How to Sharpen a Plane Iron

How to Sharpen a Plane Iron

One of the most familiar hand tools to most woodworkers is the plane. While there are several types of planes, all of them work on the same principle. The bottom of the plane is a flat surface with a slot in it. The plane iron or blade extends through this slot just enough to allow the plane to shave small amounts of ...

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Woodworking Skills for Furniture Painting

Woodworking Skills for Furniture Painting

There are current preferences today towards retaining the natural wood tones in your furniture, rather than having your furniture painted. But something important to know is there are some types of furniture, along with some types of wood that actually will look better painted versus the natural wood look. The key to ...

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The 10 Best Woodworking Books

The 10 Best Woodworking Books

As an apprentice furniture maker, I read everything I could get my hands on. After twenty years of reading woodworking books, here are the ten best. The Fine Art of Cabinetmaking by James Krenov. When I first read this book, I kept putting it down to go stare at my wood pile to see if I had what I needed to ...

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Using Measuring Tools for Woodwork Projects

Using Measuring Tools for Woodwork Projects

You have decided that you want to do a project on your own, but needs help in choosing and using measuring tools effectively. This can be overwhelming but don't let an empty tool box discourage you from woodworking. The bare necessities that you would use for measuring is your tape measure, squares and compass or wing ...

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Woodworking Tips: Repairing Veneer

Woodworking Tips: Repairing Veneer

Once you've stripped your woodwork or furniture to the bare wood, you'll want to be sure everything is in top condition before proceeding with the final step of applying a finish. Usually, minor repairs need to be made. A light sanding will give a satin-smooth surface. If you're an antique buff or bound on ...

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Woodworking Tips for Hardwoods

Woodworking Tips for Hardwoods

The term hardwood is not due to the actual hardness or thickness of the wood but describes whether or not a wood comes from a deciduous (leaf bearing) tree or conifer (cone bearing) tree. Hardwoods come from the former such as oak, cherry, mahogany, maple, and ash. The most important tip in starting out with ...

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10 Most Important Safety Tips for Woodworking

10 Most Important Safety Tips for Woodworking

Woodworking can be a fun and profitable hobby. Safety is always number one and should be followed at all times. Patience is probably one's best asset when woodworking for the beginner or the pro. Here are ten safety tips for the beginner. Ten most important tips Tip number one: Right tools for the job. Example: do ...

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Must Have Tools for Woodworking

Must Have Tools for Woodworking

Okay so I just got back from the Kansas City Renaissance Fair. I saw this post here for a topic of must have tools for wood working. Instead of going into the modern day hammer, drill and such I've decided to go a bit old school. What are some must have woodworking tools for old style wood working projects. After ...

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Woodworking Patterns for Kids

Woodworking Patterns for Kids

With fall upon us it is a great time to start a woodworking project with your kids. Here are 10 free woodworking patterns available online to help you get started. Some excellent patterns for kids Birdhouse - Thissimple woodworking pattern for a bird house is a classic example of a started project for woodworking ...

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Tips on Using a Router for Woodworking Projects

Tips on Using a Router for Woodworking Projects

Routers are not limited only to applying edgings on various materials. A router can be one of the most valuable tools in your shop. Routers can be inverted and fastened to a router table to provide control while allowing the ability to produce an array of profiles and joint cuts. Most routers can be purchased with ...

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