Shaping

Learning how to shape wood beyond flat and square elevates your woodworking skills and furniture projects to the next level. Whether you’re in search of the latest tools and technology or seasoned woodworking advice and easy explanations of wood carving techniques, you’ll find it here. From carving methods that use antique wood shaping tools and how-to advice on sharpening tricky carving tools to advice on modern machines that make quick work of exacting details, we’ve got you covered.

Stanley No. 65: My Favorite Tool of 2010

I like chamfers as much as I like grits. And making stop-chamfers with a little lamb’s tongue detail at the end is like adding crispy pork belly and goat cheese to my grits. As a result of my design fetish, I feel like someone in New Britain, Conn., was thinking of me when they...

Rehandling a Chisel

For the last week or so I’ve been researching the science of smacking the snot out of things. I’ve been reading lecture notes from a Harvard course on “fracture mechanics,” learning what the Timber Construction Manual has to say about “design values for bearing on end grain” and hearing about the construction of escrima...

Review: Lie-Nielsen Curved Drawknife

Though I don’t talk much about it here on the blog, one of my long-standing obsessions (aside from my “goat” problem) is with chairmaking. I’ve taken a few classes, built a bunch of chairs and dream about doing work as nice as Curtis Buchanan, Peter Galbert or even Dave Sawyer. Since I started making...

I am That Nutjob

Sometimes with woodworking, what seems crazy one day can be quite sensible the next. I distinctly remember reading in the late 1990s a manuscript from an author who was building some Morris chairs. He used an 8′-long beam compass to lay out the shallow curves on the chairs’ stretchers and had to enlist his...

Auriou Rasps Available Now

Find your credit card. You know the one. It’s one your spouse always hides when you get caught reading my blog. Auriou, the venerable French toolmaker that closed it doors last year after a labor dispute, re-opened for business on Friday. Thanks to new owners and the same plant manager, the new Forge de...