- 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 ...
- Video: Shaping Tapered Legs
Shape elegant tapered legs by hand
- All About Hand Tool Skills
- Video: Chop a Hinge Mortise
Rough out the mortise, then chop and pare to the lines
- Video: Cutting with a Dovetail Saw
Watch a demonstration of cutting techniques that lead to tight-fitting joints
- Video: Easy-To-Carve Diamond Beading
Personalize your furniture with just a few simple tools
- Video: Listening To Tools
The sounds your tools make can tell you a lot about how they're working
- Video: Planing Frame-and-Panel Doors
Use a plane rather than sandpaper to prepare the final surface
- Video: Using a Card Scraper
Forget sanding -- a properly used scraper will create a mirror surface
- Hone Your Hand-Tool Skills
You can use power tools all day long, but as Fine Woodworking art director Michael Pekovich has learned, you'll never know the true joy of the craft until you learn ...
- Bench-Chisel Techniques
The only differences between sets of bench chisels are the quality of the steel and the shapes of the blades, says Garrett Hack, and he offers a primer here on ...
- Planing Corner Joints
When flushing up surfaces that meet at a right angle, Jeff Miller prefers to start with a handplane, which allows him to remove just the right amount of stock without ...
How gracefully a piece of furniture ages has to do with many aspects of the design, not least of which is how you deal with edges. Chamfered edges are more apt ...
- A Woodworker's Journey of Discovery
From power-tool addict to a hand-tool aficionado, John Lively traces his journey through both extremes to find a balance and love for both types of tools, for what ...