Roughing, flattening and smoothing lumber are fundamental hand tool woodworking skills. Before you can properly perform these tasks, you need to know how to shape your plane irons.The shape of the edge of a bench plane iron across its width is determined by its function. For roughing, the edge of the iron should be cambered...
Even if your wood has been drying in Uncle Joe’s barn for the past 100 years, the moisture content (MC) will be more than 15 percent. What you need is a MC of about 8 percent.
Properly adjusting handscrews can be tricky, but these two steps at right show a clever way to do it.
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...
You can’t use this wood as it is. You’ve got to do some selective cutting first and then dry out the wood before making furniture with it.
A Low-angle bench planes allow you to change the blade’s effective cutting angle to suit specific tasks. Because the bevel points up on a low-angle plane, the effective cutting angle can be varied based on the iron’s bevel angle.
When I’m not using my miter saw station, I simply remove the saw and stand the 2x12 on end, secured against a wall. The whole setup cost me about $50.
Turn on the sander and exert just enough pressure to keep the pad in place.The rust should be gone in a matter of seconds.
Use a bandsaw, not a tablesaw. It’s not good shop practice to rip a board less than 12 in. long on the tablesaw because it may kick back at you.