From the Bench

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...