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  • Sharpen Your SpokeshaveSharpen Your Spokeshave

    by Chris Gochnour

    Sharpening a spokeshave blade can be tricky because the small blade is hard to hold. The solution is to mount the blade in a wooden holder before you grind and ...

  • How to Use DividersHow to Use Dividers

    by Steve Latta

    Drawboring a mortise-and-tenon joint means offsetting the hole in the tenon so that the pin pulls the parts together tightly—and permanently. If your tenon shoulders ...

  • An Introduction to Card ScrapersVideo: An Introduction to Card Scrapers

    with Garrett Hack

    Learn how to use and sharpen this essential hand tool

  • Tool Test: Coping SawsTool Test: Coping Saws

    by Chris Gochnour

    Coping saws are great for quickly getting rid of the waste between dovetails, sawing curves on any project, or coping moldings. In this tool test, Chris Gochnour  ...

  • Digital Angle GaugesDigital Angle Gauges

    by Ben Blackmar

    Digital angle gauges, also called inclinometers, measure the angle of tilt after being zeroed to a reference surface. They have a magnetized base that makes them ...

  • Fillister Plane Cuts Quick Rabbets and MoreFillister Plane Cuts Quick Rabbets and More

    by Chris Gochnour

    A fillister plane, sometimes called a rabbet plane, can be used to cut a rabbet very quickly, without all the hassle of changing blades or bits and setting up the ...

  • Why You Need a Cabinet ScraperWhy You Need a Cabinet Scraper

    by Philip C. Lowe

    A bit less refined than a card scraper, a cabinet scraper is used to remove tearout and machining marks created by the jointer and planer and tracks left behind ...

  • Plane Blades and Chisels Need a Flat and Polished BackPlane Blades and Chisels Need a Flat and Polished Back

    by Chris Gochnour

    A sharp-cutting plane blade or chisel depends upon the meeting between two flat, polished surfaces. That's why you need to pay as much attention to the backs of ...

  • 4 Must-Have Handsaws4 Must-Have Handsaws

    by Matt Kenney

    If you are not regularly using handsaws in your shop, you may be missing out on the best tool for a number of jobs. There's nothing better for crosscutting delicate ...

  • How to Set Up a New HandplaneEditors PickVideo: How to Set Up a New Handplane

    with Tommy MacDonald

    Learn how to tune up a brand-new handplane straight out of the box

  • Moving the Craft ForwardMoving the Craft Forward

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Moving the Craft Forward

  • Tool Test: SquaresTool Test: Squares

    by John Tetreault

    Keep a 12-in. combo square and a 4-in. double square near your workbench and you'll find you reach for them often, whether you are measuring and laying out parts, ...

  • Why You Need a Router PlaneWhy You Need a Router Plane

    by Dan Faia

    If you have a router, do you really need a router plane? Dan Faia says yes. Router planes, which are more like shoulder planes than routers, are invaluable for ...

  • Tool Test: Block PlanesTool Test: Block Planes

    by Mario Rodriguez

    Because a block plane gets so much use, it's important that you get a very good one, one that fits your hand, cuts well, and adjusts easily. Choose wisely and you'll ...

  • Why You Need a Compass PlaneWhy You Need a Compass Plane

    by Paul Schürch

    Long used by shipwrights, carriage builders, and furniture makers, compass planes are still unchallenged when it comes to smoothing long, sweeping curves. They ...

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Large tenon saws (16-in. blades)

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