Molding Planes
In the second of our series, an award-winning furniture-maker shows how to buy, sharpen, and use antique molding planes
- Woodworking for Kids
A seasoned woodworker and teacher explains the importance of setting up woodworking programs in schools
- Video: Smooth a Round Edge with a Spokeshave
Learn how to clean up a round tabletop edge with a spokeshave and apply a chamfer on the router table
- Get the Most from Your Bench Chisels
They've been used by generations of woodworkers and are still one of the most versatile hand tools in the shop. As Chris Gochnour explains, chisels are invaluable ...
- Flat and Square by Hand
The first task assigned to any student in Phil Lowe's furniture-making classes is to use hand tools to plane a board flat, straight, and square. This is more than ...
- Video: Bench Chisel Techniques
Review the basics of chopping and paring with a chisel in the last of our 10-question series on choosing and using chisels
- Video: How They Did It: Before the Bandsaw
Handsaws of all shapes and sizes were used to cut curves and rough shape furniture parts in the 18th century
- Video: How They Did It: Before the Router
18th century craftsmen used an array of hand planes to plow grooves and dadoes, and profile edges
- Video: How They Did It: Dimensioning Lumber By Hand
Before power tools, 18th century craftsmen wielded handsaws and planes to four-square lumber for furniture
- Video: The Five-Minute Dovetail
Practice hand-cut dovetails without the pressure in this easy exercise to strengthen your hand-tool skills
- Video: Using a Japanese Pull Saw
An alternative to the western dovetail saw, the lesser-known pull saw is versatile and produces a thinner kerf
- Video: Chop a Mortise by Hand
Learn the basics to cutting a haunched mortise with a chisel
- Determining Grain Direction
Furniture maker and author Chris Gochnour offers tips for reading the direction of the grain in a variety of wood species in this basic overview on the anatomy of ...
- Half-Blind Dovetails
The handsome half-blind dovetail is easy to find — it is often used to join drawer fronts to drawer sides. When made with contrasting woods, the result can be especially ...