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 Michael Cullen

    Every workshop needs at least two mallets, Michael Cullen says. Flat-sided mallets are extremely useful, but when it comes to carving and other tasks where a light ...

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    by Anissa Kapsales

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    by Paul Schürch

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    by Lonnie Bird

    In the first of a two-part series, woodworking teacher Lonnie Bird details plans for building a Pennsylvania tall clock. The design, which incorporates details ...

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    by Stephen Hammer

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    by Don Kondra

    Building “swoopy” furniture takes time, but it’s appealing, Don Kondra writes. In this article, he tells how to make full-sized drawings, which he says is the key ...

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    by John Wilson

    Oval boxes continue to be the most popular product the Shakers ever offered to the outside world. John Wilson teaches novice and experienced woodworkers how to ...

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