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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 ...

  • Upgrade Your Jointer with a Segmented CutterheadEditors PickVideo: Upgrade Your Jointer with a Segmented Cutterhead

    with Roland Johnson

    Learn step-by-step techniques for upgrading a jointer with a state-of-the-art segmented cutterhead

  • How to Master the Plunge RouterEditors PickHow to Master the Plunge Router

    by Gregory Paolini

    When it comes to getting the most from your plunge router, it makes sense to go a routing guru like Gregory Paolini. He has more routers than most woodworkers, ...

  • Need a Smoothing Plane? Start Small, Then Go BigQ & A: Need a Smoothing Plane? Start Small, Then Go Big

    by Chris Gochnour

  • How to Use a Height GaugeVideo: How to Use a Height Gauge

    with Mark Schofield

    Learn how to dial in more precise machinery set-ups by using a height gauge.

  • Do More with Your Dado SetDo More with Your Dado Set

    by Steve Latta

    The dado set is a great tablesaw accessory that is unmatched at a variety of operations-grooving, dadoing, rabbeting, and tenoning-but you must use it properly ...

  • Are You Getting the Most from Your Combo Square?Are You Getting the Most from Your Combo Square?

    by Philip C. Lowe

    The combination square is one of those essential tools that no woodworker should be without. Even if you are just starting out as a woodworker, it won't take long ...

  • Consider a ShaperConsider a Shaper

    by J. Speetjens

    Even though routers and shapers perform the same basic functions, there are critical differences. In this article, professional furniture maker J. Speetjens demonstrates ...

  • A Mallet is a Must-HaveA Mallet is a Must-Have

    by Philip C. Lowe

    With its massive square head, a woodworker's joinery mallet is light enough to control but heavy enough to deliver plenty of power where you need it. The joinery ...

  • Low-Cost Scraper PlaneLow-Cost Scraper Plane

    by Brian Boggs

    Most wood surfaces are easily handled with a sharp, well-tuned bench plane, but occasionally you'll run into an area of wood so ornery that only a scraper can deliver ...

  • 9 Reasons to Own a Shoulder Plane9 Reasons to Own a Shoulder Plane

    by Chris Gochnour

    With its narrow profile, precisely milled sole, and blade that cuts fully into corners, the shoulder plane is much more than a specialty tool. In fact, contributing ...

  • Buying Old ToolsBuying Old Tools

    by Matthew Teague

    The used-tool market is a fertile place to find quality hand tools for affordable prices. Furniture maker Matthew Teague offers a road map to those just dipping ...

  • Sharpen a Marking Gauge CutterVideo: Sharpen a Marking Gauge Cutter

    with Scott Gibson

    Improve a pin-style marking gauge to mark clean lines across grain

  • Dick Jarmon: Ultimate Tool CollectorVideo: Dick Jarmon: Ultimate Tool Collector

    with Matt Berger

    Porter-Cable's No. 1 fan shares part of his antique tool collection at 100th anniversary gala

  • Lock Down Router Bushings without DamageTip: Lock Down Router Bushings without Damage

    by Kenneth Shaw

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