Exercises

Using Registration Faces

For this exercise, you will need: Plane Knife Square Pencil Plane down two adjacent surfaces so that they are flat and straight and square to one another. These are now your ‘registration faces’ and will be the faces you register the stock of the square against each time. Mark them with a face mark and…

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Gluing Up a Table Top (and Other Wide Boards)

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: Pencil Plane Handsaw #80 scraper Abrasive Paper Glue Sash Clamps Lay the boards flat on a large surface such as the workbench top to decide their configuration. Then, put…

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Spokeshave Control

For these exercises you will need: 1x piece of wood approximately ¾” thick (19mm), 4” wide (100mm), 16” long (400mm) 2x 1” (25mm) panel pins (finish nails USA) Pencil Spare thin piece of wood (thin enough to bend gently without snapping) 3/16” thick (5mm), ¾” (19mm) wide, same length as your main piece of wood.…

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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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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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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

For this exercise you will need: Wood (size will be dependent on the project you are working on) Plane Steel Rule Winding Sticks (you can make them using this video or you can use the ‘poor mans’ version Paul uses in this guide) Pencil Square Gauge All stock must be trued before joinery to establish the…

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Arches- Stop Cut Method

For this exercise, you will need: Wood Pencil Arch Template Tenon Saw Chisel Spokeshave Card Scraper (optional) 240 Grit Sandpaper   1. Cut a template from a piece of paper and transfer the shape onto your wood (Paul uses a more permanent wooden template here).   2. Use your saw to create stop cuts about…

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Bench Plane Setup

This exercise will get you familiar with the parts of the plane and where they go. To see the video on putting the plane together, click here. You will need: Bench Plane Bailey-pattern #4 Flat head screwdriver Start by dismantling the plane, take any removable pieces apart, including all the screws but not the tote…

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