Chisel Rescue: A Grinder, Honing Stones, And Some Elbow Grease Can Save A Good Tool From The Scrap Heap.

Paul Anthony, senior editor - 11-16-2015

Far too many chisels, plane irons, and saws face a premature death or dismissal. Scrap heaps and flea markets are full of tools discarded simply because they’re ugly with rust or battle scars. But any savvy woodworker recognizes that there’s good life, and even honor, in many “trashed” tools...

Tips From Tommy: Staying Sharp With Diamond Stones

Tommy Mac - 09-18-2015

Every woodworker knows how important it is to work with sharp tools. We also know there are plenty of opinions about how to get chisels and plane blades sharp and keep them that way. When I worked as a carpenter, I used oilstones. Later on, when I studied woodworking at the North Bennet Street Schoo...

Sharpen A Scraper...And Put It To Work: Turn a hook and watch the shavings fly.

Andy Rae - 09-17-2015

When smoothing wood, I reach for a rectangle of steel called a card scraper. Despite its humble appearance, a card scraper is remarkably versatile at refining surfaces. It will remove hardened glue, smooth and level difficult woods and exposed joints, and smooth a finish. Its small size makes it mor...

10 Essential Sharpening Tricks

Andy Rae - 08-19-2015

Sharpening straight-edged tools, such as chisels and plane irons, is a necessary and regular part of ownership. A dull tool is a dangerous tool. A sharp tool cuts better and is safer because you have more control, and the results speak for themselves: You get clean, flat surfaces that are free of sc...

The Essential Block Plane

Craig Bentzley - 07-20-2015

It’s no secret that I love hand planes and own way too many of them–about 250 at last count. Many of them perform highly specialized tasks and don’t see use very often. But there’s one type of plane that’s a stand-out exception: the block plane. In fact, when I’m asked by beginnin...

Bandsaw Upgrades: 12 Ways To Supercharge (or spruce up) Your Favorite Sawyer.

Joe Hurst-Wajszczuk - 05-12-2015

It’s no surprise that the bandsaw ranks as one of the hardest-working machines in most woodshops. What’s really interesting is that the design of the venerable 14" (wheel diameter) machine has remained largely unchanged for decades. The popularity and longevity of this ubiquitous workhorse has g...

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