Hand Tools are the key to fine woodworking. A mastery of these tools will help you gain more control in your woodworking for those one off applications where a machine or power tool would be too cumbersome or challenging to setup. Not to mention the enjoyment and satisfaction gained from a sharp plane on a raw piece of wood. The learning curve is steep, but well worth the time investment.
It’s very easy to feel overwhelmed when walking into a woodworking store for the first time. The seemingly endless variations of tools, the different price points, and brands eager to sell to you can be a minefield. Let’s change that.
Now you’ve got your carefully selected, high quality tools, we’re going to jump straight into it and get your hands dirty! Start here and let’s start replacing those bad habits with good ones!
You have the right tools for the job, so it’s now time to get some material prepared! It is essential that your tools are sharp and well set up before starting this process. If not, you’re going to get extremely frustrated!
In this section, you will learn how to layout, cut and refine joinery for maximum strength with zero gaps. These joints will be used in the upcoming projects so be sure to put in a lot of practice.
These joints tend to have very specific applications such as chair making, carcass construction and drawer making. This makes them essential learning for any fine woodworker.
These joints can be very useful when constructing complex carcasses and also develop your layout and accuracy when marking out. Being able to produce these joints accurately is essential to the upcoming projects.
Before getting into any projects, it’s very important to have an understanding of the material you are actually using. An awareness of how the material grows, how it moves, and how it can be cut will drastically improve your making and designing skills.