Paul Sellers recommends a 12” (300mm) combination square as this should be suitable for almost all woodworking projects. He finds the try squares don’t remain accurately square as with the better quality combination square. When buying a square, look out for one with a cast iron head as the ones with aluminium heads tend…Read More
To check if your square is accurate, you can use a piece of paper or card stock as, due to their manufacturing 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…Read More
The set square is used to ensure the accuracy of layout lines and cuts made with other tools. It must always be accurate because otherwise subsequent work will result in lower levels of work quality.
The set square is one of the most important tools used in making furniture. It is used for marking out…
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…Read More
This exercise 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…Read More
Note: Before setting your hinges, if there is more than one, check them over to ensure there are no major discrepancies in sizing between the two. Whereas some hinges are made to tight tolerances, some are not, in which case the recesses must be customised to each specific hinge flap to guarantee a good fit.…Read More
…on the project you are working on)
Winding Sticks (you can make them using this video or you can use the ‘poor mans’ version Paul uses in this guide)
All stock must be trued before joinery to establish the registration faces required for accurate layout.
1. Sight down the wood to see if it is straight, hollowed…Read More
This angled cuts exercise will allow you to practice controlling the saw and the direction of cut
Dovetail Template or Sliding Bevel and Square
Tenon Saw or Dovetail Saw
To view a video showing the sawing technique, click here.
Marking out using a dovetail template
Use a dovetail template to mark multiple angled lines across the end grain…Read More
For this, you will need: Wood Pencil Steel Rule Brace and Bit (the size of the required round rod diameter) or a 1-inch coin Sash Clamp Bench Plane Spokeshave (flat-bottomed) Card Scraper Abrasive Paper (150 grit) 1. Once you have cut your wood to a square section, you can use a coin to…Read More
Ensure all your boards have been trued and are square, to see how to do this, see our Truing Stock guide. For this you will need: PencilPlaneHandsaw#80 scraperAbrasive PaperGlueSash Clamps Lay the boards flat on a large surface such as the workbench top to decide their configuration. Then, put your boards together and align the…Read More