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  • The travisher is the best tool for hollowing seatsThe travisher is the best tool for hollowing seats

    by Fabian Fischer

    Shaping the seat on Fabian Fischer’s stool is much easier if you use the travisher, a traditional chairmaking tool. Here, he offers tips on choosing the right travisher, ...

  • Make Your Own Scratch StocksMake Your Own Scratch Stocks

    by Garrett Hack

    Scratch stocks are small and simple tools but they can make a world of difference in your furniture. With just a shopmade scratch stock and a bit of ingenuity, ...

  • File Joints for a Perfect FitFile Joints for a Perfect Fit

    by Chris Gochnour

    Files are great for removing wood when a joint is almost together—but not quite. A file will delicately trim a joint until it slides home with hand pressure and ...

  • Machinist’s CalipersMachinist’s Calipers

    by Tim Rousseau

    Take away the guesswork when fitting joinery and setting up machinery with machinist's calipers. Here, Timothy Rousseau gives tips on choosing the best calipers ...

  • 4 Planes for Joinery4 Planes for Joinery

    by Vic Tesolin

    Specialty planes make it easier to build furniture by hand. By adding a shoulder plane, a router plane, a rabbet plane, and a plow plane to his collection, Vic ...

  • Every Woodworker Needs a Cutting GaugeEvery Woodworker Needs a Cutting Gauge

    by Tim Rousseau

    The cutting gauge is indispensable for furniture making. It’s perfect for marking dovetail and tenon shoulders, and can be used to sever fibers and minimize tearout ...

  • How to Turn Chisel Handles that Fit Your GripHow to Turn Chisel Handles that Fit Your Grip

    by John Tetreault

    Making handles for your chisels is a great way to bring together a mismatched set and to customize the fit to your own hand. All you need is a few scraps of hardwood ...

  • Fix for a Wandering HandsawQ & A: Fix for a Wandering Handsaw

    by Chris Gochnour

  • How to Tame Tricky Glue-UpsHow to Tame Tricky Glue-Ups

    by Michael C. Fortune

    The key to all glue-ups—especially those on curved parts—is that the clamping pressure must be at an exact right angle to the glueline, and centered on the joint. ...

  • Get Sharp the Diamond WayGet Sharp the Diamond Way

    by Brian Boggs

    Woodworkers love to argue about the best sharpening method for their tools, and Brian Boggs has listened to most of the arguments, trying and losing patience with ...

  • Do More with Your Block PlaneDo More with Your Block Plane

    by Jeff Miller

    Pound for pound, no hand tool in the shop packs in more value than the block plane. Its compact size makes it great for trimming parts flush, breaking edges, and ...

  • Prevent Staining from Clamp PadsQ & A: Prevent Staining from Clamp Pads

    by Dean Hedstrom

  • Skill Building Hand-Tool ExercisesSkill Building Hand-Tool Exercises

    by Jeff Miller

    To firmly master the use of hand tools such as the handsaw, chisel, and handplane, you need to practice. Practice builds and reinforces your muscle memory, letting ...

  • Use a Pencil to Lay Out ChamfersQ & A: Use a Pencil to Lay Out Chamfers

    by Steve Brown

  • Backer Board Prevents Tearout on RabbetsQ & A: Backer Board Prevents Tearout on Rabbets

    by Chris Gochnour

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