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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 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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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 …

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Are There Different Kinds of Chisels?

Chisels are a tool you’ll be using in woodworking a lot. And there are several different kinds of chisels depending on the project you want to work on. But when you’re a beginner-level woodworker, you might be confused by the variety of chisels out there. Not only that, you’re scratching your head over which type of chisel you should use …

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Common Hand Tool Woodworking Injuries and How to Prevent/Treat Them

While woodworking is a word synonymous with craftsmanship and artistry, there is another side to it that not a lot of people think about. While not typically considered one of the most dangerous jobs, woodworking can have its perils. If you think about what they do, it only makes sense. When using all the sharp tools and machines that can cut through …

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What is the Difference Between Woodworking and Carpentry

Let’s discuss the age-old question: what is the difference between carpentry and woodworking? Ok so maybe not “age-old” but you get my gist. Over many years now, I’ve discovered a lot of people don’t actually know the difference between woodworking and carpentry. I have been part of several discussions about the matter and for years, I too was confused. I …