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Common Hand Tools and Plane Cutting Angles

When cutting and shaping wood, using the right tools can make a great difference. However, it depends on how easy the job is and what the quality of the outcome is. Some common hand tools used for wood works include Handsaws, Tenon saws, Coping saws, Dovetail handsaws, hand planes, and Wood Chisels. Each of these hand tools has a special …

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Are there wood planes for curves?

Yes. They are called compass planes (or circular plane, ship’s plane or radius plane). These tools have a rich history, used by ship builders, carriage builders and furniture makers throughout history. They are unrivaled by other planes and sanding blocks for smooth, sweeping curves. The compass plane is used mostly as a shaping plane, similarly to the way a jack …

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What is the difference between Bevel Up and Bevel Down Planes?

A hand plane is used to flatten and smooth broad wood surfaces and are irreplaceable in a well stocked wood shop. However, deciding which ones to buy can be challenging especially as a beginner. One of the choices is deciding between a Bevel Up and Bevel Down Plane. Each style has its own advantages, disadvantages, and uses. The fundamental difference …

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What Hand Tool Is Used to Roll Logs?

Cant hooks and peaveys, often spoken of interchangeably are used for rolling logs. A cant hook, also called a cant dog is a tool used by loggers, to handle cants or logs. (What is a cant, you may ask? Simply put, a cant is a partially sawn log.) Originally used by loggers cant hooks and peaveys are used by the …

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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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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Are Hammer Heads Hardened?

Do you know the reasoning behind and process of hardening a hammer head? Manufacturers harden a hammer head for strength and durability via tempering processes. In this article, we’ll talk about how a hammer comes to be, how to safely use it, and what the best hammers have in common. By the end of these few thousand words, you’ll be …

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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 …