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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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Making a Small Brass Plane by Hand with Bowmaker Ken Altman

This year, I am finally learning and using my grandpa’s Stanley planes on my home refinishing projects.  Seeing my newfound interest in planes, my wife put me in touch with a local master craftsman.  Plane-making is not his business, but surprisingly integral to his traditional craft of making violin bows.  Traditional Planing Still Used in Bow Making I am learning …

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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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Wood Toys to Make for Kids (w/ downloadable templates)

Wooden toys have remained popular for many years because of their aesthetic and durability. Their minimalist look has also been said to encourage creativity and imagination in children. However, they can be somewhat expensive depending on where you purchase them. But there’s no need to spend large amounts of money on these old-fashioned toys. Most are easy and quick to …

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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 Kind of Hand Tools To Look For In Yard Sales

Yard sales are held by people and organizations for getting rid of excess items that are no longer serving them any purpose. These sales offer great products with even greater bargains, making it an amazing opportunity for shoppers. Products that are sold at yard sales may be something as mundane as comics, as advanced as electronic gadgets, and everything in …

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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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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 …