The Core Hand Tools

For the cost of one large piece of machinery, you can set up a complete shop with hand tools. Here's what you need to get started.

Apologia for the Custom Handplane

The best rationale for these ultra high-end tools might not be what you think. Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the December 2015 issue of Popular Woodworking Over the [...]

Gas-powered Plane-till Lid

I have a meager collection of handplanes made up of mostly dog-meat users. I like using planes that have history because it’s fun to think about what each might have made during the last 100 [...]

Prize Rabbet Plane

Tool: Bevel-Up Jack Rabbet Plane Manufacturer: Veritas MSRP: $329.00 Specialty planes have a special place in my shop. They’re good for the soul. I use them when I want to turn off the [...]

Just Plane Round

We may receive a commission when you use our affiliate links. However, this does not impact our recommendations. An exercise in dowel-making without a lathe During my formative years as a [...]

New Uses for Old Handplanes

The box arrives in the mail and the new plane you’ve been yearning for has finally arrived. You spend a few minutes admiring the workmanship, then get to work flattening the back of the plane [...]

Understanding Bench Planes

Bench planes come in a wide range of lengths and widths. Do you need them all? Which ones are most useful? And if you only had to buy one....

The Simplest of Tips

I have seen students try to unclog planes with steel rulers, paint brushes, even nails and screws. Enter the Simplest of Tips, ever.

Chad Stanton, Not Just a Pretty Face

Flemish? Jacobean? Nope, Chad Stanton. To many, that name might mean making simple (but handsome) I Can Do That!  projects from home-center lumber and tools as showcased in his video series – [...]

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