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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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10 Woodworking Projects for High Schoolers

High Schoolers are at a special age where they are learning the skills necessary for entering into the world as adults. Woodworking can be a great way for them to express themselves while also learning a valuable skill that they’ll appreciate throughout their lives. It is also a great way for parents and teens to bond while engaging in a …

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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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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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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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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. …