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In this video Mike shows you how to put together everything he's shown you about handplanes and use them in a real world scenario
By turning a burr on a standard disposable knife blade and adding a simple maple handle, you get an amazing detail scraper
Under most circumstances a mitered box can be successfully glued and clamped using rubber bands or plastic packaging tape to pull the corners tight. But there are times when extra…
When I needed a longer foot for one of my toggle clamps, I came upon this simple solution
Designer Will Acland and maker Tim Smith built the bent-laminated frame of their curved chair using straight-grained, flitch-cut European ash veneer and MDF forms
Learn how to enhance your furniture with this Japanese latticework technique
Old-world exercise hones hand-tool skills
Make layout easier and get cleaner results
Shopmade scrapers smooth tough-to-reach surfaces without dulling sharp details
The right choice will help you design and build better boxes
Tips and tricks for getting better joinery from these must-have layout tools
Eye-catching details and contrasting woods make this a case to remember
Mike shows you the features he looks for in his workbenches and reviews some work holding accessories that help him get the most out of his planes
With a few basic turning tools, you can create beautiful storage for the kitchen
The card scraper is your the first tool to grab to clean up any plane tracks or minor tear out left behind by your planes
The bevel up smoother and spokeshave are two tools you'll want to make room for in your tool cabinet. Mike Pekovich shows you why.
A sanding block is an essential piece of woodworking equipment, with designs ranging from basic to high-tech. I’ve had good luck with this bandsawn block for many years. It can…
When using my drill press, I find that some workpieces need to be held down firmly, while others benefit from a stop block for repeat positioning. This two-position drill-press fence…
For tasks like trimming wood plugs or removing dried glue in corners, I’ve wanted a chisel plane for a long while. I know they are available commercially, but I had…
Here is some time-tested guidance on drill bits for the woodworking shop: which types to buy, and how to save some money when you’re buying them. There are many different…
This wall-mounted tool chest has space for every conceivable hand tool. Four layers of storage, to be exact: in the deep main doors, on a pair of shallow inner doors,…
Compact design gets its strength and rigidity from clever interlocking joinery
Practical storage cabinet utilizes the wasted space beneath your benchtop
Veteran pro builds a strong case for using this misunderstood adhesive
A professional-quality saw, custom-fitted to your hand
For benchtop clamping, nothing beats the holdfast
The last to fill out Mike's essential plane kit is the jack plane. With it's longer sole it's perfect for flattening stock quickly. You'll find yourself reaching for it often.
Not having room in my small shop for a dedicated sharpening station, I turned a cookie sheet into a stowaway station that tucks under a wall cabinet or on the…
Mike shows you how to setup and use two of his most used planes
Whether for edge treatments or end grain, the block plane will be one of your most used handplanes
You'll never get a handplane to perform how you want it to until you get the blade truly sharp.
When you get the hang of it, your skew will leave a surface so nice and slick that 600-grit sandpaper would mess it up
A strong joint that’s widely used in door and face frames, the bridle joint is simple in its anatomy and execution. A tenon on the rail fits an open-ended mortise…
David Lamb produces marquetry patterned after a winter frost. See how he chooses the wood, cuts it into billets, and then slices it into veneer. Then he uses a pattern…
Five ways to keep your top tight and flat through the seasons
Old panes bring vibrancy to new furniture
Once you master the basics, the only limit is your imagination
Given the choice between a fixed-base router and a plunge model, Jeff Miller will take the plunge router every time. Because it can plunge in and out of the work,…
Eliminate tearout, banish snipe, and get smooth results every time
Take a look at the painstaking process that goes into turning one of Pascal Oudet’s wafer-thin disks--from flattening, to turning, to sandblasting.
Build an attractive finish in three easy steps
Make your cabinets stand out with clean, attractive through-tenons
Avoid construction mishaps by looking at mistakes from the past
Contemporary Chest with Colonial Roots
Woodworkers in search of a perfect union of materials
Make a functional and beautiful bowl from a chunk of green wood
Robert Erickson’s trestle table was his first time marrying metal and wood, and he sought inspiration from the California Arts and Crafts-era designers Charles and Henry Greene for this first design.
Two block planes are better than one
When five furniture makers with distinct styles of their own get the same assignment, the result is a lesson in design. We asked Fine Woodworking’s contributing editors to make a…
Shaker-inspired design is comfortable and practical
Cut nails and a clever lid clinch a traditional Japanese toolbox
Give your joinery skills a workout
Gate-leg design expands from small to large in a jiffy
Clean, versatile design offers easy access to what’s inside
Proud joinery and playful shadows take center stage
Simple project works as a sharpening station and storage box
Quick-to-make, casual seating designed to beat back the elements
This small project features stout joinery and angles that will challenge your skills
Make something fun while learning new skills
Grids and cutouts define a practical piece
The Shakers had this diminutive design pegged
A delight to make, they're also a lasting pleasure to use
With a stout base, thick top, and abundant tool storage, this is one bench you’ll never outgrow
When crosscutting with the miter gauge, you have to turn off the saw and let the blade come to a full stop in order to accurately align it with a…
I really like my 75-year-old bandsaw, but changing the blade is another matter. I used to hang it on the top wheel only to have it fall off every time…
What clamps to have and why you should have them
Precision jig eliminates gaps and headaches
Expert tips and tricks for cleaning up glue
Like many amateur woodworkers, I use my garage as a shop, so tools and machines must be pushed out of the way when not in use. I bought commercial mobile…
When a tenon loosened and broke on a favorite stool in our house, I wasn’t sure how to fix it. I don’t have a lathe, and it looked difficult to…
When doing curved stringing, I lightly clamp a Teflon-coated curling iron in my vise and use it to bend the strings before gluing them into place. The curling iron works…
On many routers, it’s hard to be sure template guides (also called router bushings) are perfectly concentric with the bit. And if the bushing isn’t centered, it can lead to…
When my pipe clamps aren’t working as clamps, they double as versatile shop stands. To create a broad, stable base, I glue up a stack of 12-in.-dia. disks of 3⁄4-in.-thick…
It is difficult to drill a perfectly centered hole in the end of a round dowel, but this drill guide solves the problem. Choose a Forstner bit the same size…
When I reach for my glue bottle, I don’t like having to shake it and wait for the glue to drip down to the tip. So I keep the bottles…
I often make boxes with miter joints reinforced by small splines, or keys. After glue-up, while trimming the keys, I sometimes got a little careless with my Japanese saw and…
For fast, accurate cuts in plywood and more, these compact saws are hard to beat
Custom-made sanding drums let you smooth any curve
From repairs to assembly to finishing, how to get the most from this versatile shop helper
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