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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  • How to Prep Rough Lumber with Hand ToolsHow to Prep Rough Lumber with Hand Tools

    by Andrew Hunter

    Flattening and dimensioning boards by hand is the bedrock of hand-tool woodworking. Nothing can teach you more about wood than taking it from rough to ready with ...

  • Turn a Carver's MalletTurn a Carver's Mallet

    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 ...

  • How to Cut Precise Joints on the TablesawHow to Cut Precise Joints on the Tablesaw

    by Marc Adams

    The tablesaw can do more than make rectangles. If you add a dado set and a few shopmade jigs and fixtures, it can become your favorite machine for cutting flawless ...

  • How to Surface a Large SlabHow to Surface a Large Slab

    by David Moore

    It's been around since ancient Egypt, and for most of that time, working with hide glue meant mixing it yourself and heating it all day to keep it liquified. But ...

  • The Power of the Simple Scratch StockThe Power of the Simple Scratch Stock

    by David Moore

    A simple tool made up of a wooden holder and a flat metal blade, the scratch stock has been used for centuries to create custom molding profiles and other decorative ...

  • Shape Bracket Feet in Any Style Using the BandsawShape Bracket Feet in Any Style Using the Bandsaw

    by Randall O'Donnell

    Bracket feet have held up furniture for more than 300 years. Like most enduring elements, they have weathered changes in style but never went out of fashion. Whether ...

  • The Drama UnfoldsThe Drama Unfolds

    by Anissa Kapsales

  • The Contemporary CabrioleThe Contemporary Cabriole

    by Jonathan Binzen

    The cabriole leg has been produced by furniture makers in thousands of variations since its heyday in the 18th century. This collection shows how the furniture ...

  • Shaping Wood by HandShaping Wood by Hand

    by Alfred Sharp

    Even if you have an impressive stable of power tools at your disposal, sometimes it is easier and quicker to shape wood the old-fashioned way. Used for generations ...

  • How to Straighten Warped PlywoodQ & A: How to Straighten Warped Plywood

    by Mark Edmundson

  • Success With Large SlabsSuccess With Large Slabs

    by D. Douglas Mooberry

    Chances are, you're used to shaping wood to fit the project, whether you're carving ball-and-claw feet or shaping molding on a router table. But when you work with ...

  • How to Make a Scratch StockVideo: How to Make a Scratch Stock

    with Garrett Hack

    Garrett Hack shows how to transform a small piece of scrap steel into a custom cutter for creating unique beads and other profiles

  • Flawless Curves on the BandsawFlawless Curves on the Bandsaw

    by Michael C. Fortune

    Learn how to cut curves on the bandsaw so smooth and flawless that they require very little smoothing and sanding afterward. Michael Fortune gathers his top tips ...

  • Pro Portfolio: Functional SculpturePro Portfolio: Functional Sculpture

    by Anissa Kapsales

    See a gallery of a work by Glen G. Guarino and learn some of his construction secrets

  • Glue Up Curved Slabs in One ShotGlue Up Curved Slabs in One Shot

    by David Marks

    This cable clamping jig can be used to clamp coopered curves of almost any radii, asymmetric curves, even S-shaped curves, all without any modification to the jig. ...

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