From how to get started with hand tools to mastering (and super-tuning) your handplane, this exclusive value pack has it all. Learn everything from designing and building a proper tool chest to sharpening a saw, to cutting a huge array of joints. Get top-notch instruction in sharpening, chisels, awls, marking knives, spokeshaves, planes and Read more
Tag Archives: Woodworking Essentials
Double-check your tools, your technique and your thinking.
By Robert W. Lang
One of the most important skills in woodworking is rarely discussed or considered as a thing that needs to be learned or practiced. The basic skills of measuring and its close cousin, layout, are essential to produce quality work. As a bonus, mastery of these basics reduces frustration during the building process.
But things aren’t always what they appear to be – measuring is a risky business. To be successful, you need to know what can be trusted and what is likely to lead you astray. Any measurement is only an approximation; no matter how precise you think you are, someone can come along with a better device and a finer unit.
Blog: Read the author’s post about techniques for accurate marking and layout.
Blog: Read the author’s post about measuring angles precisely.
In Our Store: “Measure Twice, Cut Once,” by Jim Tolpin. Read more
When it comes time to choose instructors for our Woodworking in America conferences, I feel like a kid set loose in the candy store. We don’t use demographic studies or market research, instead we sit down as a group and each of us presents a list of the woodworkers we really want to meet, shake … Read more
One of the sure signs of getting old is finding out that the kid who works in the next cubicle never heard of the TV show “WKRP in Cincinnati.” Another sign is remembering something that is taken for granted today was at one time brand spanking new. Our web guy wasn’t even born in 1982 … Read more
Anyone who has glued up a few doors knows how frustrating it can be attempting to build assemblies that turn out both flat and square. As I’m working on a cabinet article for the April issue of the magazine, I’m happy to have a few quick jigs on hand that make the process much less … Read more
Learning to work with hand tools takes a little guts, some basic dexterity and some background information. In today’s shop, you supply the guts, anyone can learn the dexterity and the background is best gotten from a crusty German master cabinetmaker.[...] Read more
By Nick Engler Pages: 45-52 From the June 2004 issue #141 Buy this issue now Routers were developed to cut moulded shapes in wood. Although their workshop role has expanded (greatly) during the last century to include joinery and other operations, moulding is still what they do best. They remain the chief woodworking tools for … Read more