Techniques

Below you’ll find smart woodworking techniques including quick tips, advice for beginners and more advanced methods to improve your skills and allow you to get the most out of your workshop and tools. Whether you’re looking for traditional woodworking techniques using hand tools or power tools, finishing or sharpening advice, or just want to hone your woodworking basics, the advice below is from seasoned and trusted woodworkers and furniture makers working at the top of their field.

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Making Rabbets with Woodworking Hand Tools

If you are just getting started with woodworking hand tools, you will quickly learn that the ability to cut rabbets is essential for making drawers, casework and many other projects. Drawer bottoms usually sit in dados or rabbets, and drawer fronts can be attached to rabbets in the sides. Cabinetmakers cut rabbets into end panels to accept...

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Make an Auxiliary Vise Jaw to Hold Awkward Pieces

How often have you tried to clamp a tapered, oval, or round workpiece in your vise and wished that one of the vise’s jaws would conform to the shape of the part you are clamping? It happened to me quite often and at one point (five years ago to be exact), after using a...