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Chipbreaker: Theory & Use

Most bench planes come equipped to eliminate tear-out. by Kees van der Heiden & Wilbur Pan pages 32-34Handplanes are great tools for creating a smooth, finish-ready surface on a board without the dust and noise from a sander. If the board is straight grained and the blade is sharp, it is easy to use a plane....

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Japanese Chisels

The hard truth about these ancient tools.By Wilbur Pan Pages 30-32Japanese tools have a reputation of being suitable only for softwoods. This is an unfounded worry, especially in the case of Japanese chisels. As woodworker Kari Hultman (writer of The Village Carpenter blog) attests, “I would like to publicly profess my love of Japanese chisels....

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End Grain: It Comes Down to the Cut

Thoughts on woodworking and the art of growing up with Zen.By Wilbur Pan Page 68Because I’m of Chinese descent, it’s probably not a surprise that I found myself drawn to Japanese tools when I started woodworking, and that I wanted to learn how they worked and how they were used. At first this was frustrating....

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Arts & Mysteries: Separated at Birth?

Western and Eastern tools might not be as different as you think.By Bob Rozaieski & Wilbur Pan Pages: 22-24From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue nowAt first glance, Japanese woodworking tools and techniques seem like the platypus of the woodworking world. Beginning in the Edo period in the early 1600s, Japan isolated itself...