- Video: How to Set Up a New Handplane
Learn how to tune up a brand-new handplane straight out of the box
- Buying Old Tools
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 ...
- Video: Sharpen a Marking Gauge Cutter
Improve a pin-style marking gauge to mark clean lines across grain
- Build a Plane From a Kit
Ever dreamed about planing wafer-thin wood shavings with a handplane you built yourself? Two editors, intrigued by a planemaker's sales pitch, set out to do just ...
- Video: Modify Your Marking Gauge
Pin-style marking gauges have a single cutter that will work better with a couple of quick fixes
- Video: Using Shoulder Planes
Suited for a variety of tasks, these tools can cleanly cut cross-grain, long-grain, and end-grain wood
- Video: Using the FastTrack Honing Guide with Diamond Paste
Learn how to maintain the same honing angle for each iron
- Video: Using Your Spokeshave
Even a well-tuned shave requires practice to master
- Handplane Tune-up
Frustrated because the new handplane you bought doesnt give you the fine shavings you expected? David Charlesworth shares a trade secreta new handplane should be ...
- User's Guide to Block Planes
A finely tuned block plane is a pleasure to use, according to furniture maker and woodworking instructor Chris Gochnour. Quiet, efficient, and precise, it leaves ...
- Japanese Planes Demystified
When it comes time for fine handwork, the author finds Japanese planes superior. Carl Swensson, who teaches hand-tool techniques and builds furniture, finds that ...
- Rabbet Planes Are Real Shop Workhorses
From cutting and fitting rabbets and dadoes to making final adjustments to tenons, rabbet planes have no equal, writes Garrett Hack. There are dozens of types, ...
- Using a Spokeshave
Mario Rodriguez works quickly, quietly, and effectively at shaving inside curves, cleaning up cabriole legs, shaping Windsor chair seats, and fine-tuning spindles. ...
- Block Planes
Mario Rodriguez has plenty of specialty planes, but he says he usually reaches for his block plane. It’s small and handy, compact and light. To evaluate what’s ...
- Souped-Up Scraper
Kelly Mehler’s former apprentices all rave about how he tunes up a cabinet scraper, the old metal-body kind with spokeshave-like handles and a reputation for not ...