The woodworker’s knife has a thin steel blade attached to a handle, sometimes the steel blade is retractable or folds. These can also be known as scoring, striking, marking or layout knives. They generally come with plastic, metal or wooden handles.

Uses
The knife is used to cut through the surface fibres of the wood to […]

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You hold the knife by gripping around the handle, rest your thumb on the side and use your index finger to apply pressure to the top of the handle, this will allow you to vary the pressure, and therefore the depth of the cut and maintain firm control of the knife. This is made […]

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When buying a woodworker’s knife you should look for a thin, strong, flat blade. Don’t be put off by the disposable blade options as some of these can be sharpened and last up to 2 years. Paul recommends the Stanley Folding Pocket Knife model 0 10 598 and the Swann-Morton model SMO-R, which is […]

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Note: Be careful when sharpening as the tools will become very sharp, always face the blade away from you when sharpening.
Often the knifepoint of the blade breaks off quite soon in use, this is because they are used more heavily for woodworking. As they do wear away more quickly than if they were used […]

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[…] will focus on using two registration faces to mark around your wood which will help when you need to crosscut wood to length, which requires an accurate knifewall on all faces to prevent tearout. It will also help you to understand how to mark around a piece of wood when defining a knifewall in […]

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[…] guarantee a good fit. The majority of hinges are used in pairs and sometimes with three, very rarely do we use one hinge alone.
Equipment needed:

Hinge and screws
Screwdriver
Gauge
Chisel
Square awl
Knife
Chisel Hammer
Square

Place your wood in the vise and put the the hinge in the desired position, using the knuckle of the hinge butted up against the component […]

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[…] this, you will need:

Piece of wood- 1 ¼” (32mm) wide, ⅞” (22mm) thick, 4” (102mm) long (any straight grained, knot free, durable hardwood will work best)
Pencil
Steel Rule

Card scraper
Knife
File
Router Plane or Marking Gauge
Dovetail and Tenon saw
1″ Chisel

Make sure all your faces have been trued, to see how to do this, click here.
1. Mark 1 ½” (38mm) from […]

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Once you are confident your square is set up you align the head (stock) against the straight edge of the wood and use a pencil or a woodworker’s knife to mark the 45/90° angle.
To move the head along the beam, turn the adjustment wheel to loosen the head, this enables it to be moved, when […]

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You will need:

2 x pieces of wood (scrap wood will work for this)
Ripcut Saw
Crosscut Saw
Pencil
Square
Knife

Ripcut

Draw a line about 1” (25mm) from the edge along the length of your wood. Starting with the ripcut panel saw, use your thumb to guide the saw to the start of the cut.
With each stroke, begin to lower […]

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Checking the Square is Accurate-Step 1

[…] techniques, they are very accurately square. Put your square on the long side of the paper and draw down one side of the beam, either using a knife or a sharp pencil. Then flip it over and see if the markings line up. If they do not, your square is inaccurate.
For a square to […]

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