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What Is A Manual Nibbler?

What Is A Nibbler? The Manual Nibbler is the kind of tool you don’t think about until you really need it. I remember my first time using one and cutting through steel like it was nothing. The nibbler is a tool that cuts through sheet metal. Using a nibbler creates straight, even cuts, with minimal distortion of the sheet metal. …

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Can You Use Mineral Oil On Hand Tools?

Yes, mineral oil can be safely used on hand tools to protect blades and metal parts from rusting. Using a soft rag, apply a very thin film of mineral oil over the metal surface after use. Mineral oil does not go rancid or oxidize. The best types of mineral oils to use are: Any brand of pure mineral oil 3-in-1 …

How To Use Toggle Clamps

What Are Toggle Clamps? The toggle clamp is an extremely popular tool in carpentry and an essential hand tool, for both safety and accuracy. Because of it’s specialized use, it’s not quite as recognizable as a two-jawed clamp. Unlike standard clamps, toggle clamps are permanently bolted to a work surface. They have a single clamping plate to hold the work …

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The Future of Woodworking

In the age of artificial intelligence, where does traditional woodworking fit in? Traditional woodworking will soon become a niche market. The future of this craft undeniably includes competition with technological advances. However, the desire and demand for hand-crafted products will sustain those craftsmen who embrace such a unique positioning and implement savvy marketing techniques. For that reason, successful woodworkers must …

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The Ultimate Guide to Whittling: Make Art, Pass the Time

(Yes, it’s different than carving) Whittling. It’s always had an almost romantic connotation. It calls up images of an older gentleman looking out over a farm, working away at a wooden spoon. A craft to bide the time. For starters, it’s worth mentioning that although they are often used interchangeably, whittling is not the same as carving. They are two …

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5 Beginning Woodburning Projects You Can Complete in an Afternoon

What kind of projects (and potential homemade Christmas gifts) can you make with a woodburning tool?! There are many great ideas out there for projects you can create via woodburning. In this article, we’re going to introduce you to 5 basic projects you can start with and even gift. We’ll also briefly discuss tips and tricks for beginners. From there, …

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What is a spokeshave and what is it used for?

Regardless of your skill level, if you have been in woodworking, you’ve probably heard of spokeshave even if you haven’t used one. Spokeshaves are used to smooth and flatten complex shapes in wood. Most commonly, spokeshave will be used for stuff like creating wheel spokes or even arrows. There are other uses of course that I haven’t listed here. Unlike …

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Making a Small Brass Plane by Hand with Bowmaker Ken Altman

This year, I am finally learning and using my grandpa’s Stanley planes on my home refinishing projects.  Seeing my newfound interest in planes, my wife put me in touch with a local master craftsman.  Plane-making is not his business, but surprisingly integral to his traditional craft of making violin bows.  Traditional Planing Still Used in Bow Making I am learning …

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A Guide To Basic Hand Planes

The Basic Three Hand Planes You Need For Woodworking We’re Here For You: A Little Helpful Direction If you’re looking into woodworking with hand tools, the first thing you probably did was search for, well some hand tools. And maybe it was a little overwhelming. The community of hand tool woodworkers (or unplugged woodworkers if you prefer), is passionate and …