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From the Bench: Simple, Useful Cabinet Scrapers

The cabinet scraper is an effective weapon in the war against tear-out. By Don McConnell Pages: 32-34 From the June 2004 issue #141 Buy this issue now The cabinet scraper (also known as a card scraper) holds a remarkable place among the traditional woodworking tools that are used to deal with especially dense timbers...

From the Bench: The Basic Bench Hook

Three pieces of wood make crosscutting and planing easier – no matter where you work. By Don McConnell Pages: 98-100 From the April 2004 issue #140 Buy this issue now It’s difficult to imagine the wooden bench hook without its almost constant companion, the backsaw. Indeed, this association is so strong that an alternative...

From the Bench: Precision Edge-jointing by Hand

Even if you own a powered jointer, you can get a superior fit with a long hand plane. By Don McConnell Pages: 92-94 From the February 2004 issue #139 Buy this issue now I imagine a good percentage of you are wondering why in the world you should learn to joint a board’s edge...

From the Bench: Testing Your Layout Tools

Is your square really square? Is your straightedge straight? Tools that have been trued make woodworking easier. By Don McConnell Pages: 32-36 From the November 2004 issue #144 Buy this issue now A couple of years ago, while demonstrating edge jointing using hand planes, the shot edge appeared to be slightly convex when I...