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Is it Possible to Oversharpen Woodworking Tools?

There are a few opinions on whether or not you can oversharpen a woodworking tool, so, I decided to take a look at a few of the tools and techniques that woodworkers use. I wanted to see if it was possible to actually over sharpen them. I discovered a few things that even I, as someone who has been working …

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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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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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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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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 …

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Where to Find and Buy Hand Tools – Starting the hunt!

Do you want help finding hand tools? If you’re new to the world of hand tools you may have no clue on where to buy them. The good news is that hand tools not only are easy to come by, finding hand tools is fun too! Today we’re going to take a look at where you can find them. I …

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Woodworking without Power Tools or Electricity

You know what? I get it. Wood projects capture the imagination. After browsing Instructables you got excited. Start way to many projects. You have an unfinished Jelly Bean dispenser, German beer mug, or maybe even a Cigar Box Ukulele taunting you on your Work Bench. But every time you get started you run up against the same problem. You don’t have …

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10 Beautiful Woodworking Joints: You Can Forget the Nails

When you think about building something out of wood, be it a chair, dresser, or simple cabinet. The first thing most upcoming woodworkers gravitate towards as the ‘go-to’ method of joining the wood together and making sure it stays that way is the trusty, time-tested, nail. Guess what, you may not realize it but you do NOT need anything more …