Editor’s note: I am resurfacing this article from American Woodworker because I am in the process of turning new handles for my Lie-Nielson and Stanley Sweetheart chisels. Tim Heil presents an interesting take on obtaining the taper for the socket with a folded piece of paper. I’ll share my version on...
Normally, a planer can’t take the twist out of a board; it merely makes the top side parallel to the bottom. To get a board flat without a jointer, fool the planer into thinking the bottom of your board is already flat.
Rust is the curse of all woodworkers, but you’ve got three weapons at your disposal.
It’s easier to work with than an oil-based floor paint and doesn’t give off dangerous fumes as does epoxy paint. Concrete stain won’t peel or chip off when you move your machines around because it penetrates the surface. Paint forms a film on top.
A starting pin helps prevents kickback when using a bearing-guided bit. It’s an important safety feature.
Classic Sawhorse I’ve found a sturdy sawhorse that’s great even if you have limited space. When I’m done working with them I just stack them on top of each other and store them out of the way. Here’s all it takes to build one horse: One 42-in.-long 2×6 for the top...
Try this classic method: after jointing or planing, lightly rub the wood with the side of a piece of chalk.
If you’re looking purely at durability, then an oil-based polyurethane is still superior, but only marginally.
What you do is attach a scribe to the end of the cabinet that goes into the corner.