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Planing with the Grain: A Quick Resource Guide

Is grain orientation during planing important? When planing, orienting the grain correctly is critical to achieving a smooth finish. Improper grain orientation can cause chips, tear-outs, and/or additional damage. In this article, we’ll discuss how to plane with the grain to avoid damage and how to identify the direction of grain in various common wood types. Each piece of wood …

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The Top 14 Carpentry Skills Woodworkers Should Know

What carpentry skills should woodworkers know? Beyond possessing basic woodworking knowledge, carpenters should know the most common tasks associated with their chosen profession. We’ve created a list of these skills below for you to reference. These skills will not only serve you as you look for a carpentry career but will help you excel in any position you obtain. This …

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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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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 …

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What Is the Difference Between a Spokeshave and a Draw Knife?

A spokeshave and a draw knife are used for similar purposes. However, there are a few differences between them that you should keep in mind when you start working with hand tools. In this article, you’ll learn: What a spokeshave is for What a draw knife is for Different kinds of spokeshaves and drawknives What makes a spokeshave different from …

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What are the parts of a wood working plane?

A commercial promoting woodworking bench planes would simply have to show me with an random orbit sander hooked to a screaming shop vac, wearing goggles, respirator, and hearing protection in a cloud of sawdust.  Then, cut to a paper-thin curl of wood whispering off an antique Stanley bench plane, revealing iridescent grain patterns as birds chirp in the background. This …

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10 Woodworking Projects for High Schoolers

High Schoolers are at a special age where they are learning the skills necessary for entering into the world as adults. Woodworking can be a great way for them to express themselves while also learning a valuable skill that they’ll appreciate throughout their lives. It is also a great way for parents and teens to bond while engaging in a …

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7 Projects for Hand Tool Beginners

The Not-so-typical Guide for Going Old School In the overwhelming world of the woodworking web, it can be difficult for a hand tool beginner to find their way. Perhaps you’re a seasoned power tool user who has decided to go old school. Or maybe you’re a total newcomer to woodworking who has chosen to use hand tools for their unparalleled …