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20+ Shop layout tips for the Hand Tool Woodworker(Download Included)

Shop layout creates the opportunity for a dream to come true for the future user. However, logistics can be a nightmare. For those in trouble, it is important to think about three things: the workshop flow, the necessary stations and the placement of the machinery and tools. Here is a diagram of my shop. I have also included the graph …

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What is the Best Wood for Beginners to Practice Carving with?

You’ve decided to take up wood carving, but before you begin, what’s the best wood to practice with? The best woods for beginner wood carvers are soft, inexpensive, and have little to no grain. Basswood, pine, balsa, walnut, and mahogany are all readily available and affordable. However, you can always pick up stray twigs and branches and practice on those, …

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15 Reasons To Work With Hand Tools

Many woodworkers have already made the switch to hand tools and gone “uplugged.” If you’re already a skilled woodworker or even just a beginner, you’re probably curious about the art of woodworking with hand tools. What are the benefits? Is it cheaper? Is it safer? Can I use them in an apartment? Wonder no more, I’ve whittled (excuse the pun) …

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Why Do Woodworking Benches Have Holes?

Take a look at any woodworking professional’s workbench and you might wonder, why there are holes randomly cut into the top? These holes are not randomly placed, and are actually called “dog holes.” Dog holes help woodworking professionals hold the piece they’re working on. They can also act like a vise when large amounts of pressure or force are necessary. …

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How to get Started with Hand Tools

If you’re new to woodworking with hand tools, you’re probably excited to get started. You’re eagerly anticipating turning out all kinds of beautiful projects like tables, chairs, bookshelves, and more. One of the greatest pleasures of woodworking is using hand tools. It brings you closer to the wood. It gives you a sense of tradition. They’re easy to carry and …

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10 Best Selling Woodworking Projects

To all The Crafty woodworkers out there. Are you looking for some projects that you can be proud of but also sell and make a little money out of your own little shop? Manual Woodworkers have considered this but they’re either not sure what will sell or how much profit they can make off of it. The thing is if …

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Where to Sell your Woodworking Creations

Do you enjoy creating woodworking masterpieces? Have you ever thought about selling those creations to make a little (or a lot of) extra money? If you are a woodsman, carpenter, carver, furniture maker, artisan, or cabinet maker, be your creation big or small, there is a huge opportunity for income. Take a look at… Etsy Local Craft Fairs Local Stores/Consignment …

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Practicing Hand Tool Safety: A General Guide for Woodworking

Hand tools, like most sharp, pokey, metal things can cause some significant bodily damage if used incorrectly. To stay safe, you should prepare and practice a number of basic habits. These habits will become preventative measures which will give you the best chance at avoiding missing fingers and huge splinters. Below is the general categories that most of your safety …

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Hand Tool Woodworking for Beginners and Mere Mortals

Most people who love beautiful furniture, decorative molding, and carved artwork also admire the craftsmanship that goes into creating them. Every would-be cabinetmaker dreams of becoming the next Duncan Phyfe, creating miraculously detailed furniture, but woodworking with hand tools can be much less intricate and still provide this satisfaction. This article will cover how to get started with hand tools …