Cutting with Crosscut and Ripcut

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 […]

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Wood Finishes

                                                                Before finishing, sand your project or section with 240 grit sandpaper, this gives the surface texture (also known as ‘tooth’) and gives the […]

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Round Rod

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 […]

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Roundovers

For this exercise you will need: Wood (Any size will work, the longer the edges, the more practise you will get) Plane Sandpaper Once you have trued your wood, it is best to remove the corner of the wood first before starting to increase/decrease the angle of the plane for the roundover. Work on the […]

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How to Make a Dovetail Template

For 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 […]

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Setting Hinges

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 you are hinging first (it is generally easier to hinge the lighter component first).   […]

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Truing Stock

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 or bellied. If it isn’t straight, use a smoothing plane to take off the high spots. If no hollow or belly is identified, you can go […]

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Since our launch date we have published many more free guides, exercises and courses. We really appreciate anyone who has got in touch over the last few months, your feedback has been used to help improve both the site and our content. Incase You Missed It Glossary We have changed the way our glossary works, […]

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The Sawset Guide

A sawset is used to carefully and accurately bend the teeth of a saw to develop a kerf wider than the saw plate to avoid it binding as the saw passes into and through the cut. The sawset bends the teeth away from the plate, it is used to bend every other tooth in the […]

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Using a Sawset

When using a sawset, start at one end of the saw and work your way down, setting each alternate tooth so you don’t lose track of your pattern (ripcut/crosscut) and end up setting the teeth in the wrong direction. Set every other tooth one way, then turn the saw end for end and repeat the […]

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